Oregon Promise

Scholarship Deadline - March 1, 2018

Scholarship Information

Senate Bill 81 (2015)— the “Oregon Promise”—was passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Kate Brown in July, 2015; it provides a $10M appropriation targeted toward tuition payments for students who graduated (or the equivalent) from an Oregon high school no more than six months prior to attending and pursuing a certificate or degree at one of Oregon’s 17 community colleges. The bill funds grants at a minimum of $1,000 for each full time community college student awarded, and it is to be administered by the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) under the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). Grants will first be available for the 2016-17 academic year.


  • Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to enrolling in community college
  • Received an Oregon high school diploma or GED certificate, or completed grade 12
  • Earned a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5+ or equivalent
  • Within six months of high school (or equivalent homeschool or GED) completion, enrolls in courses at an Oregon community college required for….
    • One-year curriculum for students transferring to another postsecondary institution
    • Associate degree
    • Program in career and technical education
  • Has completed a FAFSA and accepted all state and federal grant aid offered
  • Has not completed more than 90 credit hours or the curriculums/programs noted above
  • Continues to be eligible after the first year if person…
    • Maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better
    • Makes satisfactory academic progress
    • Completes a FAFSA each academic year
    • Enrolls at least half time each term for at least three terms each consecutive academic year
  • Persons who fail to maintain a 2.5 GPA become ineligible for the term after which they fail to meet the GPA requirement unless the requirement is waived by OSAC

Apply on the OSAC website

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