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    What is the Oregon Promise Grant?

    The Oregon Promise Grant is now more accessible than ever for current and potential students of Mt. Hood Community College! Oregon Promise is a state-funded grant that helps recent high school graduates and GED recipients pay for community college tuition. Students must meet all eligibility criteria and complete an application process. See additional details below.

    Who is Eligible?

    You must meet all of the application and eligibility criteria.


    1.     Submit the Oregon Promise Grant Application by the appropriate deadline.

    2.     Submit the FAFSA or ORSAA and list at least one Oregon community college. You must complete this by your application deadline.


    • Be a recent Oregon high school graduate or GED® test graduate
    • Attend an Oregon community college by your required start term, based on your graduation date.
    • Have a 2.50 cumulative high school GPA or higher, or a 145 grade on all GED® tests.
    • Be an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to college attendance. For dependent students, your parent(s) must also live in Oregon.
    • Must not have more than 90 college credits completed or attempted.
    • Students may be subject to eligibility requirements based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). EFC eligibility requirements are subject to change based on available funding.
      • There is a tentative Expected Family Contribution (EFC) limit of 42,000 for Class of 2021 applicants. Visit Oregon Promise FAQs for all details.

    Application Information

    • Oregon Promise has rolling deadlines based on when the student graduates. The Oregon Promise application is currently open for students who graduate between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Renewal students do not submit another application, but simply submit the 2021-22 FAFSA or ORSAA by June 1, 2021. 
    • Most students must apply for Oregon Promise during their senior year of high school (before you graduate) - or immediately after you complete the GED® test credential. Graduates between Oct. 1 – Nov. 30 may apply for either Winter or Spring Term.
    • Deadline to apply: View the deadlines table below, or use this tool to determine your deadline
    I am graduating from: I am graduating during this time: Deadline to complete both: Oregon Promise App & FAFSA or ORSAA You must start college by this term:
    High School or Home School March 1 - June 30 June 1 Fall
    July 1 - November 30 November 1 Winter
    October 1 - February 29 February 1 Spring
    GED Program March 1 - June 30 July 10 Fall
    July 1 - November 30 December 10 Winter
    October 1 - February 29 March 10 Spring

    Next Steps

    • Students must verify their GPA or GED test score(s) as soon as they are able. This can be done by notifying the high school registrar, uploading a transcript as a PDF in the Oregon Promise application, or mailing a transcript directly to OSAC.
    • Register and maintain at least half-time (i.e. 6 or more credits) continuous enrollment during fall, winter, and spring terms each year.
    • Accept all state and federal grant aid offered through the community college financial aid office.
    • Complete the First-Year Experience (FYE) Requirement within the first three terms of receiving Oregon Promise. At MHCC, students simply need to complete the Online Orientation found on MyMHCC to fulfill the FYE requirement.
    • In renewal years, students must attend college and receive Oregon Promise each fall term, or their award will be revoked.

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