The federal government provides grants for students attending college or career school. Most types of grants, unlike loans, are sources of financial aid that generally do not have to be repaid.

Grants can come from the federal government, your state government, your college or career school, or a private or nonprofit organization. Do your research, apply for any grants you might be eligible for, and be sure to meet application deadlines!

Types of grants students may be eligible for are explained below. To get started, apply for FAFSA for 2023-24 or 2024-25 or ORSAA

Federal Pell Grant

This is a need-based program as determined by the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) resulting from the FAFSA and is prorated for three-quarter time, half time, and less than half time enrollment levels. 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

This is a need-based program available fall, winter, and spring terms. Priority is given to Pell-eligible students enrolled at least half time. Students must demonstrate 'exceptional' financial need to be considered for the FSEOG. 

Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG)

This program is administered by the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC). It is a need-based program and is available to eligible Oregon residents (a resident of the state of Oregon for at least one year prior to the beginning of the academic year) who are enrolled at least half time during fall, winter, and spring terms.  

OSAC determines students’ eligibility for this grant based on the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information. The award per term varies and students should apply early for consideration of this need-based grant.

Oregon Promise Grant

The Oregon Promise program covers up to full tuition with a combination of Federal and State grants to eligible Oregon high school graduates and GED recipients.  Learn more about the Oregon Promise Grant Guidelines.PDF

Oregon Tribal Student Grant

The Oregon Tribal Student Grant provides funding for eligible Oregon tribal students to offset the cost of attendance at eligible Oregon colleges and universities.  Additional details are available on the website.

Oregon Student Child Care Grant

The Oregon Student Chlid Care Grant Program was established to assist parents enrolled in postsecondary education obtain safe, dependable care that supports their children's development while allowing completion of the parent's academic programs.

Chafee Education & Training Grant

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Independent Living Program (ILP) has received Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funding to help current or former foster care youth with postsecondary education and training.