The state of Oregon recently established the Oregon Promise legislation to assist youth in their quest to pursue education at a state community college after high school. This program offers new high school graduates and GED recipients the opportunity to have some or all of their community college tuition covered. Grants are for students who wish to enter a community college in Oregon in the Fall of 2016. If your student qualifies, he or she may receive at least $1,000 annually towards their educational expenses.
The Oregon Promise is replacing the Advanced Diploma as the main channel through which students receive tuition-free community college. Current legislative changes have significantly reduced the role of the Advance Diploma as an option for tuition free community college. It’s important that as legislative changes occur you are aware of the options available to your student. As such, the following information is critical for your student’s planning and next steps.
Oregon Promise Highlights:
- Eligible full-time, full-year students will receive at least $1,000 annually.
- Awards will be prorated for students attending less than full-time (12 credit hours per term).
- There is a $50 per term co-pay.
To Be Eligible, Students Must:
- Receive an Oregon high school diploma or GED® in Spring/Summer 2016.
- Have been an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to community college enrollment.
- Enroll in community college within 6 months of completing high school or GED®
- Have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or better.
- Accept all state and federal grants awarded.
- Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid at https://fafsa.ed.gov
The deadline to apply for the Oregon Promise program is March 1, 2016. You can find more information and apply online at www.oregonpromise.org.
If your student does not meet these eligibility guidelines, he or she may qualify for tuition free community college through different options available within the Redmond School District! We are here to work with your family to find the best possible plan for your student’s success. Please contact the College & Career Center at your student’s school to learn more about the Oregon Promise and all of the possible opportunities that exist.