Oregon Promise

Oregon Promise Updates — As of 9/25/18

Application is Open

The Oregon Promise application is now open. For students graduating between July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019, please log in to the OSAC Student Portal and apply by your deadline.

Current College Student Toolkit

Check out our new Current College Student Toolkit, where you'll find resources to educate Oregon Promise recipients about the grant.

90 Credit Limit Explained

Check out this video, which explains the 90 credit limit for Oregon Promise.

More Updates

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. You can learn more in this video: Oregon Promise: Introduction & How to Apply

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® test graduate
  • Document a 2.50 cumulative high school GPA or higher; or a GED® test 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® test graduation
  • Be an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to college attendance
  • Must not have more than 90 college credits completed or attempted
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC): Students may be subject to eligibility requirements based on their EFC. EFC eligibility requirements are subject to change based on available funding.
    • For 2018-19, there is no EFC limit for Oregon Promise.
    • For 2019-20, EFC criteria has not been determined yet. All interested students are encouraged to apply for Oregon Promise by their deadline, regardless of their EFC.

When is my deadline to apply?

Most students must apply for Oregon Promise during their senior year of high school.

Oregon Promise has rolling deadlines based on when the student graduates. The application is currently available for students graduating between July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.

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

FIND YOUR DEADLINE

I am
graduating from:
I am graduating
during this time:
DEADLINE
to complete both:
Oregon Promise App.
& FAFSA or ORSAA
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

GED®
Program

March 1 - June 30 July 5 Fall
July 1 - Nov. 30 Dec. 5 Winter
Oct. 1 - Feb. 29 March 5 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.


How to Apply:

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

Watch the Oregon Promise Application Demo video to learn more.

When do I have to start college?

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

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. (Your application deadline is June 1.)

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.

How much money will I receive?

Awards range from $1,000 to $3,687 per year (in 2018-19) 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 2018-19 award information on the FAQ page.

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. 

Additional Resources for Oregon Promise Applicants

Western Oregon University (WOU) has a scholarship for students who applied for the Oregon Promise or are transferring to WOU as an Oregon Promise student.  Interested students can contact the WOU Financial Aid Office (1-877-877-1593) or visit WOU Jump-Start

Oregon Promise Resources

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: English l Spanish