College Cash Campaign: Students

College Cash Campaign

Financial aid is money for college; follow the steps below to maximize your earnings!


  • Compare college costs and learn about the different types of financial aid.

    Do you know how much it will cost to go to college? Find out an estimate of what you will actually pay with each college's Net Price Calculator.

    There are four basic types of financial aid: grants, loans, work study and scholarships.
  • File the FAFSA or ORSAA as close to October 1 as possible.

    Some financial aid is first-come, first-served, so file your FAFSA as soon it opens on October 1. Undocumented students in Oregon should file the ORSAA when it opens.

    You will need a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID in order to file the FAFSA.

    Prepare and bring all of the additional information and documents you will need to complete the application.

    The FAFSA and ORSAA are both FREE to fill out; do not pay anyone to complete this application.
  • Fill out the OSAC Scholarship application by March 1.

    This one application has over 500 scholarships you may be eligible for.

    A series of short essays are required as part of the application; be sure to write and edit them in a separate document. Ask your teachers or a trusted adult to take a final look.
          Some scholarships may require an additional essay. Don't overlook these - you may have better odds of winning these!

    Apply by the Early Bird Deadline of February 15 to be eligible for a $500 scholarship drawing.
  • Going to community college? Fill out the Oregon Promise application.

    Oregon Promise is a tuition grant for eligible students who will go to community college in Oregon. The deadline for most students is June 1. Apply now.

    You must complete the FAFSA (or the ORSAA, Oregon's alternative application for undocumented students) in order to receive this grant.
  • Apply for other scholarships and complete any additional financial aid forms.

    Check for additional scholarships from the colleges you have applied to; you may need to complete additional paperwork.

    Search national search engines like Fast Web and check with your high school for local and regional scholarships.

    Some colleges require students to complete the CSS Profile in order to receive financial aid. In Oregon, Lewis & Clark College and Reed College require it; check with out-of-state colleges to see if they require it.

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Paying for College

Not sure where to start? Learn the basics of how to pay for college with an overview of financial aid.


Get answers to frequently asked questions about FAFSA, ORSAA, Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon Promise and in-state tuition.

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In partnership with Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators