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Oregon promise fact sheet (logo)Update! Renew Information for 2017/18

As a student who received an Oregon Promise Grant in 2016/17, you don’t have to complete another Oregon Promise application for 2017/18. However, you must do the following to apply for 2017/18 renewal:

  • File a 2017/18 FAFSA by July 14, 2017 at www.fafsa.gov.
  • Meet RCC’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements to maintain financial aid eligibility.
  • Have been continuously enrolled at least half-time in each 2016/17 term from your initial term of eligibility, forward.
  • Have attempted fewer than 90 credits.

As with new Oregon Promise applicants, the Office of Student Access and Completion will not make 2017/18 awards until the Legislature has finalized the program’s budget for the 2017-19 biennium.  For more information, see http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/oregon-promise.aspx.

Facts About "Free College" and the Oregon Promise

There has been great interest in "Free Community College" after the Oregon legislature passed the Oregon Promise bill (Senate Bill 81) on July 3, 2015. But what exactly is in this bill and is it really free college?

First, it is not exactly free. Rogue Community College enthusiastically supports any program that will help more people get more access to a college education. This bill is a positive step toward that goal, but the legislature approved only $10 million for the program, not enough to completely fund every Oregonian for two years of community college. Only some people will qualify to have their educations partially subsidized by the state.

For example, there were 45,000 high school graduates in 2015 and $10 million divided between them would be $222 per student. For this reason, there will be specific criteria to determine who qualifies for the Oregon Promise and the amount of each student's award:

  • The Oregon Promise provides funding for Oregon residents who have graduated from an d Oregon high school or earned a GED to go to community college.
  • Students must enroll in a community college within six months of graduation or GED completion.
  • They must be enrolled at least half - time (6 credits) in one - year transferable coursework, or an associate degree or CTE program.
  • They must have a complete Federal Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) on file.
  • Students will have to maintain 2.5 grade point average and show progress toward their academic goal.
  • Grants will be provided to students starting in the 2017 - 2018 academic year.
  • The minimum award available to students is expected to be $1000 and it will be last dollar contributed to the cost of college after other federal and state financial aid is awarded.

It will be challenging to track student progress and administer other parts of the program such as eligibility for students.

This program is a positive step toward inspiring people to get an education and therefore a better life. That would be good for everyone.  Check out more about it at: http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/oregon-promise.aspx

The RCC graduates in 2017 will be entering jobs in the Rogue Valley in health care, manufacturing, electronics, computer science, and other areas. Collectively, they will earn millions of dollars which they will spend locally.

Click here to apply: http://oregonstudentaid.gov/apply-here.aspx