Here to help: Financial Aid
Navigate the options below to learn more about financial aid, and how we can help you start your adventure at Oregon Coast! You can also follow these links to submit your application and schedule a meeting with one of our friendly and knowledgeable academic advisors, and learn more about the financial aid supports that await you at OCCC.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Review OCCC’s Tuition and Fees here, then peruse the financial aid information and resources below to help determine what programs and alternatives will best fit you and your situation.
Resources for Undocumented and DACA Students
Undocumented and DACA students can be eligible for Oregon Promise, Oregon Opportunity Grant, OSAC scholarships, and OCCC Foundation Scholarships. Students must complete the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA). Visit the resources webpage for more info.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Apply at fafsa.ed.gov
The first step for students to apply for financial aid is the FAFSA. Undocumented students who do not qualify for FAFSA, apply for financial aid with the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) at www.oregonstudentaid.gov To determine if you are eligible for FAFSA, use this filtering tool. It is recommended that DACA students submit both the FAFSA and the ORSAA.
Please use the school code for Portland Community College (PCC): 003213.
Apply for financial aid by following this financial aid checklist. If you are a senior in high school planning to graduate in Spring of 2020, follow the checklist below.
Financial Aid Checklist
The best time to apply is as soon after January 1 as possible for the following academic year. Below are the priority processing deadlines. You can apply for financial aid after these dates, but we cannot guarantee your financial aid will be processed in time for the payment deadline.
Financial Aid Timeline
Term You Plan to Start
Submit 2019-20 FAFSA by
|Summer 2019||Feb. 15, 2019|
|Fall 2019||Apr. 15, 2019|
|Winter 2020||Oct. 15, 2019|
|Spring 2020||Jan. 1, 2020|
Additional online resources for college and financial aid information for high school students, parents, and adult students. All sites also available in Spanish.
Financial Aid Resources
Student Aid on the Web Covers all aspects of college planning and financial aid
FAFSA4caster Estimates financial aid eligibility for high school students/parents
FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid
MyMoney.gov This is the U. S. government’s website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. The site provides important information designed to help make smart financial choices.
The 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA; A Student’s Guide to the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid Tutorial is a great reference that will talk you through the sections of the 2018-2019 FAFSA in clear and easy to understand steps.
This IRS Data Retrieval Tutorial explains in more detail the FAFSA process of transferring your IRS data to your FAFSA. This tutorial is meant to help you UPDATE your FAFSA with your IRS information. If you have not yet filed your FAFSA, you should refer to the 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA tutorial above.
If you can’t find your answer online, please contact our office.
School Code: 003213 | Email | 541-867-8503
Types of Financial Aid Available to Students
Federal Pell Grant—Federal Pell Grants provide funding to students who meet certain eligibility criteria, according to federal guidelines. The amount awarded to students is determined by their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and enrollment. Pell Grants are prorated based on a student’s enrollment level status.
Oregon Opportunity Grant—The Oregon Opportunity Grant is awarded to eligible Oregon residents enrolled at least half-time (6 credits or more). Award are adjusted with based on a student’s enrollment level status.
Oregon Promise Grant—Oregon Promise Grants are available to recent high school graduates. For more information about eligibility and application requirements, visit the Office of Student Access and Completion website at oregonstudentaid.gov.
Students not eligible for grants or scholarships or requiring additional funds to meet educational expenses, may be eligible for student loans. Student loans are available to students and families to borrow money for assistance with funding educational needs.
Federal Direct Loan Program—The Federal Direct Loan is a funding source for students enrolled at least half time (6 credits or more) and is made available to students through the U.S. Department of Education. Direct Loans are either subsidized or unsubsidized. A subsidized loan is awarded on the basis of financial need. If a student qualifies for a subsidized loan the Federal government pays interest on the loan while the student continues to be enrolled at least half-time up to Federal Subsidized Usage Limit Amount. An unsubsidized loan is an additional resource, not awarded on the basis of need. Once disbursed, students receiving an unsubsidized loan are responsible for the accruing interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. Borrowers may choose to pay the interest or allow it to accumulate. If allowed to accrue, the interest will be capitalized—added to the principal amount—and will increase the amount to be repaid.
Nursing Loan—The Nursing loan is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services. It is available on a funds available basis through PCC. If you have questions about the Nursing Loan, contact OCCC’s Financial Aid Specialist.
Students loan amounts are limited annually and cumulatively by Federal regulations. Students are prohibited from borrowing more than their cost of attendance minus any other financial aid and scholarships received.