Grants

Grants and scholarships are free money that you apply for to help you with the cost of school. This type of aid doesn’t have to be repaid once you graduate. Grants and scholarships can be based on demonstrated financial need which is usually calculated by the Estimated Family Contribution from the FAFSA (or the ORSAA Application), your academic merit (usually your high school or college transfer GPA) or a combination of both financial need and academic merit. Grants can come from the federal, state or tribal government(s) or the school and can have different applications. Some grants and scholarships can be renewed but most you have to apply and qualify for each school year. Do your research, apply for any grants or scholarships you might be eligible for and be sure to meet the application deadlines!

Here are the general descriptions, applications and eligibility criteria for the major grants (and some automatic scholarships for qualified students) at Portland State University. Not sure if you qualify for one of these grants or scholarships? Submit the application or contact the PSU Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships for assistance.

Federal Grants

The U.S. Department of Education through Federal Student Aid offers a variety of federal grants to qualified students who have financial need or high achieving students studying certain majors.

Federal PELL Grant

Description: A federally funded, need based grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Who can apply for this grant? Qualified undergraduate students pursuing their first degree.
Application: Submit the FAFSA each year to apply for this grant. Eligibility for this program and the annual amount of this grant are determined by the FAFSA and included on the award letter.
Limits: The annual grant amount varies and is set each year by the federal government. Students can receive this grant for up to the equivalent of 6 years of non-consecutive enrollment if they demonstrate financial need and qualify each year. All payments of a federal PELL grant from any school count towards the 6 year maximum limit. Annual limits apply.
Eligibility: Students must qualify for federal student aid through the FAFSA, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and meet all registration and application deadlines.  Reduced enrollment during a specific term will reduce the grant amount during that term.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Description: A federally funded, need based grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Who can apply for this grant? Qualified undergraduate students pursuing their first degree who are eligible for the federal PELL grant and, in addition, demonstrate exceptional financial need.
Application: Submit the FAFSA as soon as it becomes available each year but before February 1st to apply for this grant for the following school year. Federal funding for this grant is limited and does run out at the beginning of each year. Eligibility for this program and the annual amount of this grant are included on the award letter.
Limits: The annual grant amount varies depending on the availability of funds and the overall level of financial need for all aid applicants. Annual limits apply and this grant is not available during summer term.
Eligibility: Students must qualify for the federal PELL grant through the FAFSA, must demonstrate exceptional financial need, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, enroll at least half time each term and meet all registration and application deadlines.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH) | TEACH Grant Eligibility at PSU

Description: A federally funded grant from the U.S. Department of Education for high achieving students admitted to qualifying education programs studying to become teachers. Students must agree to work full time in a high need subject area, in low income schools soon after graduation for a designated number of years or, they will be required to repay this grant as a federal student loan.
Who can apply for this grant? Qualified undergraduate students pursuing a first bachelor’s degree or qualified graduate students pursuing a master’s degree. Both undergraduate and graduate students must be admitted to a qualified education program.
Application: Submit the FAFSA, TEACH grant counseling and TEACH grant agreement to serve each year to apply for this grant. Eligibility for this program and the annual amount of this grant are included on the award letter.
Limits: The annual grant amount is up to $4,000 however, the current, annual award is slightly reduced due to federal sequestration.
Undergraduate students can receive up to $16,000 total. All payments of a federal TEACH grant from any school count towards the maximum amount. Annual limits apply.
Graduate students can receive up to $8,000 total. All payments of a federal TEACH grant from any school count towards the maximum amount. Annual limits apply.
Eligibility: Students must qualify for federal student aid through the FAFSA, must be admitted to a qualifying academic program, have a GPA of 3.25 or greater, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and meet all registration and application deadlines.  Reduced enrollment during a term will reduce the grant amount.

Chafee Education and Training Grant for Former Foster Youth

State Grants

The state of Oregon through the Office of Student Access and Completion offers a state grant to low income students who are residents of Oregon.

Oregon Opportunity Grant

Description: The state of Oregon offers grant assistance to students who are residents of Oregon. For more information about availability of and eligibility for grant assistance please visit the Office of Student Access and Completion or by contacting the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships. For students from states other than Oregon, please contact your home state's appropriate office to determine if they award state grants for students attending college outside of their home state.
Who can apply for this grant? Oregon residents who are undergraduate students pursuing their first degree at an eligible Oregon school. Out of state students who are members of Native American tribes with traditional ties to Oregon or, undocumented students who attended elementary school or secondary school in Oregon for at least 3 years and graduated from an Oregon high school may also be considered Oregon residents. See also Tuition Equity at PSU.
Application: Submit the FAFSA (or ORSAA) as soon as it becomes available each year to apply for this grant. State funding for this grant is limited and does run out early each year. Eligibility for this program and the annual amount of this grant are included on the award letter.

