Oregon Student Access & Completion (OSAC)

 

1500 Valley River Dr. Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401
541-687-7400
Toll-free: 1-800-452-8807
Fax: 541-687-7414
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Bob Brew,Executive Director, (541) 687-7460, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It's no surprise that the cost of a postsecondary education, whether it's a vocational, four-year, or graduate program, is steadily increasing and becoming a greater financial burden to Oregon students and families. The Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) can help. Through grant programs, scholarships, precollege mentoring, and financial aid outreach programs, OSAC assists Oregonians in their pursuit of a college education and a brighter future.

 

Established in 1959 by the Oregon Legislature, OSAC continues to provide innovative programs to thousands of Oregon students and families to ensure access to postsecondary education. Each year, OSAC awards grants and scholarships of more than $118 million to thousands of Oregon students in their quest to achieve a college education.

To complete the OSAC application process, please follow this link to the OSAC website.

Oregon Opportunity Grant

The Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) is Oregon's largest state-funded need-based grant program for students planning to go to college. Opportunity Grants are funded primarily by Oregon taxpayers. More than 34,000 students received OOG awards totaling almost $55 million in the 2013-14 academic year. In 2014-15, OSAC anticipates disbursing more than $58 million to approximately 35,000 students.

Three Steps to Apply for an Oregon Opportunity Grant

  1. Fill out the FAFSA

Oregon students apply for the Oregon Opportunity Grant by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is also the application for most federal student aid programs. Students must complete a FAFSA each year to ensure access to both federal programs and the grants and scholarships that OSAC administers.

  1. Watch for emails from the US Department of Education and OSAC

Students should watch for an email from the US Department of Education with information about the status of their FAFSA and their Student Aid Report (SAR). The email usually arrives about 3 days after filing the FAFSA. After 5 days, check the FAFSA website to confirm it was submitted correctly. In spring, OSAC sends out emails notifying students of their potential eligibility for an Opportunity Grant.

  1. Fix FAFSA errors right away!

If the SAR shows errors or FAFSA information that needs to be corrected, students should resolve those errors right away. Funds are limited, so those who wait too long to resolve errors may not receive a grant. The most common errors are missing signatures and conflicts between a student's name and social security number

NOTE: Simply submitting a FAFSA by the priority deadline does not guarantee an applicant will receive an award. OSAC makes awards only to eligible applicants who apply on or before the published deadline and have problem-free FAFSAs (i.e., had no errors or had resolved all errors and other problems by early March). In addition, in years with limited available funds, students who are awarded but delay enrollment until later in the academic year may lose their grant eligibility. Awards for students who are enrolled half-time in fall term may be limited to half-time amounts for all subsequent terms during the academic year.

Preliminary Information for 2015-16:

For the 2015-17 biennium, the Governor has proposed a budget of $143.2 million for Oregon Opportunity Grants-an increase of 24.8% over 2013-15. The Legislative Assembly will consider the Governor's proposal and finalize OOG funding during the 2015 legislative session that runs to June 2015. Because the OOG award cycle begins several months before the Legislative Assembly acts on agency budgets, OSAC still will work with co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means and the Governor's Office to set a tentative funding level for the first year of the biennium. OSAC will make initial 2015-16 OOG awards after a tentative budget has been approved.

Applications: OSAC encourages applicants to submit their 2015 FAFSAs as soon after January 1st as possible to ensure priority consideration for a grant. OSAC will make awards for 2015-16 until funds are depleted, which has occurred around February 1 the last several years, Instead of waiting until after filing 2014 tax returns to submit a FAFSA, students (and parents) may use 2013 returns to estimate 2014 taxes. They must update their FAFSA information after filing taxes by using the Data Retrieval Tool to import data directly from the IRS or by manually entering data from their tax forms.

Award Notification: OSAC plans to make initial awards in spring 2015 and notify students by email of their potential grant eligibility. OSAC may also make additional awards later in the year if funds remain. To ensure receipt of email notifications from OSAC and from the US Department of Education, students should make sure they provide an active email address on their FAFSA and check for messages regularly.

