How do I get financial aid? The single most important part of the financial aid process is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (The FAFSA).
What is this FAFSA? It is a secure online form that the majority of schools use to determine how much financial aid to give a student. The aid amount is based on your parents and your finances, assets and family situation. When do I fill it out? Go online to FAFSA.ed.gov AFTER October 1st of senior year. This is a free application. There ARE websites that charge to fill out the FAFSA. DO NOT PAY TO FILL IT OUT.
What kind of aid can I get? The FAFSA is your ticket to loans, grants, work-study money and scholarships. MOST colleges will not award any scholarship unless they have your FAFSA on file with them. Your FAFSA needs to include a list of all the colleges you are considering.
Does Oregon have any special programs to get money for college? The best application for Oregon students is the OSAC (Office of Student Access and Completion) scholarships. $55 million dollars is available to Oregon students every year through the OSAC. Application deadline is March 1st. See our State Scholarships page for more information.
Anything else? The Oregon Opportunity Grant is the primary need-based program for Oregon students. The average award is $2000. The application is automatic when you fill out the FAFSA.
How can I find out more about getting financial aid and filling out the FAFSA? Connect with your counselor and/or our college and career center. Check out the Oregon Opportunities booklet to learn more!
Financial Aid Resources
Federal Student Aid: View and download resources from the office of Federal Student Aid. Provide resources on preparing for college or career school, applying for aid, consumer protection, and more. College Scorecard: Provides information about the affordability and value of different colleges and universities in the United States. Paying for College: This tool from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and helps students compare financial aid and college costs. Net Price Calculator: Compare costs between the specific schools you are applying to. College Results: Easily compare college costs and availability of grants and other types of financial assistance. Looking for Student Aid... without getting scammed: Provides a number of resources to ensure you are avoiding scams while searching for scholarships, filling out the FAFSA, repaying your student loans, or giving personal information to schools and lenders. FinAid: FinAid is a free comprehensive source of students financial aid information, advice and tools - on or off the web. It's comprehensive, it's informative, it's objective - and it's a great place for students looking for ways to finance their education.