Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance

Purpose

To provide funding for undergraduate tuition, at in-state residency rates at eligible Oregon post-secondary institutions for current Oregon National Guard Members.

For the summer 2020 term, Oregon community colleges and public universities are eligible for the ONGSTA program and only for approved degree seeking programs.

Starting the 2020 fall term, eligible Oregon National Guard members can use the Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance (ONGSTA) for undergrauate degree and certificate programs at Oregon community colleges, public universities, Oregon 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 2019-2020 academic year Oregon public univesity base tuition average, $207 per credit hour is the maximum amount which would be applied towards tuition at an eligible private post-secondary institution. Please note that this rate may change for the fall 2020 term due to anticipated tuition changes at any of the seven Oregon public universities.

Eligible private post-secondary institutions:

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • Complete any military basic training
  • Have a current passing Annual Physical Fitness Test (APFT) score
  • Be a member of the Oregon National Guard and not currently the subject of any adverse actions
  • Be currently drilling
  • 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. It is not necessary to complete them in order.

  • 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)
  • Army Requirement: Create a Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) account, Request TA Access and Request FTA for each of your current classes at www.GoArmyEd.com. Additionally you must provide a copy of your federal TA request form to your schools business office. This link provides instructions on how to complete these steps, please "Click Here"
  • 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        
    • ORANG State POC: CMSgt Elaine Nguyen at 503-584-2226        
    • 142 FSS/Force Development Office:  MSgt Leona La Madrid at 503-335-4054 or MSgt Andrew Kondor at 503-335-4050
    • 173 FSF/Force Development Office:  SMSgt Justin Wright at 541-885-6632 or SSgt Tiffany McCollam at 541-885-6632

  • Please note for FASFA purposes: If you are an out of state resident or recently moved to Oregon, OSAC is requesting that you submit your Student Aid Report (SAR) to our office. You can log in to your federal student aid account at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa to download your SAR and submit it through the HECC secure file transfer at https://ccwd.hecc.oregon.gov/FileTrans/default.aspx. This request is because OSAC may not be able to review your FAFSA information and this will expedite the processing of your application if you are an out of state resident or recently moved to Oregon. Questions regarding this can be directed to Bob Small at the contact information below.

ONGSTA only Application Deadlines:

  • 2020 Summer Term: June 1, 2020

  • 2020 Fall Term: August 31, 2020

  • 2021 Winter Term: December 1, 2020

  • 2021 Spring Term: March 1, 2021


ONGSTA Award Amount Calculation

The Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance (ONGSTA) is a “last dollar” program and will be calculated based on the availability of other state and federal grants for in-state tuition resident rate. 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

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
  • 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 a message or letter from the Oregon National Guard, OSAC, or your school requesting additional information from you, respond promptly.

ONGSTA Information Contact:

Bob Small
bob.small@state.or.us
(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)
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 submitt 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
bob.small@state.or.us 
(503) 689-2976