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Oregon Scholarships and Financial Aid

Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships

The Beaver State is known as the final destination of the Oregon Trail. Students hoping to pursue their post-secondary degrees in Oregon can choose from a long list of universities and colleges. There are public universities, including Portland State University and the University of Oregon; private institutions, including George Fox University and Pacific University; and community colleges, including Central Oregon Community College and Oregon Coast Community College. Students attending post-secondary institutions in Oregon may qualify for financial assistance to help them achieve their goals.

Four of the Best Places to Find Oregon Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • U.S. Government—grants and loans
  • Oregon state government—grants and scholarships
  • Oregon universities and colleges
  • Oregon businesses, professional groups, and foundations

Grants and Loans from the U.S. Government for Oregon Students

The U.S. Government offers financial assistance to students who have financial need. Submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid will determine if you qualify or not. FAFSA applications are available January 1 the year before the year you need aid. The national deadline for the FAFSA is usually June 30 the year you need aid. Many states also have state deadlines, but Oregon doesn’t, so check with your individual university or college for its FAFSA deadline.

Your school’s financial aid office will determine the amount of assistance you need and offer you grants and/or loans. For more information on federal grants, see the Guide to Federal Grants. Students interested in federal student loans may find more information in the Guide to Student Loans.

Oregon State Financial Aid Programs

Oregon offers several state financial aid programs to help students pay for financial expenses incurred during school. Oregon state financial aid programs include:

Oregon Opportunity Grant
Oregon resident students with financial need are eligible to receive this grant. File a FAFSA to be considered. The deadline is usually in August. Click here for more information.

OSAC Scholarships Services
This program provides more than 300 scholarships to students. For more information, click
here.

Barber & Hairdressers Grant
Oregon residents attending accredited cosmetology schools in Oregon may qualify for this grant. Complete a FAFSA to apply.

Robert C. Byrd Honors Program Scholarship
This Oregon state financial aid program is a funded by the federal government and offers awards to high achieving students. Awards are $1,500 each and are renewable three times. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.85 or a GED score of at least 3300. Download an application here.

Oregon Student Child Care Grant
Students who have children 12 years of age or under are eligible to participate in this Oregon financial aid program. Applicants must be residents of Oregon. Priority is given to those who have received the grant before either from the Commission or from the Oregon Department of Human Services. Download an application here.

Oregon National Guard State Tuition Program
This Oregon financial program was developed to assist Oregon members of the National Guard who are a pursuing post-secondary education. The program covers full tuition. Eligible students are nominated by the Oregon Military Department.

Oregon University and College Scholarships

Almost all Oregon universities and colleges offer scholarships to their students. Scholarships may be based on merit, need, major, special ability, leadership/involvement, or a combination of these things. Some Oregon universities require students to submit one general application, similar to the University of Oregon. Some Oregon schools, like Eastern Oregon University, require the admissions application for merit-based scholarships and separate applications for scholarships based on other things. Check with your school’s financial aid office for specific application procedures at your school.

Other Oregon Scholarships—Businesses, Professional Groups, and Foundations

Another place to find scholarships is your local community. Businesses, professional groups, and foundations in your area may offer a number of scholarships. Here are just a few of the scholarships offered to Oregon students by non-governmental or post-secondary institutional groups:

Sadie Orr Dunbar Nursing Education Fund
This scholarship fund was established in memory of Saidie Orr Dunbar who helped develop the public health system in Oregon. The awards are between $1,000 and $5,000. Applicants should be nursing students in an accredited nursing program at a post-secondary institution and should be planning to practice in Oregon. For more information and an application, click here.

Architecture Foundation of Oregon
Two scholarships are offered to students studying architecture at post-secondary institutions in Oregon. The Hatfield Architectural Award is offered to a student studying architecture at the University of Oregon. The Rosalind Reed Dwight Scholarship is offered to two students who are studying areas related to architecture in Oregon.

Oregon Association Chiefs of Police% 20Program
The association provides $1,000 to students who are studying criminal justice in post-secondary educational institutions in Oregon. Applicants must have completed their first year of study. Download the application here.

Oregon Association of Independent Accountants
Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to $2,000 are available to students studying accounting at an accredited post-secondary institution. Only full-time Oregon resident students are eligible to apply. Download an application here.

Oregon Association of Nurses
The association offers several scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500 to students studying horticulture or a related field. Click here to download an application.

A Few Tips about Oregon Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Federal grants are first-come, first-served, so submit your FAFSA application by your school’s and/or Oregon’s priority deadlines to make sure you get all the funding for which you qualify.
  • Almost every university or college has a different application process for scholarships. Check with your financial aid or scholarship office to see how your school would like you to submit applications.
  • Professional and non-profit groups in Oregon offer scholarships to students. Some of them don’t necessarily advertise their scholarships. Call up, write, or email local organizations and foundations to see if they are offering scholarships.

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