Who Can Go To College?


Who can go to college? (Hint: everyone)

Everyone can go to college, regardless of circumstances. Use the information and resources below as a starting point and talk with a teacher, college staff member or trusted adult to get help.



You can afford college. Thanks to the federal and state government, colleges and other organizations that provide financial aid to help pay for college, most students don't pay the "sticker" price. Learn how to pay for college.

First In Your Family

Look to online communities and specific services at college for first-generation college students in addition to taking advantage of general support services that colleges offer like tutoring, advising and mentoring.

Student of Color

Many colleges offer dedicated support services for students of color. Some colleges serve a specific population, such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and tribal colleges.


In Oregon, eligible undocumented and DACA-mented students have access to several ways to help pay for college including paying in-state tuition at public universities as well as access to state financial aid.


Colleges that offer federal financial aid must make their programs accessible to qualified students with disabilities. See the National Center for College Students with Disabilities for more information and resources.


Look for colleges that offer specific support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other gender non-conforming students. Search the Campus Pride Index for a list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges.

Foster Youth

There are specific scholarships and resources available for current and former foster youth. You may be eligible for a tuition and fee waiver for Oregon colleges.


Get help from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth's Higher Education Helpline: call 855-446-2673 or e-mail highered@naehcy.org.

Transfer Student

There are many reasons why students might decide to change or transfer colleges. Be sure to talk to advisors to make sure that as many college credits will transfer as possible.

Adult Learner

Juggling work and/or family responsibilties? Consider a college with classes offered at a variety of times or online. Some colleges may also give credit for prior learning. Learn more about going to college as an adult learner.


Some colleges offer child care or family housing, as well as additional support services. Consider a college with classes offered at a variety of times or online. Get support from the Oregon Student Child Care Grant.


The federal government provides veterans of the armed services with money for college. Look for colleges with specific support services for veterans as well. Learn more about college options and considerations for veterans.