Financial Aid and Scholarships

Get money for college!

Take the initiative to learn about college financial aid!

There are an infinite amount of FREE resources online to help you learn about and obtain college financial aid. Please take the time to educate yourself and put in the effort necessary to earn financial aid.

It is a common misconception that financial aid will just be given to students--you MUST put in the effort to apply for and earn financial aid. School counselors and college admissions representatives will direct you to resources, it is up to YOU to take action.

If you get stuck your school counselors can point you in the right direction. It is also a great idea to pick a teacher or two who can help to mentor you through this process--all of your teachers are successful college graduates. Remember to communicate with your parents/guardians during this process as well.

Once you have narrowed down the college or colleges you may like to attend, the best thing you can do for yourself is CONTACT THAT COLLEGE DIRECTLY--talk to the admissions office and the financial aid office. These people are experts in their field and experts on their college. Please use these people as resources to help you find financial aid! Remember to thank these people for their help and their time. They will remember this and be more likely help you again in the future.

Try not to become overwhelmed. Take it a step at a time and work your way through the process. You are very capable and intelligent people! You can do this!

2018-19 Oregon Opportunities Guide and Workbook

Use this preparing for college guide and workbook to help you learn the basics about college admissions and financial aid. There are useful junior and senior year checklists towards the end of this workbook to help keep you on track.

How much is college going to cost me?

Look for Cost of Attendance

When you are preparing a budget for college, search the website of your college of choice for "Cost of Attendance". This is typically fairly easy to find and will give you a breakdown of how much it will cost you to attend that college.

For example, here is the University of Oregon Cost of Attendance page.

If you have a hard time finding cost of attendance, you might also search for "tuition and fees". This should give you similar information.

If you still have a hard time finding this information, contact the admissions or financial aid office of your college of choice for help.
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Complete the FAFSA--the 1st step for financial aid!

DO NOT forget to complete the FAFSA! Even if you don't earn financial aid directly through the FAFSA in the form of grants or work-study jobs, having a completed FAFSA on file will help you in all other financial aid avenues.


Always look at college websites for scholarships!

Check the website of your college of choice for specific scholarship opportunities. Simply search their website for "scholarships". Almost all college websites have a search box--most often found in the top right-hand corner.

For example, here is the Western Oregon University scholarship page.

Notice the contact information at the bottom--ALWAYS contact your college for more help!

Links to ALL OREGON COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PAGES linked in the blue bottom below!

Oregon Goes to College - College Scholarship Pages

Find direct links to the scholarship pages of all Oregon colleges here! There are also common scholarship search engines linked here and direct links to some Oregon scholarships.

Click here for scholarships sent to Henley

Local scholarships are especially appealing since you are competing with a small group of students.

Click here for common scholarship search engines

Use these search engines to find scholarships. You may find some websites very helpful and there may be websites that you do not like as much. Just jump in and start searching. It will take EFFORT to find scholarships and apply.

CollegeBoard Opportunity Scholarships

Earn a scholarship ranging from $500 to $2,000. If you complete all six steps, you’re eligible to earn a $40,000 scholarship. Scholarships are awarded—through monthly drawings—to students who complete each step. Beginning with the class of 2020!

Click here for the OSAC Scholarship Application

Create an account, search for scholarships, & apply for multiple Oregon scholarships with one application! Early bird deadline: February 15. Final deadline: March 1. This is the same website and account you will use to apply for Oregon Promise.

How do I apply for scholarships?

  1. Search for and find a scholarship.
  2. Read the scholarship application--pay close attention to eligibility criteria.
  3. Read and follow the directions to complete the application (please do not apply for scholarships that you are not eligible to receive--this is a waste of your time and the scholarship selection committee's time).
  4. Read and follow the directions on how to submit your application.

It really is that easy!

What if I have questions about a scholarship application?

  1. Read and re-read the directions, make sure you make the effort to try to figure this out on your own. You can do this!
  2. Ask a parent/guardian, counselor, or teacher for help.
  3. If something is still unclear, contact the scholarship selection committee for clarification. You will typically find e-mail addresses and/or phone numbers on scholarship applications. Do not be afraid to call; contact information is listed for this reason.

How many scholarships should I apply for?


You will NOT receive every scholarship for which you apply. To increase your odds of earning scholarship money, apply for as many scholarships as possible.

What if I can't find any scholarships?

There are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of scholarships in existence. If you search long enough, most students will find some scholarships that match them. It is up to YOU to put in the effort and to make yourself a desirable candidate!

Search for weird or unusual scholarships! There are scholarships for almost anything. Examples: $8,000 Asparagus Club Scholarship, $10,000 Duck Tape Prom Scholarship Contest, $2,000 Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship. Google "weird scholarships" or "unusual scholarships" to find these.

Myth: It's always the same students that earn scholarships!

Fact: It is the students who meet the eligibility criteria and APPLY for scholarships who earn scholarships!!

Of course, students with good grades, who are involved in activities and sports, and who demonstrate good character are the students most likely to earn scholarships. These are the types of students that colleges want.

If you want to be eligible for more scholarships, it is up to YOU to make yourself more marketable! Work on your grades, join a club or sport, volunteer in the community, be a productive and law-abiding citizen!

Remember that you CAN find scholarships that are not solely based on grades. You must make the effort to search for these.

How will I know if I won a scholarship?

The scholarship selection committee will contact you. Each committee works within their own time frame--there is no set time in which you will hear back unless that is clearly specified on the scholarship application. Just be patient and keep applying for other scholarships in the meantime.

What do I do after I am awarded a scholarship?

SEND A THANK YOU NOTE! This is an often forgotten gesture that is both gracious and smart (you may end up applying for another scholarship from the same place--leave a good impression).

Follow up with the scholarship selection committee on how to claim and utilize your scholarship money. You will probably need to follow up with the financial aid office at your college of choice when you enroll as well. Remember to always save contact information to make this process easier on yourself.

Athletic Scholarships

If you are an athlete, contact colleges and coaches directly to ask about your options for athletic scholarships. You can usually find the contact information you need to get started listed on the college website.

When you search for scholarships, remember to use your sport as a search criteria. Search for things like "volleyball scholarships" and narrow down your results to scholarships which you are eligible to earn. Keep in mind that it may be easier and faster for you to find athletic scholarships by talking directly to a specific college representative or coach.

Oregon Promise - Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Criteria

For Oregon Promise, students may be subject to eligibility requirements based on their EFC. EFC eligibility requirements are subject to change based on available funding.

· For current 2018-19 recipients, there is no EFC limit for Oregon Promise.

· For next year (2019-20), EFC criteria has not been determined yet. All interested students are encouraged to apply for Oregon Promise by their deadline, regardless of their EFC or income level.

EFC is determined by completing the FAFSA.

Click here to apply for Oregon Promise

The Oregon Promise Application will open in late September. The deadline for the graduating class of 2018 to apply for Oregon Promise is June 1st. You MUST complete the FAFSA or ORSAA to be eligible for Oregon Promise!

More Oregon-Specific Financial Aid Links

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Office of Student Access and Completion (OSCA)

Use this website for Oregon-specific financial aid information. This includes Oregon Promise and the OSAC Scholarship Application.

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Oregon Goes to College - Undocumented Students

Use the many resources on this page to help you prepare for college if you are an undocumented student. Pay close attention to the information about tuition equity and scholarships for undocumented students.