COLLEGE INFO

PREPARE FOR COLLEGE

CHOOSE A COLLEGE

MyFuture – helps young adults plan their next steps in life by bringing together the most recently available information about colleges, careers and military service opportunities from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education and Labor.

College Score CardThis site provides a college search engine as well as information about apprenticeship programs and career training. 

CollegeBoard – you can search for colleges based on location, majors, type, and/or college life

Campus Tours – The majority of colleges in Oregon are offering small, private tours to interested families. I strongly recommend trying to get to a few. Nothing really helps a student select a college like standing on its campus. Make sure to check the school’s website and schedule your tour before you embark on a road trip.  If you can’t get to the school you want, try to visit one that is comparable in size, location, layout, etc. Many schools also offer virtual tours; check out their websites for more information. Click here for Campus Visit Tips

Which school is right for you?  As you begin to evaluate your choices make sure to look at the college’s campus size, location, student body size, weather, areas of study (majors/minors), etc. These are really important factors for choosing the school that is right for you! Then look at the minimum requirements. Some schools won’t put those on their site. If that’s the case, look for the Freshman Class Data for this year. It should give you an average GPA, test score number, etc. to help gauge where you stand

APPLY FOR COLLEGE

MyFuture – helps young adults plan their next steps in life by bringing together the most recently available information about colleges.

CollegeBoard –  a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success

Common App – is accepted by more than 900 schools helps streamline the admissions process

Get schooled– provides a variety of college application services as well as coaching

Oregon Goes to College – a centralized hub that is user-friendly, comprehensive, and specific to Oregon

College Essay Guy– offers free resources to help students with their college essay

FINANCIAL AID

Official FAFSA site   (FAFSA Guide)
1. Get FSA ID (need SS#)
2. Fill out application based on previous year’s income taxes
3. Submit on Jan. 1 to get a place in line
4. Do current year’s taxes
5. Modify application and resubmit

FAFSA AWARD LETTER
1. Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
2. Federal Pell Grant – not repaid, need-based
3. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) – not repaid, need-based
4. Federal Perkins Loan – loan from school, need-based, interest subsidized, 9 months grace, 5.5% interest
5. Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan – loan from gov’t, need-based, interest subsidized, 6 months grace, 4.29%
6. Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan – loan from gov’t, NOT need-based, interest NOT subsidized, no grace, 4.29%
7. Federal Work Study – need-based, students do an on-campus job
8. Estimated OR Promise
9. PLUS Loan – loan from gov’t to parents, NOT need-based, credit check required, fixed 4.272%, 10 years

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) – What you are expected to pay, out of pocket, towards college
1. College Savings Account
2. Personal Bank Account(s)
3. Loans – students or parents can take out private loans from a bank, variable rates & terms.

OREGON SCHOLARSHIPS

Elk’s Most Valuable Scholarship – Applications are available online only.

Oregon Community Leadership Scholarship from the Harrington Foundation – Each scholarship is worth $4,000 per year for a total commitment of $16,000 per student

Associated Oregon Loggers Scholarship – AOL offers scholarships for high school seniors seeking a degree from a four year college of forestry accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

OSAC Scholarship – this includes a link to the Oregon Promise (for those who will attend community college.

Crater Foundation Scholarship InformationThe Crater Foundation awards a scholarship to every graduating senior from Crater High School who applies for one, and provides financial aid to students and families in need.

 Rogue Credit Union Scholarships: Each scholarship is a one-time gift of $1,500 and is awarded based on academics, school and community involvement. 

Specific School Scholarships – examples:  RCCSOUU of O

Oregon Goes to College – a centralized hub that is user-friendly, comprehensive, and specific to Oregon

Oregon Promise– requirements: 2.0 GPA, Diploma or GED, Oregon Community College, $50 Copay per term, 2 Years, Application, Transcript, FAFSA.  For more information click here.

NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP SITES

Cappex.com:  Pros: Covers a range of topics from applying to financial aid,  Provides college statistic, s Lists student reviews regarding colleges Con: Requires extensive profile information to perform matches.

CollegeBoard.com: The College Board was founded in 1900 and currently helps 7 million students annually prepare for higher education. The College Board began publishing their book of scholarships in 1997 and since then has made the information available online. Their scholarship database contains more than 2,300 scholarship opportunities, totaling nearly $3 billion.

Collegeniche.com: Easy to use User-friendly Very informative – Con: Can’t filter scholarships Somewhat promotional for partners or third parties

CollegeNet.com: CollegeNET is a technology company that builds web-based tools for event and academic scheduling, prospect and admissions management, tuition processing, and alumni development for colleges and universities. CollegeNET also operates a scholarship search engine and social network where students create topics, participate in discussions, and vote on scholarship winners

Fastweb: Fastweb, which has helped 50 million students find money since the site was founded 15 years ago, was the first online scholarship matching service and the first free national scholarship matching service. Fastweb’s site indicates they currently have roughly 1.5 million scholarships worth $3.4 billion in their database.

Scholarships.com: Founded in 1999, Scholarships.com now claims to be the largest free and independent scholarship search and financial aid information resource on the Internet, with more than 2.7 million scholarships worth a total of $19 billion in their database.

ScholarshipMonkey.com: ScholarshipMonkey.com claims their database provides students access to more than 1 million undergraduate, graduate, and professional scholarship awards worth in excess of $3 billion from greater than 4,000 sources. Like the other search engines in this article, they are committed to providing their service free of charge.

usa.gov — college.gov is being built by the U.S. Department of Education in collaboration with students. This site is intended to be the go-to source for information and resources about planning, preparing and paying for post-secondary education.

COLLEGE ATHLETES

In order to participate in collegiate athletics you must meet mandatory requirements. See the links below for more information. Contact your school if you want a transcript review completed to see if you are academically eligible for college athletics.

Division One Schools In Oregon: U of O, OSU, University of Portland, Portland State University

Division Two Schools in Oregon: Western Oregon University

Division Three Schools in Oregon: Lewis and Clark  University, Linfield University, Pacific  University, Willamette University, George Fox  University

NAIA Schools in Oregon: Bushnell  University, Corban University, Easter Oregon  University, Multnomah  University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Southern Oregon University, Warner Pacific College