Finding $ for Oregon Students

Oregon Student Access Commission
Finding Funds
For Oregon
Helping Students Plan and Pay for College
Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC)
 ASPIRE and Outreach
 Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG)
 Grants for foster youth, student
parents, and more…
 OSAC Scholarship Application
Topics to Cover
Financial Aid Terms
Oregon Opportunity Grant
Other Grants & Tuition Waiver
OSAC Scholarship Program
& Application Tips
Financial Aid Terms
 Free Application for Federal Student
 Helps evaluate a student’s ability to
pay for college
 Calculates the Expected Family
Contribution (EFC)
 Re-apply each year
 Determines eligibility for financial
Financial Aid Terms
Need-based aid
Determined by FAFSA and/or other
statement of financial need
Merit-based aid
 Determined by other factors: talent,
academics, interest, etc.
Financial Aid Terms
Eligibility based on need
No repayment
 Eligibility based on EFC, remaining
need, merit, or a combination
Work study
Awarded by the college using FAFSA
Financial Aid Terms
Student Loans
Federal and Private Loans
Must be paid back
Federal Education Tax Credits
American Opportunity Tax Credit
(modified Hope Credit): Up to $2,500
Lifetime Learning Credit: Up to $2,000
per family per year for additional years
Oregon Opportunity Grant
 FAFSA is the application for OOG
 Submit the FAFSA by February 1, 2014
to be considered for a 2014-2015
Opportunity Grant.
The OOG award is a flat amount of
$2,000 for 2014-15 for eligible
students at participating Oregon
Awards are made first-come firstserved until the funds run out.
OSAC will notify OOG awardees by
email of their award.
Tuition & Fee Waiver for Foster Youth
 HB 3471 passed in 2011 and effective
starting the 2012-13 academic year.
After federal and state grants, institutional
aid and scholarships are applied, remaining
tuition and fees are waived for foster youth
and former foster youth at Oregon
community colleges and universities.
OSAC gives these students priority
awarding for the OOG.
Oregon DHS identifies eligible students and
notifies OSAC & the schools.
Questions? Contact the school’s financial
aid office or Peggy Cooksey 541-687-7443.
Other Grant Programs at OSAC
Chafee Education and Training
Deceased or Disabled Public
Safety Officer Grant
Student Childcare Grant
OSAC Scholarship Program
450+ scholarships
More than $15 million awarded
Average award is $2,000
3,800+ awardees
One easy application
OSAC Scholarship Program Deadlines
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Priority deadline for Early Bird Review
 Opportunity to correct transcript
errors only
 If error-free, enter a drawing for a
$500 scholarship
 5:00 pm (PST)
Saturday, March 1, 2014
FINAL deadline
 Oregon Scholarship Applications &
all required documents must be
received at OSAC by 5:00 pm (PST)
Scholarship Application Features
 Apply for multiple scholarships on
one online application!
 High school juniors can begin their
application for submission their
graduation year
 Scholarship Application Worksheet
 OSAC will send email after
application is received and again
after review
OSAC Scholarship Program
446 programs listed in catalog
234 programs for undergrad students
57 employer/membership programs
334 programs for graduating high school seniors
(236 do not have a G.P. A requirement)
95 programs for graduate students
291 programs allow attendance outside Oregon
73 programs do not require financial need
Scholarship Programs
Ford Scholars – For graduating high school seniors and community
college transfer students pursuing a bachelor's degree at an eligible
Oregon college
Ford Opportunity – For single parents who are "head of household"
and without the support of a domestic partner, pursuing a bachelor's
degree at an eligible Oregon college
Ford ReStart – For adults, age 25 years or older, pursuing an
associate’s or bachelor ‘s degree at an eligible Oregon college.
Preference is given to applicants who are less than halfway through
completion of their program. A ReStart Reference Form is required.
Ford Sons & Daughters - For dependents of employees of Roseburg
Forest Products Co. who are 21 years old or younger by the
application deadline; applicants may attend any eligible college in
the U.S.
