College, Scholarships, and Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid Map

The process of getting financial aid for a student's post-high school education can be intimidating and overwhelming. It's never too early to start learning the in's and out's and all about's of financial aid.

Our goal is to provide relevant, useful information and links to resources on the following:

  • The ways to pay for a post-high school education
  • An explanation of the types of aid and other mumbo-jumbo terminology
  • A timeline of how financial aid works alongside the application process

Confused? Can't find what you are looking for? Reach out to your Future Center!

Dual Partnership Program

The DPP program is a partnership program between a university and a community college. Students enroll at each college and have the benefits of advising, scholarships and more from each school. Students can choose which campus they live on. Most Oregon Universities have some form of this program. Click HERE for more information regarding the COCC and OSU DPP program and on the OSU Degree Partnership Program webpage.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available through a variety of sources. The college you plan to attend, will have both merit and department scholarships available. Your College & Career Center, along with the other high schools in our area, compiles a list of USA, State and Local scholarships that can be found at the BLPS District Scholarship List link below. OSAC (Office of Student Access and Completion) offers 600+ scholarships with one application. National search sites such as ScholarsApp, Unigo, and Sallie Mae give you the ability to search for thousands of scholarships. First stop for any student is our virtual canvas classroom or our famous Scholarship Wall in the College and Career Center where copies of amazing scholarship opportunities are available.

Financial Aid

Families are encouraged to apply prior to November 1st. Applicants will be required to use 2021 tax return information to complete the FAFSA. This is a FREE application and makes students eligible for federal grants (free money) and federal student loans.

Helpful links for filing the FAFSA:

If you have not completed your FAFSA yet, please let us know how we can help! The FAFSA is required by most colleges to make an award package offer to the student. It is also required for the Oregon Promise Grant.

Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to get started. See FAFSA Informational Guide above for more information.

Students who are not US Citizens may file the ORSAA which will allow them to receive State grants and scholarships. ORSAA Application.

Oregon Promise Grant

Students must file the FAFSA to apply, have a 2.5 GPA or above, have lived in Oregon for 12 months and enroll in an Oregon Community College. The Oregon Promise Grant supplements Federal aid and covers the balance of the average cost of a maximum of 12 credits of tuition a term and requires a $50 copay.

Oregon Promise Grant link

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College Information

Applying to college and for financial aid and scholarships can feel daunting. We can help you navigate all of the information available assist you in making decisions. Links for college and career search listed below

APPLICATIONS:

ESSAYS:

TRANSCRIPTS:

  • All transcript requests MUST go through Parchment.com.
  • Transcripts for OSAC Scholarship or Oregon Promise applications must be uploaded through the College and Career Center. Both of these require that seventh semesters grades are posted before upload. Be sure to choose: Have my school verify my GPA option when filling out the applications.
  • Request COCC Transcript
  • College credit received through other community colleges must be requested directly from that institution
  • AP Credit - must be requested through College Board
  • Unofficial transcript requests can be made in the Future Center.

National TESTS:

All Oregon Public Universities have gone permanently test optional for admissions and test blind for scholarships. Due to the testing limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many college have chosen to stay as permanently test optional for all future classes. Be sure to verify with your schools of choice regarding their testing policy.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION:

Letters of Recommendation from counselors, teachers, administrators, coaches and community members can make the difference in admissions decisions.

  • Ask teachers and counselors early. Give at least 3 weeks notice.
  • Counselors have a worksheet to complete. Forms are in the Counseling office and Future Center.
  • Provide all writers with an activities resume and some interesting information about you.
  • Letter writing is not easy. It takes time and thought. Don't forget to say thank you.
  • Tips for asking for letters of recommendation

CHECKLISTS:

  • Junior Checklist - provides class of 2024 with tasks they should complete each month until January of their senior year.

College Athletes

NCAA

Students who want to play NCAA sports in college should be aware of opportunities, registration and requirements. Important resource sites:

NCAA Eligibility Center

  • Find out information regarding Division I and II sports and colleges.
  • Register for the NCAA.

2021-22 Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete

Your Path to the Student-Athlete Experience for Students: Narrated presentation by NCAA

Student-Athlete FAQs

NAIA

Students who want to play NAIA sports in college should be aware of opportunities, registration and requirements. Important resource sites.

NAIA Eligibility Center

PLAY NAIA for Parents

  • Get a listing of NAIA schools. Locate information regarding Division I and II sports.
  • Register to play.

Contact Your Future Center

Your school's Future Center has information and resources to help you navigate your post graduation possibilities.