Oregon Promise

Oregon Promise Updates — As of 7/11/19

Awarding Update

There is no longer an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) limit for Class of 2019 applicants. Visit Oregon Promise FAQs for more details.

Application Will Reopen in September

The Oregon Promise application is currently closed. The application will reopen in September, for students graduating between July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.

GPA Verification

Wednesday, July 10 is the final day for high school staff to verify GPAs online for Oregon Promise applicants who graduated between March 1 - June 30, 2019. Learn more about GPA verification.

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. Learn more about when seniors and/or recent graduates must 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
  • Have 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. For dependent students, your parent(s) must also live in Oregon.
  • 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. Learn more on the FAQ page.
    • There is no EFC limit for Class of 2019 applicants, who will begin community college in 2019-20.
    • OSAC has not yet determined if there will be an EFC limit for students who will begin attending a community college in Fall 2020 (Class of 2020) or later. OSAC typically announces EFC limit information in early spring each year.

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 available for GED® test graduates who are graduating between March 1, 2019 - 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 (before you graduate).


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.

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.  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.

How much money will I receive?

Awards range from $1,000 to $3,834 per year (in 2019-20) 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?

See all details on the Information for Recipients page. 

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