File the FAFSA as soon as possible beginning January 1, each year.
File before February 1, each year to be considered for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, which is
Oregon's largest state-funded need-based grant program. Also see information about the SAR
(Student Aid Report)
In addition to the Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG), other state/federal grants include the Chafee Grant for former
foster youth, the Child Care Grant for Undergraduate Student-Parents, and the scholarship for dependents of
Deceased or Disabled Public Safety Officers
Look for as many scholarships as possible, especially local scholarships for a less competitive application process.
Apply for scholarships at your college/program of choice as well as ones offered from connected areas like a family member's
place of employment
Up to $15 million awarded per year from the OSAC Scholarship Application. Over 450 different
scholarships available through OSAC. Early bird deadline is February 15, each year. Final
deadline is March 1, each year
See an example of a financial aid award letter and how to interpret one as well as research information about
studying abroad. Also, look into college admission testing like the ACT (American College Testing assessment) and
the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)