2015-16 Award Amount: $2,100. A fixed award amount of $2,100 will be available for full-time, full-year attendance at any eligible Oregon-based postsecondary institution. Students' financial need must be at or above $2,100 to be considered for an award. OSAC releases a portion of the award to the student’s school account at the start of each academic term (quarter or semester) and prorates awards for students enrolled at least half time.

Oregon Nurseries Foundation Scholarships

The OAN has established the Oregon Nurseries Foundation to manage funds contributed by OAN members for the purpose of awarding scholarships to deserving students preparing for a career in ornamental horticulture and related fields. The ONF is a separate nonprofit foundation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation is governed by a five member Board of Trustees who are members of the OAN. The Board also includes an OAN staff liaison, who does not have voting powers. The ONF is located at the OAN's office.

 

How to Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2016

Download the Scholarship Application Form. The application form is in PDF format, which can be viewed using Adobe Reader. You can type directly into the form, then print and mail it back to OAN.

Scholarship information and applications are mailed to colleges and high schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington in the spring. Applications must be submitted to the ONF office or postmarked by April 15 to be eligible for consideration. The ONF Board generally meets in late April to award scholarships, and successful applicants are notified soon after.

Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship

The Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship Project through the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education offers scholarships to any Oregon high school graduate or an Oregon home school graduate with a full year of college transcripts, 24 semester or 36 quarter hours, documented by a transcript and proof of parents Oregon residency preparing to continue his/her education through a community college, or a four year college or university, with plans to study in an agriculture and/or forestry related major.

The application deadline is March 15, 2016.

OFB Memorial Scholarship Eligibility and Process Letter

Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship Application

Oregon Farm Bureau Associate Member Scholarship

The Oregon Farm Bureau, COUNTRY Insured, Associate Member Scholarship, funded by COUNTRY Financial. A scholarship of $1000 scholarship any Oregon high school graduate or an Oregon home school graduate with a full year of college transcripts, 24 semester or 36 quarter hours, documented by a transcript and proof of parents Oregon residency with an associate membership or a dependent child of an associate member (non-voting/non-farming) of Oregon Farm Bureau.

The application deadline is March 15, 2016.

Full letter explaining application process for the Oregon Farm Bureau Associate Member Scholarship

Oregon Farm Bureau Associate Member Scholarship Application

Oregon Dairy Women College Scholarships

The Oregon Dairy Women award scholarships to college students from dairy families.

4 Year College/University Students


All applicants must:

  1. Be majoring in Food Science, Animal Science, Veterinary Science, Nutrition, Dietetics or other areas related to or having an impact on the Dairy Industry.
    (One $2,500 scholarship offered yearly)
    or
    Be a son or daughter of an Oregon dairy farmer and have lived on a dairy
    (Two $2,500 scholarships offered yearly)
  2. Be a full-time student of sophomore standing or above  at a four-year college (freshman year must have been completed).
  3. Have at least 2.7 accumulative GPA.

 

2 Year Community College Students

(One $1,000 Scholarship offered yearly)

All applicants must:

  1. Be a graduating high school Senior planning to attend full-time Community College in the fall
    or
    Be a full-time student currently enrolled at a Community College
  2. Be a son or daughter of an Oregon dairy farmer or worked on a dairy for at least two years or had a 4-H or FFA project for four years.
  3. Have at least  2.7 accumulative GPA.

 

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ODFA Scholarship
4 Year College/University Students

(One $1,000 Scholarship offered yearly)

All applicants must:

  1. Be the son or daughter of an Oregon dairy farmer and have lived on a dairy.
  2. Be a full-time student of sophomore standing or above at a four-year college. (Freshman year must have been completed.)
  3. Have at least 2.7 accumulative GPA.

 

Submission Requirements

All submissions must be received by May 1st:

  1. Completed application form
  2. A one-page autobiography, including dairy background, school and community activities
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Official transcript of grades

Winners will be based on application, autobiography, letters of recommendation, scholastic achievements and personal interview (no interview for Community College students).

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