Oregon Tribal Student Grant

The 2022-2023 online application is now available! Funding is limited, APPLY as soon as possible. 

Purpose

The Oregon Tribal Student Grant program was established to provide grants to eligible Oregon tribal students to offset the cost of attendance for attending eligible Oregon colleges and universities. Current continuing and new students are encouraged to apply for this grant for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The grant is intended to cover the average cost of attendance after all federal and state grants/scholarships have been applied.

The Oregon Tribal Student Grant is currently only funded for the 2022-2023 academic school year. Renewal of the grant for following years is dependent on funding being allocated for the 2023-2024 academic year by the Oregon state legislature.

Eligibility

Students who are eligible to receive the Oregon Tribal Student Grant:

  • The student must be an enrolled member of one of the nine Oregon federally recognized tribes:
    • Burns Paiute Tribe
    • Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians
    • Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
    • Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
    • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
    • Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
    • Coquille Indian Tribe
    • Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
    • Klamath Tribes
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a student at an Oregon college or university.
    • Eligible schools can include:
      • Oregon community colleges
      • Oregon public universities
      • Oregon based private non-profit colleges and universities
  • Completes Oregon Tribal Student Grant application
  • Submits the FAFSA/ORSAA
  • Will be enrolled at least half time for the 2022-2023 academic year
  • Maintains good standing in a degree seeking program
  • Working towards earning first degree or credential at the same level
    • For example, if a student is working on their second bachelor's degree they would not be eligible. If they are working on their first bachelor's degree they would be eligible for the Oregon Tribal Student Grant.
    • Another example, a student would be eligible for their first associate degree at a community college. If they are working on their second associate degree they would not be eligible for the Oregon Tribal Student Grant.
Awarding is prioritized for undergraduate and master's degree students. If funding is available after eligible undergraduate and master's degree students, full or partial awards may be made to students in either professional or doctoral programs of study, and/or graduate certificates. Graduate students are not required to have participated in the grant as undergraduate students.

Application Process

  1. Submits the 2022-2023 FAFSA or ORSAA.
  2. Complete the Oregon Tribal Student Grant application, including requested documentation. APPLY now!

OSAC is continuing to accept applications for the Fall 2022 and future terms.  Students who meet the following final application term deadlines will be considered on a funds available basis.

Future application “Early Bird” priority deadlines:
Winter Quarter: November 1
Spring Semester: November 1
Spring Quarter: February 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. 

Awarding

Award amounts will vary depending on where the student attends school and degree they are pursuing. Awards will be reduced by state and federal grants, such as the Pell Grant, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Oregon Promise Grant, etc. Awards will also be reduced by publicly funded state and federal scholarships. Grants cannot exceed the actual cost of attendance. Students will be awarded as follows:

Undergraduate Public Colleges or Universities:
Award will be calculated based on the school’s average Cost of Attendance (COA) for 15 credit hours per term and will be reduced by the amount of state and federal gift aid.

Undergraduate Private Universities:
Award will be calcu­lated based on the average COA for 15 credit hours per termat the highest cost public university* and will be reduced by the amount of state and federal gift aid.
 
Graduate Student Awards:
Award will be calculated based on the average un­dergraduate COA at the highest cost public university* and will be reduced by the amount of state, federal, and institutional gift aid (including assistantship aid) received by the student.

*Highest cost university of the universities listed in ORS 352.002. 

Grant payments for eligible recipients will be disbursed on a term/semester basis provided the student is in good standing in a degree seeking program/certificate. Disbursement is made directly to the college or university, not to the recipient. Award amounts will be pro-rated for half time and three-quarter time enrollment levels. Recipients should contact their school’s financial aid office and OSAC (publicprograms@hecc.oregon.gov) if they have an outstanding bill.

The Oregon Tribal Student Grant has currently only been funded for the 2022-2023 academic school year. Renewal of the grant for following years is dependent on funding being allocated by the Oregon State Legislature for the 2023-2024 academic year and beyond.

Communications Toolkit

These tools and resources are geared toward high school, college, and community partners who are helping to educate and spread the word about the Oregon Tribal Student Grant.

Administrative Rule

You may refer to the Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) for the Oregon Tribal Student Grant, number 575-105.

Contact

Public Programs
(541) 687-7400 PublicPrograms@hecc.oregon.gov