Oregon Promise

Oregon Promise Updates — As of 8/17/2020

Awarding Update: 22,000 EFC for Class of 2020

Oregon Promise awarding has finalized for students who will start college between Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. There is an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) limit of 22,000 due to a budget cut from the Oregon Legislature, which resulted in revoking awards for students with an EFC above 22,000 for Class of 2020 applicants. Visit Oregon Promise FAQs for all details.

Awarding Update: Class of 2020 EFC Limits

Oregon Promise awarding has updated for students who will start college in Fall 2020. There is an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) limit of 34,000 and an anticipated budget cut, which would result in revoked awards for students with an EFC above 18,000 for Class of 2020 applicants. Visit Oregon Promise FAQs for all details.

Class of 2020 & COVID-19

OSAC has made a change to the Oregon Promise Grant for the Class of 2020 due to COVID-19. Visit Oregon Promise FAQs for all details.

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Students who graduate between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 can start applying NOW. Renewal students do not submit another application, but simply submit the 2021-22 FAFSA or ORSAA by June 1, 2021. 

What is Oregon Promise?

Oregon Promise is a state grant that helps to cover tuition costs at any Oregon community college for recent high school graduates and GED® test graduates. Students must apply during their senior year or immediately after GED® test completion. Find your deadline here.

Who is eligible?

You must meet all of the eligibility and application requirements:


  1. Submit the Oregon Promise Grant Application by the appropriate deadline.
  2. Submit the FAFSA or ORSAA and list at least one Oregon community college. You must complete this by your application deadline.


  • Be a recent Oregon high school graduate or GED® test graduate.
  • Attend an Oregon community college by your required start termbased on your graduation date.
  • Have a 2.50 cumulative high school GPA or higher, or a 145 grade on all GED® tests.
  • Be an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to college attendance. For dependent students, your parent(s) must also live in Oregon.
  • Have no more than 90 college credits completed or attempted.
  • Students may be subject to eligibility requirements based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). EFC eligibility requirements are subject to change based on available funding. 
    • There is an EFC limit of 22,000 for new applicants (Class of 2020) who will begin college in Fall 2020. Visit Oregon Promise FAQs for all details.

When is my deadline to apply?

Most students must apply for Oregon Promise during their senior year of high school (before you graduate) - or immediately after you complete the GED® test credential.

Oregon Promise has rolling deadlines based on when the student graduates. The application is currently open for students graduating between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

View the deadlines table below, or use this tool to determine your deadline


I am
graduating from:
I am graduating
during this time:
to complete both:
Oregon Promise App.
You must start
community college
by this term:

High School 
or Home School

March 1 - June 30 JUNE 1 Fall
July 1 - Nov. 30 Nov. 1 Winter
Oct. 1 - Feb. 29 Feb. 1 Spring


March 1 - June 30 July 10 Fall
July 1 - Nov. 30 Dec. 10 Winter
Oct. 1 - Feb. 29 March 10 Spring

DEADLINE NOTE: The deadline is 5:00 pm (PST or PDT). If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, it will automatically be extended to 5:00 pm (PST or PDT) on the following business day.

Graduates between Oct. 1 – Nov. 30 may apply for either Winter or Spring Term.

How do I apply?

Complete all steps by your application deadline (varies by graduation date). For most students, you MUST apply during your senior year of high school (before you graduate), or immediately after GED® test completion.

How to Apply:

  1. Submit the Oregon Promise application in the OSAC Student Portal
  2. Submit the FAFSA or ORSAA for the year that you will start college. List at least one Oregon community college on the FAFSA or ORSAA.

When do I have to start college?

Most Oregon Promise students must begin attending an Oregon community college during the term immediately following your graduation date (excluding summer). 

If you are graduating in the spring (March - June), you must begin attending a community college and receive the Oregon Promise Grant in FALL term.  You must apply by your application deadline.

If you are graduating at another time during the year, use the Find Your Deadline tool to determine your college start term and application deadline. You may need to begin college in winter or spring term.

How long can I receive Oregon Promise?

Once awarded, you can receive Oregon Promise until you have attempted a total of 90 college credits. There is no limit to the number of years or terms you can receive the grant; it is based on the 90 credit limit. College credits earned in high school and other types of credits count toward the 90 credit limit, even if they are not paid for by Oregon Promise.

How much money will I receive?

Awards range from $1,000 to $4,005 per year (in 2020-21) for full-time students, minus a $50 co-pay per term. Your Oregon Promise award amount depends on several factors. Watch this video to learn more!

How will I be notified if I'm awarded?

You should frequently check your award status in the OSAC Student Portal. OSAC will also notify you by email once you have been awarded. Learn more about award information on the FAQ page.

I am a current Oregon Promise recipient - how do I renew my award and remain eligible?

Oregon Promise recipients must file a FAFSA or ORSAA each year of college by JUNE 1, in order to apply for renewal. See all requirements on the Information for Recipients page. Renewal students DO NOT complete another Oregon Promise application.

Oregon Promise Resources

Learn More

Read the Oregon Promise FAQs for more details. You can also sign up for webinars and view videos.

Download Materials

Download the Oregon Promise Handout: English l Spanish