Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance

Purpose

To provide funding for tuition at Oregon community colleges (up to 90 credits) and public universities (up to 180 credits) for current Oregon National Guard members.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • Complete any military basic training
  • Have a current passing Annual Physical Fitness Test (APFT) score
  • Be a member of the Oregon National Guard and not currently the subject of any adverse actions
  • Be currently drilling
  • Not have achieved a baccalaureate degree or higher
  • Not be in default on any federal Title IV loan or owe a refund on federal Title IV funds previously disbursed, unless the institution disbursing funds determines that the student has made satisfactory arrangements to repay and has regained federal eligibility.
  • Be enrolled and in good standing* in an:
    • Associate degree granting program or
    • Undergraduate baccalaureate degree granting program at an eligible institution

*“Good standing” means the qualified student has a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and is maintaining satisfactory academic progress. 

Application Requirements

Complete each of these requirements. It is not necessary to complete them in order.

  • Create a Student Profile with the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC)
  • Complete an Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program application
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Army Requirement: Create a Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) account, Request TA Access and Request FTA for each of your current classes at www.GoArmyEd.com. The following link provides instructions on how to complete these steps https://prezi.com/view/jtzoEJp7MEkZKSSFo5nd/. Additionally you must provide a copy of your TA authorization form to your school's business office. 
  • Air Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Requirement: (members who are on an AGR Tour of at least 90 days or longer ) – Please contact your Wing’s Training Office below to validate eligibility for the Military Tuition Assistance (MilTA) Program and submit a MilTA request        
    • ORANG State POC: CMSgt Elaine Nguyen at 503-584-2226        
    • 142 FSS/Force Development Office:  SMSgt Jessica Reilly at 503-335-4054 or MSgt Andrew Kondor at 503-335-4050
    • 173 FSF/Force Development Office:  SMSgt Meghan McMackin at 541-885-6306 or MSgt Justin Wright at 541-885-6632

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Term: September 1
  • Winter Term: December 1
  • Spring Term: March 1 

Award Amount Calculation

The Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance (ONGSTA) is a “last dollar” program and will be calculated based on the availability of other state and federal grants. The GI Bill is not considered in the ONGSTA calculation.

Below are examples of how OSAC will determine ONGSTA awards:

Community College Tuition 

Minus PELL Grant

Minus Federal Tuition Assistance/Military Tuition Assistance

Minus Other State or Federal Grants

Minus Oregon Opportunity Grant

Minus Oregon Promise

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= State Tuition Assistance (Tuition only)

 

Public University Tuition 

Minus PELL Grant

Minus Federal Tuition Assistance/Military Tuition Assistance

Minus Other State or Federal Grants

Minus Oregon Opportunity Grant

_____________________________________________

= State Tuition Assistance (Tuition only)

 

Fund Disbursement

After your application is processed and schools notify us of the amount of your award, your funds will be disbursed (sent) to your college or your university's Business Office. 

Neither OSAC nor the Oregon National Guard have control over the time it takes your particular school to apply your funds to your student account. Some schools apply funds to your account at the beginning of the term/semester, and others wait until add/drop is over. Some schools may be short-staffed or closed during certain holiday or break periods and may take longer to apply your funds. Please contact your school regarding receipt of your funds before you contact OSAC or the Oregon National Guard.

Student Responsibilities

  • Sign and return the financial aid award letter when you receive it from your school, or accept your award online if that is your school's preference.
  • If you decide to change schools, or have an address, telephone number, or email change after completing the ONG-STA application, notify OSAC by visiting your Student Profile
  • Keep a copy of your application and any additional correspondence you receive.
  • If you do not receive your financial aid award letter in a timely manner, contact the financial aid office at your school.
  • If you receive a message or letter from the Oregon National Guard, OSAC, or your school requesting additional information from you, respond promptly.

Contact

Bob Small
(503) 689-2976

bob.small@hecc.oregon.gov