Oregon students who are searching for college funding should check out the OSAC scholarships on the website of the Oregon Student Access Commission, better known as OSAC. Primarily funded by the State of Oregon, the mission of this public/private partnership is to help Oregonians follow their dreams for a college education. In one convenient place, students can research potential opportunities for financial aid, including local, regional, and national scholarships, grants, and loans. The website also has links to other helpful information, such as the Study Abroad programs, financial aid basics, how to estimate college costs, and other important resources.
With more than 400 scholarships available, students can explore the catalog for relevant opportunities, then apply for their choices with one application. Many grantors ask for additional written essays, which are also entered on the website. As a result, it is much simpler for students to keep track of what they have applied for and what they have left to do.
One special need-based grant that was given to more than 58,000 students for the two years ending December 2011 is the Oregon Opportunity Grant. The award amount for the 2012-2013 school year is $1950, and students must attend an eligible Oregon college or university. Applying for this grant is easy. All students must do is complete the FAFSA, or online Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. They will need to complete this form anyway for federal aid programs, such as Pell Grants and student loans, so no extra work is involved.
Oregon students are offered more than $15 million in OSAC scholarships annually. Many different individuals donors, families, nonprofits, civic groups, and companies fund these awards, which range from as low as $500 to as high as $10,000. The OSAC online application is easy to complete, with simple steps that walk a student through the process. Any Oregon student who is considering post-secondary education should explore the OSAC scholarships.