Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance

New Program Changes to be in Effect Starting January 1, 2022

(Winter 2022 quarter and Spring 2022 Semester)

Beginning January 1, 2022 ONGSTA will no longer be a last pay program. Calculations for the Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance (ONGSTA) grant program award will only be after Department of Defense (DoD) funded Federal Tuition Assistance program award amounts (FTA and MilTA) are applied to student’s in-state resident based tuition balance. Previously, ONGSTA awards were calculated after all federal and state grants were applied towards the student’s tuition balance.

Additionally, certain fees will be funded by the ONGSTA program. The fee amounts are calculated on the average fees charged to all students by which type of school the student is attending.

The fee amounts for each type of school for the remainder of the 2021-22 academic year are:

  •           Oregon Community Colleges - $327 per term
  •           Oregon Public Universities including OHSU - $667 per term
  •           Eligible Oregon Private Colleges - $578 per semester term, $385 per quarter term

A book allowance will also be provided by the ONGSTA program. The rate of payment will be based on a per-credit hour up to $1000 per academic year. For the 2021-22 academic year the rate per credit hour for quarter term based schools will be $28 per credit hour, for semester term based schools it will be $42 per credit hour.

Purpose of the ONGSTA Program

To provide funding for undergraduate tuition at in-state residency rates, certain fees, and a book allowance at eligible Oregon post-secondary institutions for current Oregon National Guard Members.

Eligible Oregon National Guard members can use the Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance (ONGSTA) for undergraduate degree and certificate programs at Oregon community collegespublic universitiesOregon Health and Science University (OHSU), and eligible post-secondary private institutions. The program will provide funding for in-state residency tuition rates for Oregon’s community colleges (up to 90 quarter credits), public universities, and OHSU (up to 180 quarter credits). For eligible private post-secondary institutions (up to 180 quarter credits or 120 semester credits), tuition will funded up to the average base in-state resident tuition rate of the seven Oregon public universities. Using the current 2021-2022 academic year Oregon public university base tuition average, $229 per credit hour is the maximum amount which would be calculated towards tuition at an eligible private post-secondary institution. 

Eligible private post-secondary institutions:

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • Complete military basic training
  • Be a member of the Oregon National Guard and not currently the subject of any adverse actions under the provisions of any Army, Air Force or National Guard Regulations
  • Be currently drilling and attending all scheduled unit training assemblies and annual training periods 
  • Not have achieved a baccalaureate degree or higher
  • Not be in default on any federal Title IV loan or owe a refund on federal Title IV funds previously disbursed, unless the institution disbursing funds determines that the student has made satisfactory arrangements to repay and has regained federal eligibility.
  • Be enrolled and in good standing* in an:
    • Associate degree granting program or
    • Undergraduate baccalaureate degree granting program at an eligible institution, or
    • An undergraduate certificate program at an eligible institution

* Good standing is maintaining a 2.0 GPA or meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress for Title IV funding requirements.


Application Requirements

Complete each of these requirements.

  • Create a Student Profile with the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC)
  • Complete the ONGSTA Application. Once you create your OSAC Student Profile, you will complete an Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program application on the “Grants” application section. The application is available only through your Student Profile.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additionally, please follow up with the schools Financial Aid Office for any further student aid requirements.

Army requirement:

  • Create a Federal TA account at ArmyIgnitED.com (you MUST use your CAC and check your military email for a verification link). Follow the step by step tutorial CLICK HERE. Next you must select your Education Path (school and degree program).  Tutorial available CLICK HERE.
  • Lastly,  you must request Federal TA for each of your classes every term no less than 5 days prior to your class start date.  Tutorial available CLICK HERE.
  • Note: classes starting the end of September (Fall) must be submitted earlier. Typically on/about 10 September.  The actual date is announced/posted each August.  
  • Soldiers whose classes started on or after 8 March 2021 will be provided exception to policy (ETP) TA funding if TA eligible once the ArmyIgnitEd site is operational. 

 

  • *****ARMY NATIONAL GUARD CADETS ONLY*****Cadet Commanders must submit a memorandum to the National Guard Education Office, stating you are officially enrolled as a cadet in good standing at your institution. Failure to do so, may cause a delay or denial of ONGSTA. 

 

  • Air Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Requirement: (members who are on an AGR Tour of at least 90 days or longer ) – Please contact your Wing’s Training Office below to validate eligibility for the Military Tuition Assistance (MilTA) Program and submit a MilTA request        

 

 

ONGSTA Application Deadlines

2022 Spring Term: February 28, 2022 Application deadline has expired
2022 Summer Term: May 20, 2022
2022 Fall Term: September 1, 2022
2023 Winter Term: December 1, 2022
2023 Spring Term: March 1, 2023


ONGSTA Award Amount Calculation

The Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance (ONGSTA) will be calculated based on DoD FTA or MilTA funds being applied towards a student’s tuition balance first before calculating ONGSTA award funds. Tuition will be based on the schools in-state tuition resident rate, excluding eligible private post-secondary institutions. 

