Financial aid is available at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) for students to help bridge the gap between the costs of education and the available student and/or family resources. 

Click HERE for more information on CGCC's current Financial Aid Process.
Click HERE for more information on Financial Aid Eligibility and costs.

If you are an Oregon resident, but are not eligible for federal funds through the FAFSA, you may be eligible for state funds by submitting an ORSAA.
Please note, CGCC cannot accept the WAFSA, which is only for Washington residents who attend Washington schools. 

Our goal is to assist students in accessing federal and state funding sources such as Grants, Loans, and Scholarships to help  students meet the costs of their educational goals. 

The ultimate goal is for CGCC to help you graduate debt-free or as close to that as possible. 

  • Returning students with a balance: We are more than willing to work with you on past due bills and may even have additional funding to assist you.  Contact the Business Office (541) 506-6054 or for more information.
  • All Students: We have many scholarship opportunities to assist you with your school costs.  Click Here for more information!

If you have any questions about the financial aid process or need to schedule an appointment with Sara V., please contact Student Services at or (541) 506-6011, option 2.

CGCC Federal School Code: 041519

Changes coming to FAFSA in 2024-25

If you will be attending CGCC in Summer 2024, Fall 2024, Winter 2025, or Spring 2025, you should know about changes to the FAFSA that are beginning in January of 2024. Read more here.

Types of Financial Aid

Financial aid comes in many forms. Students may be eligible for more than one type.


Grants are a type of financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Some grants have restrictions on what they can be used for, and others can be used for almost any education-related purchase.


Loans are a type of financial aid that needs to be repaid.


Scholarships are a form of financial aid that does not need to be repaid. There is usually a separate application for scholarships.


Federal Work-Study is a program where students can work on campus and earn money for school.

Need help?

Our financial aid staff can help!

Sarajane Viemeister (Sara V.)

Financial Aid Coordinator