Financial Aid Programs
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are awarded to qualified undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor or professional degree. Grants do not need to be repaid. Award eligibility is calculated based on a student’s EFC. Awards will be adjusted, based on actual enrollment, at the time of disbursement. Effective July 1, 2012, students are now limited to 18 full-time terms (or 600%) of Federal Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Federal Pell Grant.
Student’s that have received Pell Grant funding in the past can obtain information regarding how much of Federal Lifetime Eligibility they have used. Student’s need to subtract the percentage used from 600% to determine remaining eligibility. To obtain information on eligibility used log on to the National Student Loan Data System.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
This grant is for undergraduates with exceptional ﬁnancial need. At UCC, this grant is awarded to students with a 0 EFC until funds are exhausted. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6cr) in an eligible program. FSEOG can be awarded Summer through Spring terms.
Federal Work-Study (FWS)
FWS is designed to provide jobs for students with financial need to assist with paying for educational expenses. FWS is awarded subject to funding availability to students who indicate an interest on their FAFSA, apply early, and who demonstrate need. FWS funds must be earned through part-time employment authorized by the Financial Aid Ofﬁce. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6cr) in an eligible program. FWS can be awarded Summer through Spring terms.
State Financial Aid Program
Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG)
The Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) is Oregon's largest state-funded need-based grant program for students planning to go to college. Opportunity Grants are funded primarily by Oregon taxpayers. Over 39,758 students received OOG awards totaling more than $68.13 million in the 2017-18 academic year, and a similar number of students are projected to receive awards of up to $2,700 in 2019-20.
A fixed award amount of $2,700 will be available for full-time, full-year attendance at any eligible Oregon-based postsecondary institution.Opportunity Grant funds are awarded first to students with the greatest financial need. OSAC uses the federally calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to determine financial need and awards grants based on students' EFCs, starting with EFCs of $0. OSAC will increase the EFC limit and continue to make awards until funds are exhausted. Because available funds may vary year to year, OSAC cannot forecast what the maximum EFC limit will be or when funds will be exhausted.
Students may receive an Opportunity Grant for up to four years (12 quarters or 8 semesters) of full-time enrollment, providing they maintain satisfactory academic progress and file a new FAFSA each year. Awards are prorated for half-time enrollment.
UCC & Outside/Community Scholarships
Scholarships are monetary gifts presented to students who meet conditions defined by the person or group giving the money. Many organizations, agencies, and businesses offer scholarships. There are many online sources of information about available scholarships, including UCC Foundation opportunities.
Scholarships offer a good way to help pay for your education. Thousands of scholarships are available each year, and every one of them has its own unique requirements. You must search for scholarships that match your own skills, interests, heritage, and field of study. Also, be sure to keep track of your academic achievements, work experience, and extracurricular activities. Many scholarships are based on your involvement in certain activities and/or your association with particular groups.
Check with UCC’s Scholarship Foundation Office for more information or visit their website. If you know of scholarships that you have received or will be receiving, please complete a Scholarship Notification Form.