When can I apply for a scholarship?
The application window is January 1 through March 1 each year for the following academic year.
How complicated is it to apply?
For most scholarships, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The scholarship application itself requires student contact information, educational history, career goals, and — in most cases — information about the student's finances. Attachments to the application include an activities worksheet, school transcripts, and several short essays.
How do I know if I'm eligible for a scholarship?
Please review the individual scholarship descriptions to determine your eligibility. Most OCF scholarships can be found at http://oregonstudentaid.gov. However, a few scholarships are listed on OCF’s website (please see Scholarships Through OCF).
Am I eligible for a scholarship if I'm planning to attend a vocational school?
We have many scholarships for vocational students. Please read our scholarship descriptions to learn more.
What is the average amount awarded?
About $2,700, though awards range from $200 to $10,000.
How are recipients selected?
The first step is to ensure a student’s eligibility for a particular scholarship. The second step is to reduce the pool of applicants to those who seem to best fit a particular scholarship’s criteria. The third step is to have a scholarship committee review the final pool of applications to identify the best candidates. A student’s personal essays are crucial at this point, because they supply information about the student that may not be evident in educational transcripts or a list of activities.
When will I know if I've been selected?
It depends on the scholarship. Some students hear in May, but others may not hear until August.
How are awards paid?
Scholarship awards are paid directly to the educational institution once the student's enrollment has been verified. Generally, awards are paid term by term or semester by semester.
What if I attend only one semester?
Your scholarship award is meant to offset the cost of attendance over a full academic year. If you attend for only one of the two semesters, your award will be reduced by half. Similarly, if you attend only two of three quarters, your award will be reduced by one-third.
I received a scholarship this year. Can I apply for the same scholarship next year?
Some scholarships allow renewal and others don't. You are probably eligible for many scholarships, so you should apply every year. Check the award notice for your current scholarship to find out if you can apply for renewal.