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Cam Preus, Executive Director

John Wykoff, Deputy Director

Karen Smith, General Counsel

Casey White-Zollman, Communications Director

Katie Archambault, Director of Research & Fiscal Operations

Elizabeth Cox Brand, Executive Director, Student Success Center

Suzette Boydston, Statewide Affinity Coordinator

Susan Baker, Executive Assistant



260 13th St NE 

Salem, OR 97301

(503) 399-9912



Oregon Promise

Oregon Promise Background

The Oregon Promise Grant was created by the Oregon Legislature in 2015 with first awards available during fall 2016. The Oregon Legislature appropriated $10 million for the first year of the program. The purpose of the Oregon Promise Grant is to encourage Oregon residents who are graduating high school students and recent GED graduates to immediately continue their education by providing funding to attend community college in Oregon.

Senate Bill 81 (2015), the “Oregon Promise”, was passed by the Legislature and awaits the Governor’s signature; it provides a $10 million appropriation targeted toward tuition payments for students who are recent Oregon high school graduates attending and pursuing a certificate or degree at one of Oregon’s 17 community colleges. The bill funds grants at a minimum of $1,000 for each community college student awarded, to be administered by the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) under the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC).

Legislative Update

The State has invested a total of $40 million in the Oregon Promise Grant for 2017-19. The $40M investment allows Oregon to extend grants for 2016-17 awardees and add grants for eligible new students who will enter community college in the next two years. This will help to cover the cost of providing the grant to eligible Oregon students, but the funding falls approximately $8 million short of the projected cost to fully fund Oregon Promise in 2017-19.

Learn more about the changes in the Oregon Promise FAQs or watch the Oregon Promise Changes videoThe HECC has also issued a press release.

What is Oregon Promise?

Oregon Promise is a state grant that helps to cover most tuition costs at any Oregon community college for recent high school graduates and GED® recipients. You can learn more in this video: Oregon Promise: Introduction & How to ApplyOregon Promise award amounts for 2017-18 are currently available in the OSAC Student Portal.

Who is eligible?

You must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Complete an Oregon Promise Grant Application by the appropriate deadline
  • File a FAFSA or ORSAA application and list at least one Oregon community college
  • Be a recent Oregon high school graduate or GED recipient
  • Document a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA or higher; or a GED score of 145 or higher on each test
  • Plan to attend at least half-time at an Oregon community college within 6 months of high school graduation or GED completion
  • Be an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to college attendance
  • Must not have more than 90 college credits completed or attempted
  • Beginning with Fall 2017 applicants, students may be subject to eligibility requirements based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC limit for 2017-18 applicants is $20,000*. New applicants who are above the EFC limit will not be eligible for an award. EFC eligibility requirements are subject to change.

*EFC limit updated in December 2017.

How much money will I receive?

Awards range from $1,000 to $3,540 per year (in 2017-18) for full-time students, minus a $50 co-pay per term. Your Oregon Promise award amount depends on several factors.


 Information on this page obtained from the Office of Student Access and Completion