Financial Aid is a broad term that includes a variety of ways students pay for college. This includes Student Loans (federal and/or private), Grants, and Scholarships. The difference between each of these sources of funding are:
- Student Loans - Money students borrow that they pay back later on, includes interest.
- Grants - Money students are gifted, no need to pay back.
- Scholarships - Money students are awarded, usually includes an application process that students have to go through.
Two Major Applications for Financial Aid
1. Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA):
The FAFSA is the first step for students and families in funding a college education. The information contained in the FAFSA is ONLY used to determine how much money a student can receive for college in the form of Student Loans and Grants. The application for FAFSA is completed online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.
FAFSA Application Help - we have a lot of FAFSA live support with regular FAFSA completion events scheduled, if you are interested please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA):
The ORSAA is an alternative to the FAFSA for undocumented Oregon students including students who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, Temporary Protected Status (TPS). It is a confidential application that is used solely by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) to qualify students for financial aid in Oregon. Information that is shared with the HECC via the ORSAA is used only by the HECC and partner colleges, universities, and foundations in order to administer grants and scholarships. The application for ORSAA is completed online at https://oregonstudentaid.gov/fafsa-orsaa.aspx.
ORSAA Application Help
- ORSAA Tip Sheets (English) (Español): This PDF will guide you through the ORSAA process and outline how to apply for other financial aid in Oregon.
- Guide to the ORSAA (English only): This guide breaksdown the application sections and purpose.
- 5 Tips for Completing the ORSAA (English l Español): A video of tips for students and families as they start the ORSAA. A full playlist of videos for ORSAA filers is available here.
- ORSAA Demonstration Video (English l Español): A walkthrough of the application from OSAC staff.
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General Financial Aid Resources
ECMC’s Opportunity Books
- English https://www.ecmc.org/students/
- Spanish https://www.ecmc.org/students/
Helpful Financial Aid Websites
FinAid Oregon GEAR UP
Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines
If you are an undocumented student there ARE resources and scholarships for you, go to the next section to see those.
$10,000 scholarship for underrepresented students who are interested in computer science. Current high school seniors will be required to attend Google's Computer Science Summer Institute.
A full–tuition scholarship from Cards Against Humanity for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math who creates a three–minute video explaining a topic in STEM.
$1,000 to $50,000 scholarships based on grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities and/or community service.
$5,000 renewable scholarship for students who show potential by demonstrating the qualities of leadership, determination and resilience as critical enablers of their future success. One-time awards of $2,500 for tuition, books or room and board are also available.
$20,000 for excellence in school, on a sports team, and in the community.
$2,500 scholarship for students who identify as transgender.
$2,000 scholarship for students attending an approved trade-related program (Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing or Construction Management) at an accredited two-year school.
60+ scholarships with one application for current and future leaders in the LGBTQ+ community facing significant barriers and from or studying in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
$6,000 renewable scholarship for minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice.
Several scholarships open to students who graduate from Benton county high schools.
Up to $10,000 for an essay on an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. Open to students in grades 9-12.
Full tuition, renewable scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses. Students must apply during their junior year of high school.
Up to $25,000 from the Taco Bell Foundation for creating a 2-minute video that tells the story of your life's passion.
Up to $20,000 in scholarships for Asian and/or Pacific Islander students with a 2.7 GPA or higher who will be the first in their families to attend college.
Over $2 million in scholarships given for a wide variety of experiences, career goals and higher education plans.
$25,000 renewable scholarship for promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential despite obstacles.
Scholarships for Hispanic students in Oregon with a 3.0 GPA or higher who will attend higher education.
$2,000 - $50,000 scholarships open to high school seniors through college juniors who are Eagle Scouts.
Full tuition and fees as well as a stipend for students interested in serving as a Naval Reserve Officer.
Several scholarships for Oregon students who participated in FFA.
Visit here for more: https://oregongoestocollege.org/pay/scholarships
Another resource you can use to look for scholarships is Oregon CIS, login using this - Username: 1Roosevelt Password: RHS11
Scholarship Resources for Undocumented Students
- ECMC Accessing College as an Undocumented Student Resource Guide: English and Spanish
- Colleges that meet undocumented/DACA student's full need: list of colleges
- The Oregon Promise Grant: https://oregonstudentaid.gov/oregon-promise.aspx
- The Oregon Opportunity Grant: https://oregonstudentaid.gov/oregon-opportunity-grant.aspx
- OSAC Scholarships for Oregon Students (not all are available to undocumented students): https://oregonstudentaid.gov/scholarships.aspx
- Cesar Chavez Leadership Conference Scholarship: https://wou.edu/ceclc/about-ceclc/
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund (must be of Hispanic heritage): https://www.hsf.net/en_US/scholarship
- Latino Scholarship Program (must be of Hispanic ancestry): https://hmccoregon.com/scholarship/
- Immigrants Rising: https://immigrantsrising.org/wp-content/uploads/Immigrants-Rising_Applying-for-Scholarships.pdf
- MALDEF: https://www.maldef.org/resources/scholarship-resources/
- The Dream.US: https://thedream.us/scholarships/
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund Tool: https://finder.hsf.net/
- Edvisors: https://www.edvisors.com/scholarships/win-scholarships/free-scholarships/undocumented-student-scholarships/
- Get Schooled: https://getschooled.com/article/1320-scholarships-for-undocumented-daca-mented-students-get-that-money/
- You may also do our own internet scholarship search using terms such as “non-need based,” “merit based” or “no FAFSA required.”
Please also reach out to me Angel Gutierrez (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to talk about these resources or more, I am here to help and am happy to.