Money for College

Thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid are available for students. Explore many options to pay for college, from foundation scholarships, federal work-study, student jobs, and state or federal assistance.



Many scholarships are available at UCC. This includes Foundation Scholarships that have become available by donors that have entrusted funds to the UCC Foundation in order to invest in the College and its students.

If you have not applied to UCC, apply now. Only admitted students are eligible for UCC Foundation Scholarships. Current UCC students are eligible too. Of course, current students should be planning to attend UCC for the next few terms. If you are new to UCC, please take into account that admitting to UCC takes some time – about 2-5 business days. Also, be sure you have filed the FAFSA. Make sure to declare UCC as your college of choice. The school code for UCC is 003222.

The UCC Foundation manages hundreds of thousands of dollars for student scholarships. Contrary to popular belief, scholarships are not just based on grades. There are other criteria. ONE application can match you with dozens of available scholarships. Want to find out more?

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Fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can after October 1 each year. FAFSA is step #1.

Important: Use school code 003222.

Are you planning to attend college? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is STEP #1. Do you want a grant, federal work study opportunity, scholarship, or federal loan? They are almost all based on the FAFSA. It’s an IMPORTANT application. Ready? Explore.

Don’t forget. When you fill out the FAFSA, remember to declare UCC as your college. Use school code 003222. Would you like to work and study at UCC? If you are here for classes, why not earn expense money here too, right? Be sure to mark that you are interested in “Federal Work Study”. This does not guarantee employment but it makes you more eligible.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to apply before the UCC Financial Aid Priority Deadlines.


Federal Work Study

Check into this when filling out the FAFSA.

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a federal financial aid program that provides students the opportunity to work a part-time job on or off campus and earn a paycheck to decrease student loan debt. In order to be eligible, students MUST apply for financial aid, demonstrate financial need, and be enrolled at least half time. It’s also important to know that you must fill out the FAFSA and answer “Yes” to the question that asks if you are interested in Federal Work Study. Explore and let UCC know you are interested in Federal Work Study.

IMPORTANT: UCC also helps students find local and on-campus jobs that can provide income to help lower your college debt or pay for living expenses. Interested? Visit student job placement and student employment at UCC.


Oregon Promise Grant

Available to apply for high school graduates or GED® test graduates.

Oregon Promise is a state grant that helps to cover most tuition costs at any Oregon community college for recent high school graduates and GED® recipients. Find out more.

What if you are not planning to attend a community college? Please fill it out anyway as a fall back plan. You never know what might change. Once the application period closes, it will no longer be available to you.

Be sure to apply by YOUR deadline. Be sure that you know your official graduation date. It’s the key to knowing your deadline. e.g. Graduating early makes your deadline earlier.


OSAC Scholarships

Open November 1 – March 1 each year.

Gain access to over 500 Oregon state scholarships with just ONE application. The opportunity to get FREE money is worth your time and effort. It is possible to leave college without debt. Many have done it. You can too.

Check Scholarship Application timeline & deadlines.


Additional Scholarships


Additional scholarships are setup by many organization throughout Douglas County, Oregon and beyond. They seek to invest in students. Here are some well-known local, regional, and national scholarships.

Organizations that offer scholarships set up their own application times and award criteria. This is a short list of some of those scholarships. Additional scholarships are more ways to be awarded money for college.


TRIO Student Support Services

Transfer Opportunity Program & Student Support Services (TRIO), provides grant aid, scholarship, and financial aid assistance for first-generation college students.


Explore financial benefits available for veterans. Contact Veterans Services at UCC: [email protected] or visit VA education website.

Tuition Waivers for Student Activities

You can also earn a tuition waiver if you get involved in certain student activities, like Associated Students of UCC, the Student NewspaperUCC music groups, or Peer Mentors.

Community Resource: DreamSavers

Details on opening an Individual Development Account savings program from NeighborWorks Umpqua.


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