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Paying for college is easier than you think

Get Help Paying For College

You may be able to get help paying the cost of college with scholarships and state and federal financial aid.

Types of Financial Aid

Depending on what you qualify for, there are several types of financial aid available to help pay for college.

Federal & State Aid

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will tell you if you qualify for federal or state aid, including grants, loans and work-study.

The FAFSA for next school year will be available in October. You should fill out your FAFSA as early as you can every year to receive the maximum award you are eligible for.


Grants are "free money" that do not have to be paid back. Some types of grants include –


Loans have to be paid back with interest. Some types of loans are –

  • Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal PLUS Loan for parents
  • Short-term loans for textbooks

Student Employment

Other Types of Aid


These are often based on merit and do not have to be paid back. There are many resources for scholarships, here are a few –

Tuitions Waivers

If you qualify, you do not have to pay full price for tuition. Tuition waivers are available for –

  • Students aged 65+
  • Disabled Oregon Veterans
  • Dependents of fallen Oregon Service Personnel

For DACA Students