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Finding Fund$for Oregon Students

Oregon Student Assistance Commission


  • Financial aid terms

  • OSAC outreach and resources

  • Oregon Opportunity Grant and other public grants

  • OSAC eApp scholarships

  • Scholarship tips

Financial Aid Terms

OSAC Programs and $$$ for Oregon Students

Section 1

Financial aid terms
Financial Aid Terms

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid also known as the FAFSA

    • Calculates the family and/or students Expected Family Contribution or EFC

  • Need-based aid

    • Determined by FAFSA &/or other statement of financial need

  • Merit-basedaid

    • Determined by other factors: talent, academics, interest, etc.

Financial aid terms cont
Financial Aid Terms, cont.

  • Grants

    • Eligibility based on need

    • No repayment

  • Scholarships

    • Eligibility based on EFC, remaining need, merit, or a combination

    • No repayment

  • Work study

    • Awarded by the college using FAFSA

Financial Aid Terms, cont.

  • Remaining Need Calculation

    • School’s cost of attendance minus (EFC) = Remaining Financial Need

  • Federal and Private Student Loans

  • May be listed as financial aid and must be paid back

  • Federal Education Tax Credits

  • American Opportunity Credit (modified Hope Credit): Up to $2,500 annually

  • Lifetime Learning Credit: Up to $2,000 per family per year for additional years

  • Oregon Student

    Assistance Commission(OSAC)

    The state student financial aid agency

    • ASPIRE, Outreach and Information

    • Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) and grants for for foster youth, student parents, and more…

    • eApp Oregon’s common application for scholarships


    • Provides one-on-one mentoring toextend and enhance the reach of the guidance counselor

    • Welcomes ALL students

    • Offers ALL postsecondary educational options

    • Statewide at sites that serve high school students

      For a list of participating sites:

    ASPIRE is Expanding

    Apply Now!

    Three ways to ASPIRE!

    • Traditional ASPIRE: At a school or site that serves high school students

      • eASPIRE: Online mentoring

      • Getting Ready to ASPIRE: Mentoring for middle school students

        Expansion funds provided by GEAR UP and

        College Access Challenge Grant

      • Apply at

      • Volunteer to be an eMentor

    OSAC Communications

    Timely Tip Sheets -

    • How to Analyze College Financial Aid Award Letters, What You Need To Know About Student Loans and more!

      Podcast Topics

    • Avoiding Scholarship Scams, The OSAC eApp Scholarship Application, American Tax Credit and more!

      Join us on Twitter and Facebook

    • Receive updates from OSAC (great tips during scholarship season)

    Oregon opportunity grant
    OregonOpportunity Grant

    • File your FAFSA early to apply

    • Indicate the Oregon college you plan to attend in the first position on your FAFSA

    • Maximum award depends on type of school (2-year or 4-year public or 4-year private nonprofit) and if enrolled full-time or half-time

    Other Public Programs at OSAC

    • Federal Chafee Grants for Former Foster Youth** – Up to $3,000 annually. Oregon Dept of Human Services approves eligibility. Deadlines: August 1 (fall); November 1 (winter); February 1 (spring); May 1 (summer)

    • Deceased and Disabled Public Safety Officer Scholarship** – For children of public safety officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. Awards up to full tuition & fees, depending on institution.

    • Student Childcare Grant** – Award based on age and number of children. Applications available mid-January.

    • Oregon Youth Conservation Corps Scholarship– Vouchers for education expenses, must have participated to be eligible.

    • ** Visit for details and applications

    Osac scholarships
    OSAC Scholarships

    What s new www getcollegefunds org
    What’s New

    • Streamlined look with pop-up instructions

    • Available early AND high school juniors can begin their 2012-13 eApp

    • Easier search and sort functions – similar to an online shopping cart

    • Add scholarships directly to your eApp

    • Change a “test” eApp into a “regular” eApp

    What s new
    What’s New

    • After submitting you will receive an email that your eApp was received, and again after it’s reviewed

    • Use Scholar Snapp to export eApp data to other online scholarship applications

    • Remember: Your work is automatically saved

    Scholarship Search Workbook


    • High School by County

    • Academic and Career Interest

    • Specific Populations & Miscellaneous

    • Member Organizations / Employers

    • OSAC Salutes Donors: Index

    Workbook toolbar

    Scholarship search online www getcollegefunds org
    Scholarship Search

    • Links to:

    • Start or return to your application

    • Catalog

    • Deadlines

    • PDF of the workbook/worksheet/paper app

    • eApp instructions

    • Transcript, eligibility and residency info

    • Your e-Student Profile

    • GPA calculator

    • Scholar Snapp

    • Scholarships awarded to date

    • What you can do in the catalog not embedded in your application

    • Review specific requirements for each scholarship.

    • Click on SET FILTERS button to customize your search

    • You cannot add scholarships to your application from here.

    • Start your application and use the catalog embedded in your application!

    • What you can do in the Scholarship List embedded in your application!

    • Set your basic search criteria: Notice that your name and eApp number appear and dropdown boxes are prefilled

    • Click continue after setting your Basic Search

    • Add Scholarships by Name

    • Review and refine your search

    • Search Employer Member Programs only (recommended)

    • For each scholarship in your list you can either remove it

    • or add it to your application

    • Click continue after setting your Basic Search

    Your eApp Home Page

    Check your status

    Correct errors – messages appear in red

    Print a copy

    Submit after 11/1/2010

    (AFTER you submit you cannot add more scholarships. You can only change your contact info, college choice and college major!)

    e-Student Profile Home Page

    Your personal go-to page!

