Established in 1959 by the Oregon Legislature, OSAC continues to provide innovative programs to thousands of Oregon students and families to ensure access to postsecondary education. Each year, OSAC awards grants and scholarships to thousands of Oregon students in their quest to achieve a college education.
As a national leader in public/private partnerships of scholarship and innovative outreach programs, OSAC administers the following programs: Scholarships, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Chafee Grant, the Childcare Grant, ASPIRE, as well as smaller funding programs.
For more information visit www.OregonStudentAid.gov.
College Goal Oregon (CGO)
OSAC has held College Goal Oregon events since 2007 and these events are now a part of the year-round FAFSA Plus+ program to help students and their families learn about the FAFSA and how to apply for financial aid. Attendees receive information on navigating the steps of financial aid, learning about scholarship opportunities, completing the FAFSA, and learning about financial aid challenges. College Goal Oregon is a project of OSAC with financial support from the National College Access Network (NCAN).
College Goal Oregon is part of the national program College Goal Sunday. Visit www.collegegoalsundayusa.org for more information.
FAFSA Plus+, administered by OSAC, is part of the U.S. Department of Education's new FAFSA Completion Initiative. This initiative, allows state student grant agencies, such as OSAC, the authority to provide participating secondary schools, school districts, and certain designated entities with limited data about students' progress in completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Since timely completion of the FAFSA is an essential step for many families in obtaining financial aid to pursue a postsecondary education, the FAFSA Completion Initiative will enable state student grant agencies and their school and district partners to identify those students who have not filed a FAFSA form and better target counseling, filing help, and other resources to those students. In Oregon, OSAC is the state student grant agency that has been authorized to offer FAFSA completion information to schools, districts, and other designated entities. Sites must complete a data-sharing agreement with OSAC to participate.
In July 2014, the U.S. Department of Education notified state agencies of several new entities that are eligible to participate in the FAFSA Completion project. These include grantees of the U.S. Department of Education—TRIO and GEAR UP programs—and American Indian and Alaskan Native Education entities that are tribal education agencies or Indian organizations. These agencies and organizations may receive FAFSA filing status information for students if the agency has an established relationship with the student. OSAC welcomes participation from interested tribes.
2015-16 FAFSA Completion Project—Over 100 high schools and community-based organizations are accessing the student-level FAFSA data and providing targeted FAFSA assistance. OSAC not only shares the date each student submits a FAFSA but also shares the status of the application allowing sites to follow up with students with rejected FAFSAs and notify students that they have been selected for verification. The Plus+ component of FAFSA Plus+ includes college access activities that come after submitting a FAFSA. These activities include help reading award letters, comparing financial aid packages from different colleges, and learning about financial literacy.
2014-15 FAFSA Completion Pilot—In spring 2014-15, the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) piloted the FAFSA Completion Project with four Oregon high schools. Participating sites uploaded names of graduating seniors, and OSAC matched those names against 2014-15 FAFSA records to provide a list of students who had or had not submitted FAFSAs to-date. Although the pilot began in April, all schools experienced an increase in the percentage of students who completed FAFSAs.