Financial Aid / Scholarships

If by chance you couldn’t make it to Financial Aid night on September 18th here is the entire presentation! Booklets and more information available in the Career Center. Please let Ms. Simoni know if you have any questions. 503-668-8011 x7111 or molly.simoni@ortrail.k12.or.us.

Financial Aid Night Slideshow: https://tinyurl.com/OR-Paying-for-College-2018-19

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  www.fafsa.gov

8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA:
1. Create an account (your FSA ID)
2. Start the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.gov
3. Fill out the Student Demographics section.
4. List the schools to which you want your FAFSA information sent. (4 for FREE, but can list up to 10)
5. Answer the dependency status questions,
6. Fill out the Parent Demographics section.
7. Supply your financial information.
*IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) recommended for quick processing.
8. Sign and submit your FAFSA form.

If you prefer to mail in a paper FAFSA form you can print one out here:
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/2019-20-fafsa.pdf
Please still complete Step #1 above so that you have an online FAFSA account should you need to log in to retrieve information once your form is processed.

OREGON PROMISE      https://oregonstudentaid.gov/oregon-promise.aspx
Do you plan on attending an Oregon Community College? Or even just as a possible plan B? Maybe your backup plan? We recommend ALL seniors apply for Oregon Promise just in case you might need it. Oregon Promise is a state grant that helps to cover tuition costs at any Oregon community college for recent high school graduates and GED® test graduates. You can learn more in this video: Oregon Promise: Introduction & How to Apply.

Step 1 for Oregon Promise is to file a FAFSA application. (See above) Then you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Complete an Oregon Promise Grant Application by the appropriate deadline
  • File a FAFSA or ORSAA application and list at least one Oregon community college
  • Be a recent Oregon high school graduate or GED test graduate
  • Document a 2.50 cumulative high school GPA or higher; or a GED test score of 145 or higher on each test
  • Plan to attend at least half-time at an Oregon community college within 6 months of high school graduation or GED test graduation
  • Be an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to college attendance
  • Must not have more than 90 college credits completed or attempted
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC): Students may be subject to eligibility requirements based on their EFC. EFC eligibility requirements are subject to change based on available funding.
    • For 2018-19, there is no EFC limit for Oregon Promise.
    • For 2019-20, EFC criteria has not been determined yet. All interested students are encouraged to apply for Oregon Promise by their deadline, regardless of their EFC.