Financial Aid for Undocumented and DACA Students

All references on this page to undocumented students include students with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status. Undocumented students, including DACA students, are NOT eligible for federal financial aid (including the Federal Pell Grant).

Oregon Financial Aid Opportunities

Undocumented students in Oregon are eligible for the following Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) financial aid programs, as long as they meet all other program requirements.

Oregon Opportunity Grant

OOG is the largest need-based grant for Oregon students. Priority is given to students with the greatest financial need. See additional eligibility requirements below.

How to Apply

Submit the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) as soon as possible after October 1.

Oregon Promise Grant

Oregon Promise is a state grant that covers most tuition at an Oregon community college. Oregon Promise is for recent Oregon high school graduates and GED recipients who enroll in community college within six months of graduation. Eligible students must be Oregon residents for at least 12 months prior to attending college. Students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and meet all other eligibility requirements. There are different application deadlines depending on when the student will complete high school or obtain a GED.

How to Apply

Complete the ORSAA and submit an Oregon Promise application in the OSAC Student Portal.

OSAC Scholarships

Certain scholarships, including those offered by Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation, are available to undocumented students. Some scholarships require U.S. citizenship and are NOT available for undocumented students; these scholarships indicate a citizenship requirement in the Scholarship Application and Catalog. See additional eligibility requirements below.

How to Apply

Complete the ORSAA and submit an OSAC Scholarship application in the OSAC Student Portal.

Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA)

As part of the application process for the above programs, undocumented students must complete the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA). OSAC uses information from the ORSAA to calculate students’ financial need and award eligibility for grants and scholarships. The ORSAA is a confidential application that is used solely to qualify students for financial aid in Oregon.

Most OSAC-administered grants and scholarships have additional requirements and/or steps to apply. Learn more about each program’s requirements and application process by selecting the program links above.

MEMO for Secondary and postsecondary administrators, faculty, and staff: State Financial Aid Application for Oregon Undocumented Students(PDF)

Additional Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for The Ford Family Foundation scholarships and for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, undocumented students must meet all of the tuition equity requirements per Oregon law:

  • Student attended an elementary or secondary/high school in Oregon during each of the three years immediately prior to earning a high school diploma or leaving school before earning a diploma.
  • Student attended elementary or secondary/high school in a state or territory of the United States for at least five years immediately prior to earning a high school diploma or leaving school before earning a diploma.
  • Student received a high school diploma or GED in Oregon.
  • Student certifies intention to become a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

In-State Tuition

Undocumented students may be eligible for in-state tuition rates at public universities as long as they meet the tuition equity requirements listed above. Undocumented students must either

  • complete an Affidavit and Request for Exemption from Nonresident Tuition and Fees OR
  • submit an official copy of application for registration with a federal immigration program or federal deportation deferral program.

Students can request an exemption by completing an Affidavit and Request for Exemption from Nonresident Tuition and Fees, which is available at the Admissions Office of each Oregon public university.

Apply for Financial Aid at the College

Undocumented students may be eligible for financial aid at the college level. Students should check with the college’s financial aid office to see what types of financial aid they may be eligible to receive, and how to apply for these opportunities. Colleges may request that DACA students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine eligibility for aid at the college level.

More Resources

Federal Resources

Although federal financial aid – including the Federal Pell Grant – is not available to undocumented and DACA students, Federal Student Aid provides additional information for non-citizens and undocumented students:

Oregon Goes to College

Hosted by Oregon GEAR UP, this website has quality information to help undocumented students prepare and pay for college. Available in Spanish and English.

TheDream.US

The nation’s largest college access and success program to help undocumented immigrant youth get access to a college education. TheDream.US offers scholarships nationwide for students with DACA or Temporary Protected Status. Their partner colleges – including Eastern Oregon University and Western Oregon University – are committed to serving and graduating DACA students.