    What you can do in your e-Student Profile

    • Edit applications

    • Print your application

    • Verify whether OSAC accepted your application

    • Check if you have been awarded a scholarship, and if awarded, accept it online

    • Update your contact info, college choice and college major

    • Copy (refresh) prior year’s eApp data to update

    Check often! Primary source of notifications from OSAC about your eApp!

    Osac activities chart
    OSAC Activities Chart

    You can:

    • Begin to add activities

    • Certify that you have no activity in a specific category

    • Import your CIS Activities

      Activity list:

    • School Activities

    • Volunteer Activities (Community/Family)

    • Paid Work History

    • Include:

    • Dates

    • Hours (time spent)

    • Responsibilities/Accomplishments (15 words)

    Personal Statements

    • Explain your career aspirations and your educational plan to meet these goals.

    • Describe a challenge or obstacle you faced in the last ten years. What did you learn about yourself from this experience?

    • Describe a personal accomplishment and the strengths and skills you used to achieve it.

    • Explain how you have helped your family or made your community a better place to live. Please provide specific examples.

    Limit statement to 1,000 characters


    • OSAC application requires:

      • Graduating high school seniors submit transcripts that reflect grades through December/January

      • College students submit transcript that includes all work through fall semester/term

    • If sending a hard copy, blacken first 5 digits of SSN for security purposes

    # 1 reason for a rejected OSAC application:

    A missing or incomplete transcript

    Find help at the bottom of most pages

    • Return to your e-Student Profile

    • Logout

    • Get Help with current page

    • eApp Instructions

    • FAQ’s

    • eApp feedback form and help with technical problems

    • Ask the OSAC “wise guy” for non-technical help

    • Review OSAC privacy policies

    OSAC Scholarship Deadlines

    Wednesday January 18

    • eApp Review begins

      Thursday, February 16

    • Priority deadline for Early Bird Scholarship

      • Opportunity to correct errors

      • If error-free, drawing for $500 scholarship

        Thursday, March 1

    • FINAL deadline

      • eApp and paper apps must be received at OSAC

      • Postmarks are not accepted

        Check your e-Student Profile for application status

    Finding Funds for Oregon Students

    Section 2

    Scholarship Tips

    The ford family foundation scholarship programs
    The Ford Family Foundation Scholarship Programs

    • Ford Scholars – For graduating high school seniors and community college transfer students pursuing bachelor’s degrees at eligible Oregon colleges

    • Ford Opportunity – For single parents, heads of households, without the support of a domestic partner, pursuing bachelor’s degrees at eligible Oregon colleges

    • Ford ReStart – For nontraditional students, age 25 or older, to begin or return full-time in an Oregon certificate or degree program

    • Ford Sons & Daughters - For dependents, age 21 or younger, of Roseburg Forest Products employees

    Details atwww.GetCollegeFunds.orgor

    Tip: Keep Searching

    • Colleges and universities (including departments)

    • Employers… and parents’ employers

    • Member organizations

    • Local civic organizations, foundations, high schools

    Do not pay for search tools – use the FREE ones!

    Tip writing essays
    Tip: Writing essays

    • Get inspiration from your activities chart

    • Answer the question

    • Consider the reader

    • Don’t repeat information (like your GPA)

    • Cute doesn’t always cut it

    • Be clear & purposeful about your academic/career goals

    Tip don t be shy
    Tip: Don’t be shy

    • In what ways are you unique?

    • What are your leadership qualities?

    • How do you take initiative?

    • Any special recognition?

    • Tie your past and present with your future

    • Put YOU on paper

    • Passion with a purpose

    Tip get help and feedback
    Tip: Get help and feedback

    • Friends and family

    • Office/job associates

    • Professors/teachers

    • Learning resource centers

    • Writing centers

    Tip what scholarship committees consider
    Tip: What scholarship committees consider

    • Academics

      • GPA, course rigor, and test scores

    • Outside the classroom

      • Volunteer activities, leadership, work, etc.

    • Life experiences

      • Serving your community by helping your family

      • Tell your unique story using your transcript, short essay answers, and activities chart

    Tip: The Interview

    • Remember your audience

    • Reread your application & essays

    • Practice your interview skills

    • Make a positive first impression

      • Establish eye-contact

      • Display poised, confident body language

      • Dress appropriately

      • Be yourself

    Tip beware of scams
    Tip: Beware of Scams

    • Why pay for a service you can get for free?

    • Must still do the work and getting a refund is not that easy!

    • Services that “guarantee” scholarships are questionable!

    • Report scams to the Federal Trade Commission

    • For more information:

    Tips to remember
    Tips to Remember!

    • Use all your resources to maximize $$

    • Follow the instructions

    • Meet deadlines

    • Spell check & proofread

    • Order correct transcript(s)

    • Reflect your best work

    • Submit all required documents and keep copies for yourself

    • Check your e-Student Profile regularly

    More Scholarship Resources

    • OSAC

    • Fastweb

    • College Board

    • Peterson’s

    • Common search engines:

      • Google

      • Bing

        • College and Career Centers

    How to learn more from OSAC

    • “Opportunities” booklets- order online


    • Get College Funds – Oregon state financial aid and programs:

    • College is Possible –Information about going to college:

    Other Resources

    • FAFSA –Application for Federal and State aid:

    • FAFSA Forecaster – Get an early estimate of your eligibility for Federal student aid:

    • College Navigator – Find information about colleges including net price:

    • College financial aid office

    • Federal student aid information center - 1-800-433-3243

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