Grants

Grants are funds you receive based on your academic record, FAFSA or ORSAA, and state residency. You do not have to repay these funds. Grant eligibility and/or amounts can change each year based on your Expected Family Contribution or enrollment (full-time or part-time) according to your FAFSA or ORSAA. 

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)  is calculated using the information you submit in your FAFSA. EFC determines how much federal student aid you are eligible for and is reported to you on your Student Aid Report (SAR).

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, some require you have to apply and qualify for each academic year.

Federal Grants

The U.S. Department of Education offers a variety of federal grants to qualified students who have financial need or high achieving students studying certain majors. Submit the FAFSA each year to apply for these grants. Eligibility for these program and the annual amount of this grant are determined by the FAFSA and included in your award letter.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded, need-based grant from the U.S. Department of Education of up to $6,345 is for qualified undergraduate students pursuing their first degree. The amount of aid you can receive depends on your financial need, the cost of attendance at your school, and more.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a federally funded, need-based grant from the U.S. Department of Education of up to $4000 for qualified undergraduate students pursuing their first degree. Funding for this grant is limited and does run out each year.

Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant 

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH) is 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 agree to work full-time in a high-need subject area, in low-income schools soon after graduation for a designated number of years.


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

The State of Oregon offers up to $3,300 in grant assistance to Oregon residents who are undergraduate students pursuing their first degree; out-of-state students who are members of Native American tribes with traditional ties to Oregon; and qualified undocumented students.

Oregon Student Child Care Grant

The Oregon Student Child Care Grant Program was established to assist parents enrolled in postsecondary education obtain safe, dependable care that supports their children's development while allowing completion of the parent's academic programs.

Oregon Chafee Education and Training Grant for Former Foster Youth

The Oregon Department of Human Services Independent Living Program provides Chafee Education grants of $2,500 to help current or former foster care youth with postsecondary education and training.


Institutional Grants

Portland State University offer a number of grants to PSU resident and nonresident students who meet certain financial need and/or merit criteria. These school funded grants are awarded to qualifying students who apply for fall term and submit the FAFSA or ORSAA on time. 

PSU Access Grant

The PSU Access Grant is a PSU-funded, need- and merit-based grant for undergraduate resident transfer students. This grant is no longer available to incoming students. Incoming students will alternatively be automatically considered for Transfers Finish Free. The PSU Access Grant annual amount is $3,000. This grant may be renewed for up to four consecutive, academic years from the first term of your original fall term admission. Annual limits apply. This grant is not available during summer term. Continuing students who have received the PSU Access Grant, must submit the FAFSA for fall term of the following academic year by February 1, demonstrate financial need, enroll full time each term, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and meet all registration and application deadlines.