Oregon Promise

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 costs of attendance that Oregon Promise does not cover, such as books, fees, and housing. Students must apply during their senior year or immediately after GED® test completion. Find your deadline here.

Awards range from $2,000 to $4,128 per year (in 2022-23) for full-time students. Your Oregon Promise award amount depends on several factors.

  • Federal Pell Grant and Oregon Opportunity Grant Award Amounts – Oregon Promise is a last-dollar grant that covers your remaining tuition amount (up to the average cost of 12 credits per term) after any Federal Pell Grant and Oregon Opportunity Grant funds have been applied.
  • Number of Credits Taken – You must enroll in at least 6 credits per term to receive Oregon Promise. Oregon Promise covers up to 12 credits per term. Students are financially responsible for paying for any additional credits above 12. Oregon Promise award amounts are based on standard enrollment ranges.
  • Tuition at Your Community College – Oregon Promise will cover up to the average tuition charged by an Oregon community college ($4,128 in 2022-23). Some community colleges have a higher or lower tuition cost than this average. If the tuition cost is above the average, the student is responsible for the difference. If the tuition cost is below this average, Oregon Promise pays up to that college’s actual tuition cost.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Be a recent Oregon high school graduate or GED® test graduate.
  • Attend an Oregon community college by your required start term, based on your graduation date.
  • Have a 2.0 cumulative high school GPA or higher, or a 145 grade on all GED® tests.
  • Be an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to college attendance. For dependent students, your parent(s) must also live in Oregon.
  • Have no more than 90 college credits completed or attempted.
  • Students may be subject to eligibility requirements based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

You can receive Oregon Promise until you have attempted a total of 90 college credits. There is no limit to the number of years or terms you can receive the grant; it is based on the 90 credit limit. College credits earned in high school and other types of credits count toward the 90 credit limit, even if they are not paid for by Oregon Promise. There were four main legislative updates for Oregon Promise. For more information, visit the Oregon Promise FAQs or watch this short video.

  1. Starting with the Class of 2022 (March 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022 graduates), the GPA requirement has been lowered to a cumulative, unweighted 2.0
  2. $50 Co-Pay – Starting Fall Term 2022, the co-pay will no longer be part of the award calculation.
  3. First year experiences for 1st year college students are no longer required.
  4. The minimum award was increased from $1,000 to $2,000 for full-time, full- year students and it will increase at the same rate as the maximum award each year.

How can students check their Oregon Promise status? What if they are not receiving emails from OSAC?

Log in to the OSAC Student Portal to view your Oregon Promise status. In the Portal, click “Messages” to view all emails that OSAC has sent you.

Check the Spam/Junk folder in your email account on a regular basis to catch any missed messages. You should also add OregonPromise@hecc.oregon.gov to your email account’s Safe Senders list.

When will current college students be notified about their Oregon Promise Grant renewal?

Students who are currently receiving Oregon Promise while in college will be notified in June if they are eligible for a renewal award – this is because the staff must wait for Spring Term data to ensure your continuous enrollment.

If you have additional questions, please contact OregonPromise@hecc.oregon.gov.

Key Features

Covers tuition costs at any Oregon community college  for recent high school graduates and GED® test graduates. Candidates must:

  • Be a recent Oregon high school graduate or GED® test graduate.
  • Attend an Oregon community college by  required start termbased on graduation date.
  • Have a 2.0 cumulative high school GPA or higher, or a 145 grade on all GED® tests.
  • Be an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to college attendance. For dependent students, parent(s) must also live in Oregon.
  • Have no more than 90 college credits completed or attempted.
  • Students may be subject to eligibility requirements based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). 

Tips for Candidates

  • Available to both FAFSA and ORSA candidates.
  • Apply during senior year or right after earning General Educational Development Test (GED), an alternative to the HS diploma. 
  • Individuals must enroll in at least 6 credits per term to receive Oregon Promise. Oregon Promise covers up to 12 credits per term.  
  • Students may be responsible if community college tuition costs is over $4,128.

Estimated Amount

Can range from $2,000 to a max of $4,128 per year for a full-time student but is a “last-dollar” grant covering remaining tuition amount after Federal Pell dollars and Oregon Opportunity Grant have been applied.