Oregon Promise

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Updates — As of 1/31/17

  • The Oregon Promise application is now open. Those who graduate high school or complete the GED starting July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 may apply.
  • Renewal information for 2016-17 recipients is available as of January 31, 2017.
  • Funding for Oregon Promise for the 2017-18 academic year is subject to Oregon Legislative approval. More information will be available in July 2017.

What is Oregon Promise?

Oregon Promise is a state grant program that covers most tuition at an Oregon community college. Oregon Promise is for recent Oregon high school graduates and GED recipients who enroll in an Oregon community college within six months of graduation.

Who is eligible?

You must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Complete an Oregon Promise Grant Application by the appropriate deadline
  • Be a recent Oregon high school graduate or GED recipient
  • Document a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA or higher; or a GED score of 145 or higher on each test
  • Plan to attend at least half-time at an Oregon community college within 6 months of high school graduation or GED completion
  • Be an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to attendance
  • Have filed a FAFSA or ORSAA application and listed at least one Oregon community college
  • Must not have more than 90 college credits completed or attempted

When can I apply?

Term you plan to start at an Oregon community college Winter 2017
Spring 2017
Begins April 3, 2017
Fall 2017
Funding subject to legislative approval
Must graduate high school between the following dates July 1, 2016 to December 1, 2016 October 1, 2016 to March 1, 2017 March 1, 2017 to August 1, 2017
Deadline for Application December 1, 2016 March 6, 2017 July 1, 2017
April 1:
For early notification*
Deadline to verify your GPA** December 1, 2016 March 6, 2017 July 1, 2017
Deadline for FAFSA or ORSAA File the 2016-17 FAFSA
December 9, 2016
File the 2016-17 FAFSA
March 13, 2017
File the 2017-18 FAFSA
September 5, 2017

*Students who submit their application by April 1 will be notified of Oregon Promise award by May 1
**Verify GPA through section 5 of the Oregon Promise application

How do I apply?

  1. Create an account in the OSAC Student Portal
  2. Complete Oregon Promise Application in OSAC Student Portal by the deadline (see above).
  3. Verify your GPA or GED score. Follow instructions in OSAC Student Portal.
  4. Complete the FAFSA or ORSAA, starting October 1.
    • List at least one Oregon community college.
    • Determine if you should complete the ORSAA by using the ORSAA Pre-Filter.

How will I be notified if I'm awarded?

You should frequently check your award status in the OSAC Student Portal. OSAC will also notify you by email once you have been awarded.

Once you've been notified of your award, see information for Oregon Promise recipients.


Learn More

Read the Oregon Promise FAQs for more details.

Download Materials

Download the Oregon Promise Handout 2016-17: English | Spanish