DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a status given to certain students who entered the United States from another country before their 16th birthday (and before 2007), have been continually residing and attending school in the U.S. and have graduated high school or attained their GED.
If you are an undocumented or DACA student, you do not qualify for federal financial aid. But, regardless of your immigration status, Chemeketa offers resources and opportunities to help you meet your education goals and expenses.
Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA)
Best time to apply: October 1
The Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) is Oregon’s alternative to the federal aid application (FAFSA) for DACA and other undocumented students. By completing your ORSAA, you may be eligible for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon Promise Grant and certain OSAC scholarships.
Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC)
Deadline: February 15, 2017
OSAC provide a more than 500 scholarships for students. You don't need to be a merit scholar or a student with financial need to apply for OSAC scholarships, all types of scholarships are available.
Oregon Opportunity Grant
By completing your ORSAA, you will be considered for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon's largest state-funded need-based grant program for students planning to go to college.
If you are a high school or GED student graduating in spring, you may be eligible for the Oregon Promise. Complete the Oregon Promise application prior to the deadline and the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA).
Application deadline: First week of March each year
Graduating high school seniors from Chemeketa’s district with a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or better may qualify for Chemeketa Scholars, a full tuition scholarship for up to two years in any field of study.
Chemeketa Foundation Scholarships
Application deadline: February 1-March 31 each year
New and returning students can apply for Chemeketa scholarships for the next school year. If awarded, you will receive your scholarship in the fall of the following academic year.
Student Leadership Opportunities
Best time to apply: Spring term
Student leadership programs provide financial aid to help students meet their educational expenses, help college staff do important work and provide valuable work experience to students. Student leaders must complete 12 credits or more per term and maintain a 2.75 term GPA, among other requirements.
The Dream.US National Scholarship
Deadline: March 8, 2017
Dream.US is a national scholarship that covers students’ tuition and fees for associates or bachelor's degrees.
Chemeketa Completion Program (CCP)
CCP is a support system for students that provides assistance with navigating college systems such as financial aid, registration and advising. CCP is open to you if you are completing a Chemeketa degree or certificate, are enrolled full-time and are committed to your education.
May 26 from 5 to 7 pm in Building 2, Student Center at the Salem Campus
All are welcome to attend this afternoon of valuable information and resources for immigrant high school students not eligible for federal aid. Parents are encouraged to attend to learn more about how they can best support their children while they are in school. A light meal and refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Chemeketa DACA and Allies United Club.
Click here for a copy of the agenda.
Oregon DACA Coalition
June 6 from 1 to 3 pm in Building 2, Student Center at the Salem Campus
Learn about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, how it affects the student body and our community, and how you can become an ally today.