Oregon Promise

Oregon Promise Updates — As of 10/13/17

Webinars & Videos

Learn more about Oregon Promise - Sign up for a webinar or watch a video. These cover various topics, such as recent legislative changes, how to apply, and how the award is calculated.

Temporary Administrative Rule

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission has established a Temporary Administrative Rule, which clarifies the process for determining eligibility based on Expected Family Contribution. View the rule language here.

Legislative Update

New information is available about Oregon Promise funding and changes for 2017-19. Learn more at: Oregon Promise FAQs.

More Updates

Legislative Update

The State has invested a total of $40 million in the Oregon Promise Grant for 2017-19. The $40M investment allows Oregon to extend grants for 2016-17 awardees and add grants for eligible new students who will enter community college in the next two years. This will help to cover the cost of providing the grant to eligible Oregon students, but the funding falls approximately $8 million short of the projected cost to fully fund Oregon Promise in 2017-19.

Learn more about the changes in the Oregon Promise FAQs or watch the Oregon Promise Changes videoThe HECC has also issued a press release.

What is Oregon Promise?

Oregon Promise is a state grant that helps to cover most tuition costs at any Oregon community college for recent high school graduates and GED® recipients. You can learn more in this video: Oregon Promise: Introduction & How to ApplyOregon Promise award amounts for 2017-18 are currently available in the OSAC Student Portal.

Who is eligible?

You must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Complete an Oregon Promise Grant Application by the appropriate deadline
  • File a FAFSA or ORSAA application and list at least one Oregon community college
  • Be a recent Oregon high school graduate or GED recipient
  • Document a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA or higher; or a GED score of 145 or higher on each test
  • Plan to attend at least half-time at an Oregon community college within 6 months of high school graduation or GED completion
  • Be an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to college attendance
  • Must not have more than 90 college credits completed or attempted
  • Beginning with Fall 2017 applicants, students may be subject to eligibility criteria based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC limit for 2017-18 applicants is $18,000. New applicants who are above the EFC limit will not be eligible for an award. The EFC criteria is subject to change.

When can I apply?

Oregon Promise has rolling deadlines based on when the student graduates. If you are graduating (or completing your GED) between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 you can apply now.

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


High school graduation

or GED completion date

July 1 -

Nov. 30*

Oct. 1 -

Feb. 29*

Mar. 1 -

June 30

Must start college by

Winter Term Spring Term Fall Term

Deadline to complete both:

1) Oregon Promise Application
Nov. 1 Feb. 1 June 1











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.

*Graduating between Oct. 1 – Nov. 30: Apply for either Winter or Spring Term.

How do I apply?

  1. Create an account in the OSAC Student Portal
  2. Complete Oregon Promise Application in OSAC Student Portal by the deadline (see above).
  3. Verify your GPA or GED score. Follow instructions in OSAC Student Portal.
  4. Complete the FAFSA or ORSAA for the academic year when you will start college. List at least one Oregon community college.

Watch the Oregon Promise Application Demo video for further instructions.

How much money will I receive?

For full-time students, awards range from $1,000 to $3,540 per year (in 2017-18), minus a $50 co-pay per term. Your Oregon Promise award amount depends on several factors.

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.

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

See all details on the information for recipients page. Or view this video: Oregon Promise: Key Information for Current Recipients.

Additional Resources for Oregon Promise Applicants

Western Oregon University (WOU) has created a new scholarship for students who applied for the Oregon Promise, but were not awarded in 2017-18 due to the Expect Family Contribution limit.  Interested students can contact the WOU Financial Aid Office (1-877-877-1593) for a chance to receive an award of $1,000 for the 2017-18 academic year.  For more information, visit WOU Jump-Start


Learn More

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

Contact Us

Email info@oregonpromise.org or join the Listserv.

Download Materials

Download the Oregon Promise Handout 2017-18: English l Spanish