Need help applying for college?  Not sure how to fill out the FAFSA?  Not sure which college is right for you?  We are here to answer your questions about college and help ensure a successful transition from high school into higher education.

We at Oregon Coast Community College are proud to present the Navigate Program.  Designed to assist Lincoln County students succeed and thrive in high school and go on to higher education, the Navigate Program is ready to provide necessary academic assistance, financial aid and scholarship outreach, and promote college-going options.  Start exploring our resources below.

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If you have any questions, please contact:

Ben Kaufmann, Navigate Program Manager

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High School


Want to earn college credit while you are still in High School?  Here at Oregon Coast Community College, we offer several programs designed to do just that!  Check out the resources below to learn more about earning college credit while you are still in high school.


Dual Credit is a program in which Lincoln County students can earn college credit at Oregon Coast Community College while still in high school.

  • Complete the First Time College Student Admissions Profile
  • Schedule a placement test
  • See your high school counselor or your high school’s dual credit facility

Read the Dual Credit Student Handbook

Earn College Credit While In High School

Oregon Coast Community College provides the opportunity for high school students to earn college credit while still in high school. Students, who complete courses taught at their high school by qualified instructors providing the same rigor and content as an on-campus college class, can earn OCCC credit.

The high school instructor must have the same qualifications that an on-campus faculty member does. The course must provide the same content, course materials and outcomes as an OCCC course. When these requirements are met, the course is considered “articulated” with an OCCC course, and students can earn college credit.

Students can earn Dual Credit in:

  • University Transfer courses that count toward a Bachelor’s degree in subject areas such as Literature, History, Math, and Music.
  • Career & Technical Education courses which lead to an Associate degree or certificate in programs such as: Automotive Service Technology, Computer Applications Systems, Early Education & Family Studies, Welding, Building Construction Technology and many more!

OCCC Dual Credit courses are the result of an alignment between high school and college courses requiring college-level work, not all high school courses are eligible. Check with your high school counselor to find out which courses at your high school are a part of the OCCC Dual Credit program, and get a head start on your own college and career preparation!

To learn more about the Dual Enrollment Program, click here, and click on the second tab, labeled, “Dual Credit.”


The faculty, staff, and administration at Oregon Coast Community College want to ensure that all college-ready Lincoln County high school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to begin their post-secondary education and become successful college students. OCCC’s Early College Program is committed to serving all students in the community, including students of color, first-generation and low-income individuals.

The benefits of OCCC’s Early College Program include:

  •  Earn high school and college credits concurrently (high school credit is granted at the discretion of the high school you attend)
  • Get a head start on academic and career goals
  • Experience the academic rigor of college classes
  • Save time and money

To learn more about OCCC’s Early College program, click here and click the first tab, labeled “Early College.”


The State of Oregon offers many Career Technical Education opportunities.  Here in Lincoln County, we offer CTE classes and courses in most high schools.

CTE (Career Technical Education) is learning that works for Oregon. CTE is helping our nation meet the very real and immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement, and global competitiveness. CTE is developing our most valuable resource – our people; helping them gain the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation, and real-world experience, they need to prepare for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers- and keep America working – in every sense of the word. CTE is organized by a national framework called Career Clusters ™, which presents a complete range of related career options to students of all ages, helps them discover their interests and passions, and empowers them to choose the education pathway that can lead to success in high school, college, and their chosen career. CTE is leading change, transforming expectations and making the difference for students, for high schools and colleges, for business and industry, for Oregon and for America.

Visit our CTE information page for more details!

Financial Aid


Not sure how to pay for college?  Well, don’t worry because you came to the right place.  In this section you will find information and resources about deadlines, open scholarships, FAFSA tips, and other financial aid/scholarship information!

Below are a list of available options for student financial aid.  Follow each link below to find more information about possible scholarships, loans, grants, etc.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 each year. US citizens and eligible non-citizens must use the FAFSA to apply for federal student aid programs.  Most colleges and scholarships require that you complete the FAFSA, so be sure to complete and submit the application.

Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC)

  • Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA)
    • Complete the ORSAA as soon as possible after October 1 each year, only if you are a DACA student or an undocumented student. The ORSAA gives eligible undocumented students the ability to apply for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Oregon Promise Grant, and certain OSAC scholarships. The ORSAA is used exclusively by the state of Oregon, not the Federal government. The ORSAA is NOT a tool that is used to identify or deport undocumented individuals.
  • Oregon Opportunity Grant
    • Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) is Oregon’s largest state-funded, need-based grant program for college students. Nearly 40,000 students receive Opportunity Grants each year.  You can submit the FAFSA (or ORSAA) after October 1 each year, to be eligible for funding for the following academic year. There is no firm application deadline for OOG – however, it is best to apply as soon as possible after October 1 to have the best chance to receive funding.
  • Oregon Promise Scholarship
    • Attention graduating seniors and recent GED recipients!  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. This scholarship can cover be applied for up to two years at an Oregon Community College.  Oregon Promise award amounts for 2017-18 will be available by August 2017 in the OSAC Student Portal.  Complete the application at
  • OSAC General Scholarship Application
    • OSAC awards more than $18 million in scholarships annually. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000 or more. You don’t need to be a merit scholar or a student with financial need to apply. OSAC administers more than 500 scholarship programs, and you may qualify, but you won’t know unless you apply! Start your OSAC Scholarship Application, final deadline is March 1 of each year. If it falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be extended to 5:00 p.m. (PST) of the following business day.

Oregon Coast Community College Scholarships – click here

  • Oregon Coast Scholars
    • Oregon Coast Scholars is a two-year tuition free scholarship for graduating student of Lincoln County, home-schooled students, and military veterans.  Be sure to check the eligibility requirements to see if you qualify.  Lincoln County School District students will be notified in spring if there are eligible to apply.  Oregon Coast Scholars has a strict deadline in May prior to each academic year.
  • Serve, Earn, and Learn (SEAL) Scholarship
    • OCCC offers students an opportunity to work at the college to earn a scholarship, our version of work-study.  The Serve, Earn and Learn (SEAL) Scholarship Program offers OCCC students financial assistance in exchange for service to OCCC.  The scholarships will provide on-campus educational service assignments for selected students.  Visit our website to learn more information.
  • OCCC General Foundation Scholarship
    • The OCCC Foundation awarded nearly $115,000 in scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year, providing assistance for tuition, fees, and books for sixty-four deserving students.  Seventy-nine percent of applicants received a scholarship, with awards ranging from $500 to $4,500.  These scholarships are made possible by generous contributions from individuals and organizations within our community.  Scholarship opens in Spring before the start of each academic year.

Lincoln County Scholarship Foundation – click here

The Lincoln County Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established to serve as an agency to receive and administer funds and other property contributed for any civic, educational, charitable or religious purpose, and particularly to assist, encourage and promote the welfare and well-being of the youth of Lincoln County, Oregon.  Ask your counselor or teacher if you qualify for any scholarship and how to apply!



Attention: parents, current high school students, high school graduates, and college students! Here you will find resources

of all kinds!  Click on the quick-links below to find the information that you are looking for.

Resources for Middle School Students

Resources for High School Students

Resources for Parents and Families

Resources for PK-12 Educators

Resources for Undocumented / DACA Students

Other Resources

Oregon CTE Information (College and High School)

Find the Right College Tool

Career Exploration Tool

How to Choose the Right Major

Financial Aid and College Vocabulary

Oregon Career Information Systems (CIS)

  • Login: Oregoncoast
  • Password: cissharks

Tips for Students in Unique Situations – Completing the FAFSA

Oregon Coast Community College