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Future Freshman and Transfer Students for Fall Term Start

Portland State University awards millions of dollars of scholarship aid to incoming freshmen and undergraduate transfer students each year. Much of this aid is renewable for up to four years if students enroll full-time at PSU and successfully complete a minimum of 36 credit hours per school year.
The scholarships listed here are awarded based on admission to PSU (if merit-only) and submission of the FAFSA (need-based).  These are awarded with preference to students who submitted their admission application by December 1 of the year prior to beginning at PSU.  All funds are limited.

 

Oregon Residents:
  • Presidential Scholarship - This is a tuition waiver award.  It is awarded to incoming freshmen based on high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores.  Funds are very limited.  Award amount is PSU regular rate tuition for 12 cr per term, fall, winter, spring.  It is renewable for up to four years.  Full-time enrollment at PSU is required.
  • PSU Access Grant - This is a tuition waiver award.  It is awarded to incoming transfer students based both on transfer GPA and FAFSA EFC.  Award amount is $3000/year.  Award is renewable.  Full-time enrollment is required.
  • Resident Opportunity Scholarship - This is a tuition waiver award.  It is awarded based on both academic merit and financial need to incoming freshmen.  Both high school GPA and FAFSA EFC are considered in calculating the amount of the award.  Award amounts vary.  Award is renewable for up to four years.  Full-time enrollment is required.
  • Undergraduate Laurels Scholarship - This is a tuition waiver award.  It is awarded to incoming freshmen based on high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores.  Award amount is $5000/year, renewable for up to four years.  Full-time enrollment at PSU is required.  Funds are very limited. 
Non-Oregon Residents:
  • Out of State Opportunity Scholarship (Incoming Freshmen) - This is a merit-based tuition waiver award.  Amounts vary based on high school GPA.  Full-time enrollment at PSU is required.  It is renewable for up to four years.
  • Out of State Opportunity Scholarship (Incoming Transfer) - This is a merit-based tuition waiver award.  The amount is $4500/year.  Full-time enrollment at PSU is required.  It is renewable, with the number of years of renewal based on the student's level in school when they transfer to PSU.
  • Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) - This is a tuition waiver award which reduces a non-resident student's billed tuition to 150% of the Oregon resident rate.  There are a limited number of WUE positions available each year to students coming from WUE states.  Full-time enrollment is required.  It is renewable for up to four years.

PSU Undergraduate Scholarship Application:

Incoming freshmen and transfer students should also apply for general university scholarships on PSU’s Online Scholarship Application. Two scholarships, the Robert Daniel Walleri Scholarship and the Oregon Community Foundation Schwenn Transfer Student Scholarship, are specifically for incoming transfer students. Students are NOT automatically considered for the General University scholarships and must complete the Online Undergraduate Scholarship Application if they want to be considered for these awards. Please complete the online scholarship application by February 1.
Many additional scholarships, including academic departmental scholarships, can be found by searching the Scholarship Database.