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 email@example.com
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.
You can also send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Date Name Description 09/10/2021 Cameron Impact ScholarshipFull-tuition, merit-based undergraduate scholarships good for four years to exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service. 09/15/2021 Beat the Odds Scholarship$4,000 scholarships renewable for four years for Oregon high school seniors who "Beat the Odds" by succeeding in school despite daunting obstacles. 09/15/2021 Jazz Education Network Scholarships$1,000 - $3,000 scholarships open to high school and university students with talent and potential in jazz performance and/or education or industry. 09/15/2021 The Gates ScholarshipFull scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Application opens July 15. 09/16/2021 Golden Door ScholarshipFour-year tuition and room & board scholarships to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students attending partner colleges. 09/30/2021 QuestBridge National College MatchFull four-year scholarships to some of the nation's most selective colleges for outstanding low-income high school seniors. 09/30/2021 Montem Health & Wellness Scholarship$1,500 scholarship for a piece of content describing a practical approach to a healthy lifestyle during high school or college. 09/30/2021 Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Scholarship$2,500 scholarships to students majoring in programs that lead to careers in manufacturing at trade, technical, community or 4-year colleges. 10/04/2021 AES Engineering Scholarship$500 scholarship open to high school seniors and current college students who submit a short essay. 10/08/2021 U.S. Senate Youth Program$10,000 scholarship and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. in March. Applications are open to high school juniors and seniors who are serving in an elected or selected capacity in student government and/or other school and district civil or educational organization. 10/11/2021 National Space Club Olin Teague Scholarship$4,000 scholarship open to graduating high school seniors who are U.S. citizens and plan to pursue careers in the aerospace fields. 10/14/2021 National YoungArts Foundation ScholarshipUp to $10,000 for young artists in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 with talent in cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. 10/15/2021 NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship$1,000 scholarships for underrepresented students with a 3.0 GPA or higher who plan to study a STEM field. 10/25/2021 Horatio Alger Scholarship$10,000 - $25,000 scholarship for students who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education. 10/29/2021 U.S. Bank ScholarshipUp to $20,000 for completing a series of financial education online learning modules. 10/30/2021 Evans ScholarshipFull, four-year tuition and housing college scholarships at UO and other select institutions to deserving golf caddies. Priority given to students who apply by September 30. 10/31/2021 VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship$30,000 scholarship from the VFW for writing and recording a 3-5 minute broadcast script on a specific theme. 10/31/2021 National Eagle Scout Association Scholarship$2,000 - $50,000 scholarships open to high school seniors through college juniors who are Eagle Scouts. 11/15/2021 Elks National Foundation ScholarshipUp to $50,000 scholarships for high school students. 11/15/2021 GreenPal Business Scholarship$1,000 scholarship for students who will be studying business, finance or economics in college and have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Visit here for more: https://oregongearup.org/calendar/scholarship
Scholarship Resources for Undocumented Students
- 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.”
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