Parents & Guardians

Whether it is to grow income potential or increase career options, learning a specific set of skills, or broadening their horizons, a college degree or technical certificate can make a major impact on your or your student’s future. Figuring out what motivates them and where they see themselves after high school can help narrow down what kind of education or training they're looking for.

Planning for college sooner, rather than later, will be to your advantage as time draws near to apply for college. The resources below can help you navigate the process of preparing and planning for college.

Career and College Calendar and Checklists

ASPIRE Student Mentoring

ASPIRE is Oregon's official one-on-one mentoring program to help students access education and training beyond high school. Visit the ASPIRE Toolkit to learn about college options, applications, and financial aid.

Financial Aid Resources and More

Oregon Financial Aid Opportunities:

In addition to federal financial aid opportunities and programs specific to each institution, Oregon residents, regardless of age, may be eligible for the following state financial aid programs, as long as they meet all other program requirements:

File your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or ORSAA (Oregon Student Aid Application).

Oregon Opportunity Grant
 – Oregon’s largest state-funded, need-based grant program that prioritizes the lowest-income Oregon students of all ages who attend eligible public and private Oregon colleges and universities. 

Oregon Promise Grant – Oregon’s state grant program that provides recent high school graduates and GED® test graduates grants that can be applied toward tuition at Oregon community colleges.

Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance – Provides funds for tuition at Oregon community colleges and public universities for current eligible service members of the Oregon National Guard and the Oregon Air National Guard.

Student Child Care Grant – Assists parents who are enrolled in postsecondary education in obtaining safe, dependable childcare while allowing completion of the parent’s academic programs.

OSAC Scholarships – more than 600 privately funded scholarships are available to Oregon students, to which you can apply through a central application portal.

For additional Oregon grant and scholarship programs, please visit this link.

If you have already completed an associate’s degree, certificate, or some college, here are tools for transfer students

For information on how to build upon your current skills, including GED® resources, apprenticeships and training opportunities, career pathways, veteran resources, dislocated worker programs, workforce needs and more, please visit the Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s “build skills and training” webpage.

For additional resources on workforce, visit: 

WorkSource Oregon

Local Workforce Development Boards

Eligible Training Provider List

Additional Resources

Oregon Goes to College : Gear Up’s program to help students, families and educators prepare for education after high school.