Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG)

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Amount
Awarded

$8,400

Awarded

Application Deadline

March 1

Sunday
Awarded By:

Oregon Student Assistance Commission

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Varies depending on the number of eligible applicants and the amount of funding available. Approximately 30,000 awards offered each year.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  3. Must be a resident of Oregon. Please note: Members of Native American tribes with traditional ties to Oregon who reside out-of-state may be considered residents. Complete information on these tribes is available at www.getcollegefunds.org/tribal_residency.html .
  4. Must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program with no prior baccalaureate degree.
  5. Must be enrolled on a half-time basis (six credit hours per semester) or more.
  6. Must attend an eligible postsecondary institution in Oregon. A list of eligible institions is available online at the OSAC website.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This grant is available to Oregon resident undergraduate students who are enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution in Oregon. Students must display financial need of $2,000 or more to be considered for an award.

Application requirements for the Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) are:

  • FAFSA
Additional Information: The Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG), formerly called the State Need Grant, is Oregon's largest state-funded need-based grant program for students planning to go to college. The program was established in 1971 by the Oregon Legislature to assist Oregon's neediest students in attaining a postsecondary education. Income Limit – Student/family adjusted gross income of $70,000. Only students with incomes at or below the limit are considered for the grant. Enrollment Status – In years with limited available funds, grants are only available to students who enroll at least half-time at an eligible Oregon institution. Students who are awarded grant funds but delay enrollment until later in the academic year may lose eligibility. In addition, 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. OSAC awards Opportunity Grants according to a formula that includes the following: Average cost of attendance at an Oregon community college or an institution in the Oregon University System. Student share ($5700 at a community college; $8700 at a public or private nonprofit 4-year institution). Family share (expected family contribution, or EFC). Federal share (Federal Pell Grants and/or assumed higher education tax credits). Students enrolled in courses of study leading to degrees in theology, divinity, or religious education are not eligible.

Award Amount: Up to $2,100 annually. Students may receive an Opportunity Grant for up to four years (12 quarters or 8 semesters) of full-time enrollment, providing they maintain satisfactory academic progress and file a new FAFSA each year. Awards are prorated for half-time enrollment.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $8,400.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, March 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, March 1

Additional information about this award is available from the Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC) website. Oregon students apply for the Opportunity Grant by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available at www.fafsa.ed.gov, at high school guidance offices, and at college financial aid offices. Each participating college may require additional application materials. Students should contact the institution's financial aid office for additional details on how to apply. For priority consideration, the FAFSA must be completed as soon as possible after October 1. Opportunity Grants are awarded first-come, first-served by application date until funds are depleted.
Contact: Vicki Merkel
Address: 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100 Eugene, Oregon 97401

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