I've Been Awarded Oregon Promise - Now What?

Once you are authorized for an Oregon Promise award:

  • Complete all requirements with your college financial aid office, including FAFSA verification (if applicable)
  • Start community college as indicated in your Oregon Promise application at least halftime. Typically, students must start the next college term after high school graduation or GED completion (excluding summer)
  • Keep your email address up-to-date in your OSAC Student Portal account. OSAC sends out important email updates to students -- it is recommended to use a permanent email address in your OSAC Student Portal account
  • Follow up with the financial aid office at your community college on how/when your award will be put into your student account

For more information, read the Frequently Asked Questions.

What is the renewal process for current Oregon Promise recipients?

Oregon Promise recipients must submit a FAFSA or ORSAA each year of college by JUNE 1. You must list your Oregon community college on the FAFSA or ORSAA. No additional application is required. 

If your FAFSA is selected for verification, you must complete this process through your college financial aid office promptly, or your award may be cancelled. Contact your college financial aid office with questions.

You must comply with any other requirements or requests from the community college, related to the award. See all renewal eligibility requirements below under How do I remain eligible for Oregon Promise?

How do I remain eligible for Oregon Promise?

  • Complete First-Year Experience as directed by the community college, during your first three terms of college. First-Year Experience varies depending on the college. If you have questions, contact your college financial aid office.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, as determined by your community college.
  • Maintain at least half-time continuous enrollment (i.e. 6 or more credits) during fall, winter and spring terms at an Oregon community college.
  • Attempt or complete no more than 90 college credits.
  • Attend college - and receive Oregon Promise funds - during fall term each renewal year to retain the award.
  • Complete any other requirements or requests from your community college.
  • File the FAFSA or ORSAA each year of college by JUNE 1. 

How will I receive my award? How much will I receive?

Prior to the beginning of the term, OSAC will send funds directly to the Oregon community college where you are enrolled. Your college will apply the funds to your campus account.

Awards range from $1,000 to $4,005 per year (in 2020-21) for full-time students, minus a $50 co-pay per term. Your Oregon Promise award amount depends on several factors. Watch this video to learn more!

Does Oregon Promise cover all community college costs?

No. Oregon Promise helps pay for community college tuition up to 12 credits per term after other state and federal grant aid has been applied. However, there are other college costs of attendance that Oregon Promise does not cover, such as books, fees, and housing. Additionally, a $50 co-pay is automatically deducted from the Oregon Promise award each term (the co-pay is already deducted from the award amount you see in the OSAC Student Portal).

What is the maximum number of credits that Oregon Promise pays for per term?

Oregon Promise covers up to 12 credits per term (fall, winter, spring) up to a maximum total of 90 credits attempted. Students are responsible for paying for any additional credits above 12.

Can part-time college students participate in Oregon Promise?

Yes. To receive the grant, you must attend an Oregon community college at least half-time (6 credits or more per term). See prorated award amount details for part-time enrollment.

What if I take less than 6 credits or skip a term?

If you take less than 6 credits or skip your first Oregon Promise term (typically fall term), then your Oregon Promise is automatically cancelled and you cannot reapply.

You must take 6 or more credits each term (fall, winter, spring) in order to receive the grant during the following year. OSAC can only make exceptions due to emergency circumstances, military training, active duty, etc. Contact your college financial aid office for more details.

If you attend fall term and receive the grant, then you can take less than 6 credits or skip winter term and still receive funds in spring term (if you take 6 credits). However, you would not be eligible for a renewal grant in future academic years, since you were not continuously enrolled.

Due to COVID-19, OSAC waived the requirement for students to attend spring term 2019-20. If you skipped that spring term, or attempted less than 6 credits, it will not negatively impact your renewal eligibility. All credits attempted spring term 2019-20 go toward your 90 credit limit.

What if I transfer to a different community college?

You can transfer and use your Oregon Promise award at another community college in Oregon. When you are preparing to transfer, update your current year FAFSA or ORSAA as soon as possible, to list the new community college. You must also contact your new community college financial aid office immediately to make sure that they have your Oregon Promise award information.

What if I'm dual enrolled at two colleges or universities?

You can be dual enrolled or in a Degree Partnership Program (DPP) and receive Oregon Promise. Please work closely with both colleges to ensure that you meet the following requirements:

  • Establish a dual enrollment agreement between the two schools
  • Have the community college listed as your home college for financial aid purposes
  • Attempt at least 6 credits at the community college each term

Oregon Promise will only pay for the credits you take at an Oregon community college. However, credits completed at both schools will count toward the 90 credit limit allowed by Oregon Promise.

If you are dual enrolled between multiple community colleges in Oregon, make sure that a dual enrollment agreement is in place. You may be able to receive Oregon Promise funds to cover credits taken at both community colleges. Contact OSAC or your financial aid office for assistance.

Which courses or programs are eligible for Oregon Promise?

To receive Oregon Promise funds, you must be enrolled in courses at an Oregon community college that are part of one of the following:

a) An associate degree; or
b) A program in career and technical education (CTE); or
c) A one-year curriculum for students who plan to transfer to another post-secondary institution of education.

These courses must have tuition charges (rather than fee-only), since Oregon Promise helps to pay for tuition costs. If you are authorized for Oregon Promise but do not enroll in eligible courses or an eligible program, then your grant will be cancelled.

Talk to your college financial aid office to confirm whether or not your courses are compatible with Oregon Promise.

What if I was not able to attend college Spring Term 2020?

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) strongly encourages students to continue their enrollment in available courses at Oregon institutions to the greatest extent possible, as they navigate this challenging time. OSAC recognizes that during the COVID-19 crisis, you may face a variety of pressures and challenges. Please know we are here to help students with financial aid to support their continued success in postsecondary goals. OSAC provided some flexibility to Oregon Promise students who do not enroll in a minimum of 6 credits during spring term 2020.

  • If you were participating in Oregon Promise in 2020-21 and do not enroll in at least 6 credits, OSAC will issue a waiver for your spring term 2020 requirement.
  • If you are scheduled to begin receiving the Oregon Promise Grant in Spring 2020 and do not enroll in at least 6 credits, OSAC will issue a waiver for your spring term requirement.
  • If you are part of one of the groups above, you will be granted additional time to complete the First-Year Experience (FYE) requirement for Oregon Promise. OSAC will still consider you for renewal of the grant in Fall 2020, provided you meet all other grant renewal requirements.

You are not required to contact OSAC or your college financial aid office to request consideration for the items listed above; these will be applied automatically after spring term 2020.

Students who received this flexibility for Spring Term 2020 must return to an Oregon community college Fall Term 2020 at least halftime and receive the Oregon Promise Grant, or their grant will be cancelled for all future terms.