[kids-lib] Oregon Promise pays community college tuition for students with GPA 2.5 or over - but only if they apply now

Greta Bergquist greta.bergquist at state.or.us
Mon Apr 30 08:53:44 PDT 2018

For those of you working near a community college, this may be helpful for your families/teens looking for funding for community college. Application deadline for teens is June 1st.

Happy Monday,

Greta B

Greta Bergquist
Youth Services Consultant
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From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of 'Michele Burke'
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:17 AM
To: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us; oasl-all at ola.memberclicks.net; lirt at olaweb.org; ilago at lists.chemeketa.edu
Subject: [Libs-Or] Oregon Promise pays community college tuition for students with GPA 2.5 or over - but only if they apply now

Public and School Librarians -

Please get the word out to high school students who don't think they can afford college.

Oregon Promise<https://oregonstudentaid.gov/oregon-promise.aspx> provides tuition grants to new high school graduates and GED recipients who will begin community college classes in Fall 2018. The grants cover tuition at an Oregon community college. I have worked with many Oregon Promise students at Chemeketa and can verify that this is real.

To qualify, the student must be a recent grad with a GPA of 2.5, must not have earned more than 90 college credits in high school, and must have lived in Oregon for 12 months. This year, Oregon Promise grants are not based on financial need and there isn't an SAT requirement.

What will make the student ineligible? Missing the application deadline.

Students must complete the Oregon Promise application and a FAFSA application within a short time of graduating and the deadline for most current seniors is June 1, 2018.

Please don't assume that high school counselors and teachers in your area are informing and encouraging students. Our college has seen an influx of Oregon Promise students, but we made a concentrated outreach effort in our district, and we still missed people. Students, especially in rural areas, may not be aware that the Oregon Promise opportunity exists. Students may not be receiving outreach, they may not understand information they have received, or they may not consider themselves "college material." Public librarians and school librarians can help by reaching and encouraging students and parents.

Please learn more<https://oregonstudentaid.gov/oregon-promise-faq.aspx#awardupdate>, but don't wait to push students to turn in their applications. Receiving an Oregon Promise Grant and earning community college credit will become part of the student's overall financial aid profile, but remember - turning in an application doesn't commit the student, it just ensures that the student has this as an option and doesn't miss out because of a paperwork deadline.

Although I don't administer this program for our college and I am not an Oregon Promise expert, I am happy to talk about this and I hope you will feel comfortable emailing or calling me.

As always, thank you for helping people see possibilities.

Michele Burke
Reference Librarian
Chemeketa Community College, Salem Campus
Office: 503.365-4711
Cell: 503.559-5518
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