Application Requirements
Applications require:
Student Profile
4 Personal Statements
Activities Chart
essays and other
documents may be
Application Student Profile Page
Your Personal “go-to” page
What can you do in your Student Profile?
 Print your application
 Verify whether OSAC accepted your application
 Check if you have been awarded a scholarship, and if
awarded, accept/decline it online
 Update your personal contact info, college choice and
college major
 Copy (refresh) prior year’s Oregon Scholarship
Application data to update and apply for the current
Check your Student Profile often for messages from OSAC about
your application!
OSAC Activities Chart
You can:
 Begin to add activities
 Certify that you have no activity in a specific
category, if applicable
 Import your CIS Activities
Activity list:
A. School Activities
B. Volunteer Activities (Community/Family)
C. Paid Work History
 Dates
 Hours (time spent)
 Responsibilities/Accomplishments (115 characters)
Personal Statements
No more than 1000 characters max
1. Explain your career aspirations and your
educational plan to meet these goals.
2. Explain how you have helped your family or made
your community a better place to live. Please
provide specific examples.
3. Describe a personal accomplishment and the
strengths and skills you used to achieve it.
4. Describe a significant change or experience that has
occurred in your life. How did you respond and
what did you learn about yourself?
 High school seniors submit transcripts that provide
grades from the first semester, trimester, or second
quarter of senior year.
 Additional requirements for home-schooled
 College students submit transcripts that include all
work through fall semester/term
 Three options for submission:
 High school submits electronically (IDTS or OSAC secure web
 Student scans and uploads to application
 Student sends hardcopy (blacken all SSN)
# 1 reason for a rejected OSAC application:
A missing or incomplete transcript
How do students receive scholarships?
 Accepts award through online OSAC Student
Notifies OSAC w/any changes: address, school,
 Verifies eligibility
 Receives funds from OSAC at beginning of the
Issues? Contact the financial aid office and then OSAC
Search Additional Scholarships
 Search Local
Colleges (including depts.),
employers, parents’ employers,
member organizations, local civic
organizations, foundations, high
Search State
Search National
Gates Millennium Scholarship
Program, Coca-Cola, Duck Tape
Do not pay for search tools – use the FREE ones!
Scholarship Search Engines
Fastweb -
College Board –
Peterson’s –
College and Career Centers
Career Information Systems (CIS)
What Selection
Committees Consider
 GPA, course rigor, transcripts, and test scores
Outside the Classroom
 Volunteer activities, leadership, work, etc.
Life Experiences
 Serving your community, helping your family
 Tell your unique story using your four Personal
Statements, Activities Chart, and transcript
Writing Essays or
Personal Statements
Get inspiration from past activities
Be careful about using too much humor
Answer the question
Consider the reader
Don’t repeat information (like your GPA)
Be original, creative, and honest
Be clear and purposeful about your
academic and career goals
Don’t be Shy
In what ways are you unique?
Put YOU on paper
What are your leadership qualities?
How do you take initiative?
Any special recognition?
Tie your past and present with your
Passion with a purpose
Get Help and Feedback
Friends and family
Office/job associates
Learning resource centers
Writing centers
Print it out and read it
Read out loud and silently
Read backwards sentence by
Read it slowly
Take a break and review again
Have someone else proofread your
The Interview
 Remember your audience
 Reread your Application & Personal
 Practice your interview skills
 Make a positive first impression
Establish eye contact
Display poised, confident body language
Dress business casual
Be yourself
Shake hands firmly and remember
 Arrive early
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
OSAC Communications
Podcast Topics
The OSAC Scholarship Application, American
Tax Credit, Avoiding Scholarship Scams, etc.
Follow OSAC on Twitter and Facebook
Receive updates on new scholarships, tips
during the scholarship season, reminders,
and more!
Tip Sheets
How to analyze College Financial Aid award
letters, What you need to know about
student loans, and more!
January 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014
FREE help completing the FAFSA at 20+
sites. Pick from one of four dates!
Thank you for attending
“Finding Funds for Oregon Students”

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