What is the FAFSA?
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
The FAFSA is used to apply for federal student aid such as grants, work-study, and loans. You may also be required to complete FAFSA in order to apply for most state and some private aid.
All college-bound seniors must complete the FAFSA in order to be considered for federal aid (including student and parent loans). The information necessary for completing the FAFSA is based on the "prior-prior" year’s income (for example, to complete the FAFSA for attendance during the 2021/22 school year (class of 2021), 2019 income information will be used).
FAFSA for the class of 2021 opened on October 1, 2020. Students and their parents will complete the FAFSA using 2019 tax information. Members of the class of 2021 should file FAFSA as soon as possible after it becomes available.
Students and parents will need an FSA ID number. If you don’t already have an FSA ID number, apply for one at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. The ID number enables both parties to sign the form electronically upon completion. If parents have completed FAFSA for older children, they will use the same FSA ID number.
The Oregon Promise Grant
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. Students must apply during their senior year or immediately after GED® test completion. Awards range from $1,000 to $4,005 per year (in 2020-21) for full-time students, minus a $50 co-pay per term. Your Oregon Promise award amount depends on several factors. Watch this video to learn more!