Financial resources

Ever get lost trying to locate financial resources that can help you with the costs of college and teacher licensure? We know It can be very confusing, so we have summarized key sources including links, eligibility requirements and timelines.

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.

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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Overview To help with the costs of teacher licensure, the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) offers The Diversity License Expense Reimbursement Program to assist educators who meet the definition of “diverse” with expenses related to the cost of becoming licensed. Eligible expenses must have been paid by the applicant,...

Overview The federal government provides grants for students attending college or career school. Most types of grants, unlike loans, are sources of financial aid that generally do not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not...

The Ford Scholars Program is for graduating high school seniors (or equivalent) who have never enrolled full time in a 2- or 4- year college and seeking a bachelor’s degree. This program is offered in both Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. Learn more »  The Ford Transfer Scholars Program was...

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Overview The Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) is Oregon’s largest state-funded, need-based grant program for college students. This grant provides funding to more than 40,000 Oregon resident students each year. OOG is awarded to low-income Oregon residents who are pursuing their first associates or bachelor’s degree at an eligible institution. Award...

Overview Oregon Promise is a state grant that helps to cover tuition costs at any Oregon community college for recent high school graduates and GED® test graduates. Oregon Promise helps pay for community college tuition after other state and federal grant aid has been applied. However, there are other college...

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Overview The Educator Advancement Council established the Oregon Teacher Scholars Program to specifically address financial barriers posing challenges for racially, ethnically and linguistically diverse candidates pursuing a teaching license. The Oregon Teacher Scholar Program offers a scholarship of $12,000 per school year for ethnically diverse or Heritage Speakers of a...

Overview Once you have completed your FAFSA, you can apply for Oregon based scholarships using one common application hosted by the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC). The Office lists over 600 scholarships on their OSAC Student Portal. Application deadline is March 1 each year with an early bird...

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