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See if the Oregon Promise will make your college dreams a reality

The Oregon Promise Helps Pay Tuition

The Oregon Promise is a community college tuition grant for certain recent Oregon high school graduates and GED recipients.

Oregon Promise Details

The grant is not managed by Chemeketa but the state Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC). The OSAC website has information on how to apply.

If you receive the Oregon Promise and attend Chemeketa, you must do the following to maintain it--

  • Maintain a 2.0 grade point average each term
  • Pass at least 67% of credits attempted each term
  • Complete and pass Chemeketa’s First Year Experience course
  • What is Oregon Promise?

    Oregon Promise is a state grant that covers most tuition at any Oregon community college for recent high school graduates and GED® recipients. 

  • Who is eligible?

    You must meet all of the following criteria –

    • Complete an Oregon Promise Grant Application by the appropriate deadline
    • Be a recent Oregon high school graduate or GED recipient
    • Document a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA or higher; or a GED 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 completion
    • Be an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to attendance
    • Have filed a FAFSA or ORSAA application and listed at least one Oregon community college
    • Must not have more than 90 college credits completed or attempted
  • How do I remain eligible for Oregon Promise?

    Complete First-year Experience as directed by the community college. First-year Experience varies depending on the college. If you have questions, contact your college financial aid office.

    • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, determined by your community college.
    • Maintain at least half-time continuous enrollment (i.e. 6 or more credits) during fall, winter and spring terms.
    • Verify your FAFSA information if selected by your college financial aid office. Contact your college financial aid office for questions about this process.
    • Have attempted or completed no more than 90 credits.
    • Application Information

    2016-17 students -

    • To be eligible for renewal, you must have remained eligible for the entire 2016-17 school year.
    • To renew your Oregon Promise grant simply file the 2017-18 FAFSA and complete all missing documents on My Chemeketa beginning in April/May.

    2017-18 students -

    • Apply for Oregon Promise by April 1, 2017 for early notification (applications may be submitted through July 3, 2017.)
    • Verify your GPA by July 3, 2017.
    • File your FAFSA or ORSAA by July 14, 2017.
    • Register for at least 6 credits during fall, winter and spring terms
  • Oregon Promise Updates
    • Starting with Fall 2017, students may be subject to eligibility criteria based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
    • The EFC limit for 2017-18 applicants is $18,000
    • New applicants who are above the EFC limit will not be eligible for an award
    • The new EFC limit does not impact students who received Oregon Promise in 2016-2017
    • The EFC criteria is subject to change
    • Visit the OSAC website for more information