This list changes frequently as changes occur in eligibility or amounts. You are strongly encouraged to check the links provided for updates regularly to ensure you have the most recent and accurate information. This is also not an exhaustive list of all the financial resources that may be available, so please consider doing some research on your own.
Willamette Education Service District Oregon Teacher Pathway Navigator Network has complied a list of financial resources. It is updated regularly on the Shape Oregon’s Future: Become a Teacher website. Funding for this was provided by Grow Your Own grant funds from the Oregon Educator Advancement Council.
Where To Begin
Where to Begin: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA)
Known as the FAFSA, this is your first step because it opens the door to both federal and state student financial aid. The FAFSA, or Federal Application for Student Aid, is a free form you can submit to the federal government in order to get financial aid to attend college. College’s look at the information in your FAFSA to determine how much aid, such as grants, scholarships, or loans, to give you. You will first be asked general information including your date of birth, social security number, email address, citizenship & immigration status, marital status, legal residence, your parents’ level of education, and your grade level.
Step 2 asks you several questions regarding your income before taxes, your most recent tax return, etc. Step 3 and 4 include questions to determine if you will need to provide parental information including social security number, gross income before taxes, income tax status, number of people in your household. You can preview all of the questions you will be asked on the FAFSA at this website which helps you know what information you will need to fill out the form. Note that you will be asked to update your FAFSA each year in order to stay eligible.
NOTE: Undocumented students, including DACA students, are NOT eligible for federal financial aid (including the Federal Pell Grant), BUT may be eligible for other types of financial aid in Oregon if they complete the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) which is a confidential application that is used solely to qualify students for financial aid in Oregon.
Where to Begin: Financial Aid for Undocumented and DACA Students
Oregon residents who have undocumented status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, and/or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) should submit the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) instead of the FAFSA. Do not complete the ORSAA if you are (1) a U.S. citizen, (2) a legal noncitizen with an Alien Registration number, or (3) an international student who is in the United States with a valid visa.
The state uses information from the ORSAA to calculate students’ financial need and award eligibility for grants and scholarships. If you need help with the ORSAA, please call (800) 452- 8807 or email ORSAAHelp@hecc.oregon.gov.
The 2023 – 2024 ORSAA opened October 1, 2022.
- Students who plan to attend college in fall 2023 – spring 2024 need to complete the 2023-24 ORSAA as soon as possible after October 1, 2022.
- The 2022-23 ORSAA (for students attending college fall 2022 – spring 2023) is open as of October 1, 2022.
ORSAA Students: Add ORSAAHelp@hecc.oregon.gov to your email contacts so that important messages do not go to Spam/Junk.
Undocumented students in Oregon may be eligible for a number of state financial aid programs, as long as they meet all other program requirements.
Financial Resources for Future Educators
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