Financial Aid Sources

Financial Aid Handbook

Federal Financial Aid Sources

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are offered to qualified undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor or professional degree. Grants do not need to be repaid. Aid eligibility is calculated based on a student’s EFC. Aid offers will be adjusted, based on actual enrollment, at the time of disbursement. Effective July 1, 2012, students are now limited to 18 full-time terms (or 600%) of Federal Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Federal Pell Grant.

Student’s that have received Pell Grant funding in the past can obtain information regarding how much of Federal Lifetime Eligibility they have used. Student’s need to subtract the percentage used from 600% to determine remaining eligibility. To obtain information on eligibility used log on to the Federal Student Aid site

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

This grant is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need.  At UCC, this grant is awarded to students with a 0 EFC until funds are exhausted. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6cr) in an eligible program. FSEOG can be offered Summer through Spring terms.

Federal Work-Study (FWS)

FWS is designed to provide jobs for students with financial need to assist with paying for educational expenses.  FWS is offered subject to funding availability to students who indicate an interest on their FAFSA, apply early, and who demonstrate need. FWS funds must be earned through part-time employment authorized by the Financial Aid Office.  Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6cr) in an eligible program. FWS can be offered Summer through Spring terms.

State Financial Aid Sources

Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG)

The Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) is a state-funded need-based grant program for students planning to go to college. Opportunity Grants are funded primarily by Oregon taxpayers.   An eligible student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) must be between 0 and 8,000 to be considered for the Oregon Opportunity Grant. Student’s may receive the Oregon Opportunity Grant for up to four years (12 quarters or 8 semesters) of full-time enrollment, providing they maintain satisfactory academic progress and file a new FAFSA each year. Aid offers are prorated at full-time or half-time enrollment.

An adjustable award amount based on the FAFSA’s EFC will be available for full-time, full-year attendance at any eligible Oregon-based postsecondary institution. Oregon Opportunity Grant funds are awarded first to students with the greatest financial need. OSAC uses the federally calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to determine financial need and awards grants based on students’ EFCs, starting with EFC’s of $0. OSAC will increase the EFC limit and continue to make awards until funds are exhausted. Because available funds may vary year to year, OSAC cannot forecast what the maximum EFC limit will be or when funds will be exhausted.

Oregon Promise Grant

Oregon Promise Grants are available to recent high school and GED graduates attending a community college. For more information about eligibility and application requirements, visit the Office of Student Access and Completion website here. To view the Oregon Promise Handout click here

How to Renew Your Oregon Promise – A way to stay on track
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, as determined by the Community College you are attending.
  • Maintain at least half-time continuous enrollment (6 credits or more) during Fall, Winter and Spring terms at an Oregon Community College.
  • Be an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to attending college. Parent(s) must also live in Oregon for a dependent student.
  • Attempt or complete no more than 90 college credits.
  • Attend a Community College and receive Oregon Promise Funds during Fall term each renewal year to retain the aid offer.
  • Complete any other requirements or requests from the Community College you are attending.
  • Submit the FAFSA or ORSAA each year of college no later than June 1.


UCC & Other Additional Scholarships

Scholarships are monetary gifts presented to students who meet conditions defined by the person or group giving the money. Many organizations, agencies, and businesses offer scholarships. There are many online sources of information about available scholarships, including scholarship opportunities through UCC.

Scholarships offer a good way to help pay for your education. Thousands of scholarships are available each year, and every one of them has its own unique requirements. You must search for scholarships that match your own skills, interests, heritage, and field of study. Also, be sure to keep track of your academic achievements, work experience, and extracurricular activities. Many scholarships are based on your involvement in certain activities and/or your association with particular groups.

Check with UCC’s Scholarship Office for more information. If you know of scholarships that you have received or will be receiving, please complete and return an Additional Community Scholarship Notification Form to the Scholarship Office.

Federal Direct Loans