For eligible private post-secondary institutions, the maximum award calculation is $229 per enrolled credit hour (current academic year average tuition rate of the 7 Oregon public universities) minus any DoD Federal Tuition Assistance grants the student is eligible for. 

The Montgomery GI Bill*-Selected Reserve (Ch 1606 Title 10 U.S.C.) education benefit can be used concurrently with the ONGSTA program. GI Bill* benefits are not counted into the ONGSTA award calculation.


                 *The GI Bill is a registered trade mark of the US Department of Veterans Affairs

Maximum Credit Calculation

The maximum credit count is calculated by using the student’s previous completed credit hours (transfer credits) in addition to the earned institutional credits that only apply towards the students specific declared program will be counted towards the maximum allowable completed credit hour limit.
90 credits at Oregon community colleges
180 quarter credits (or equivalent semester credits) at an Oregon public university, Oregon Health and Science University, or an eligible private post-secondary institution. 

Fund Disbursement

After your application is processed and schools notify us of the amount of your award, ONGSTA funds will be disbursed (sent) to your college or your university's Business Office. 

Neither OSAC nor the Oregon National Guard have control over the time it takes your particular school to apply your funds to your student account. Some schools apply funds to your account at the beginning of the term/semester, and others wait until add/drop is over. Some schools may be short-staffed or closed during certain holiday or break periods and may take longer to apply your funds. Please contact your school regarding receipt of your funds before you contact OSAC or the Oregon National Guard.

Student Responsibilities

  • Sign and return the financial aid award letter when you receive it from your school, or accept your award online if that is your school's preference.
  • If you decide to change schools, or have an address, telephone number, or email change after completing the ONGSTA application, notify OSAC by visiting your Student Profile and updating your ONGSTA application. 
  • Keep a copy of your application and any additional correspondence you receive.
  • If you do not receive your financial aid award letter in a timely manner, contact the financial aid office at your school.
  • If you receive correspondence from the Oregon National Guard, OSAC, or your school requesting additional information from you, please respond promptly.

 

ONGSTA Information Contact:

Bob Small
ONGSTA@hecc.oregon.gov
(503) 689-2976

 

 

 

Scholarship Opportunity for Oregon National Guard and Reserve Members

*** The Darlene Hooley Scholarship ***


Purpose

This scholarship is to support eligible students who are attending an Oregon educational institution of higher learning and have served or are serving in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). Eligible applicants must be currently serving or previously served in the Oregon National Guard or in a Military Reserve Component after 9/11 and deployed overseas supporting the GWOT.

This is a need based scholarship and the amount awarded (up to $3000 per academic year) will be determined by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The funds awarded are to be used to support the costs of attendance while enrolled in an Oregon educational institution of higher learning. 


Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be currently serving or previously served in the Oregon National Guard or in a Military Reserve Component as an Oregon resident after September 11, 2001.
  • You must have been deployed overseas in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) under “Honorable Conditions”.
  • You must be enrolled in an Oregon educational institution of higher learning.
  • You must be enrolled at least ½ time as determined by your school.
  • You must complete all of the following steps:


1. Create a Student Profile with the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC)

2. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

3. Complete and submit the Darlene Hooley Scholarship for Oregon National Guard and Reserves Application

4. Submit a copy of your DD-214 (Title 10 USC orders) or NGB-22 (Title 32 USC orders) to verify eligible service period and character of discharge.

Fund Disbursement:

After your application is processed and the amount of your award is determined, your funds will be disbursed (sent) to your college or your university's Business Office. OSAC does not have control over the time it takes your particular school to apply your funds to your student account. Some schools apply funds to your account at the beginning of the term, and others wait until add/drop date is over. Some schools may be short-staffed or closed during certain holiday or break periods and may take longer to apply your funds. Please contact your school regarding receipt of your funds before you contact OSAC.

Additional instructions on how to submit your application and discharge documents is provided on the application.

For questions concerning the Darlene Hooley Scholarship program, please contact:

Cheryl Connolly
cheryl.a.connolly@state.or.us
541-687-7422 or 800-452-8807 x 7422

 

ONGSTA Program Information Contact:

Bob Small
ONGSTA Program Administrator
ONGSTA@hecc.oregon.gov 
(503) 689-2976