Limits: The annual grant amount varies and is based on your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA (or the ORSAA) and the availability of state funding. Students can receive this grant for up to the equivalent of 4 years of full time, non-consecutive enrollment if they demonstrate need and qualify each year. All payments of an Oregon Opportunity grant from any school count towards the 4 year maximum limit. Annual limits apply and this grant is not available during summer term.

Eligibility: Students must qualify for federal student aid through the FAFSA or ORSAA, must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, enroll at least half time each term and meet all registration and application deadlines.  Reduced enrollment during any term will reduce the grant amount for that specific term. If the reduced enrollment is during fall term, the grant may be reduced for each term of the remaining school year.

Oregon Student Child Care Grant

Deceased or Disabled Public Safety Office Grants

School Grants and Scholarships

Portland State University offers a variety of grants and scholarships to PSU resident and nonresident students who meet certain financial need and/or merit criteria. These funds are different than the outside donor and academic department scholarships through the PSU General Scholarship application. These school funded grants and scholarships are awarded to qualifying students who apply for fall term and submit the admissions and financial aid applications on time.

Out of State Opportunity Scholarship

Description: A school funded, merit based scholarship for undergraduate, nonresident students.
Who can apply for this scholarship? Undergraduate, nonresident, incoming freshman or transfer students pursuing their first degree.
Application: Your admission application is also your application for this renewable scholarship. Eligibility for this program and the annual amount of this award are included on the award letter.
Limits: The annual scholarship amount ranges from $4,000 - $7,000. The level of the award varies depending on your final high school GPA or your incoming transfer GPA. This scholarship may be renewed for up to 4 consecutive, academic years from your original fall term admission (total length of renewal years depends on your incoming class level). Annual limits apply and this scholarship is not available during summer term.
Eligibility: Students must be admitted for fall term of the following school year, have an incoming high school or transfer GPA of 2.5 or greater, enroll full time each term, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and meet all registration and application deadlines.

Resident Opportunity Scholarship

Description: A school funded, need and merit based scholarship for undergraduate, resident, incoming freshman.
Who can apply for this scholarship? Oregon resident, undergraduate, incoming freshman pursuing their first degree.
Application: Your admission and financial aid applications are your application for this renewable scholarship.
Admission: Apply for admission and be admitted for fall term of the following school year.
Financial Aid: Submit the FAFSA for fall term of the following school year. Eligibility for this program and the annual amount of this award are included on the award letter.
Limits: The annual scholarship amount ranges from $300 - $5,616. The level of the award varies depending on your final high school GPA, your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA, other types of aid you are expected to receive and your annual Cost of Attendance. This scholarship may be renewed for up to 4 consecutive, academic years from your original fall term admission. Annual limits apply and this scholarship is not available during summer term.
Eligibility: Students must qualify for federal student aid through the FAFSA, incoming students must meet the admission and financial aid deadlines for fall term of the following school year, have an incoming, final high school GPA of 2.5 or greater and demonstrate unmet financial need to be considered for this scholarship. Both incoming and returning students must enroll full time each term, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and meet all registration and application deadlines. Each year, students must resubmit the FAFSA before February 1st and have unmet financial need to have their scholarship renewed for the following school year.

Four Years Free Program

Transfers Finish Free Program

PSU Access Grant

Description: A school funded, need and merit based grant for undergraduate, resident, transfer students.
Who can apply for this grant? Continuting students only. Oregon resident, undergraduate, transfer students pursuing their first degree.
Application: Your admission and financial aid applications are your application for this renewable scholarship.
Financial Aid: Submit the FAFSA for fall term of the following school year. Eligibility for this program and the annual amount of this grant are included on the award letter.
Limits: The annual grant amount is $3,000. This grant may be renewed for up to 4 consecutive, academic years from the first term of your original fall term admission. Annual limits apply and this grant is not available during summer term.
Eligibility: Students must qualify for federal student aid through the FAFSA, students must meet the admission and financial aid renewal deadlines for fall term of the following school year, be eligible for the federal PELL grant, and have an incoming transfer GPA of 2.5 or greater. Students must enroll full time each term, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and meet all registration and application deadlines. Each year, students must resubmit the FAFSA before February 1st and demonstrate financial need to have their grant renewed for the following school year.

International Achievement Scholarship