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The Legislature passed House Bill 4035 in 2018 authorizing the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) to administer $2.5 million in grants to Oregon National Guard service members attending Oregon community colleges or public universities. The Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds are used. The grant is a “last dollar” program, meaning it is calculated after other state and federal grants for which eligible students qualify.
To apply, prospective students must:
Eligible service members must at a minimum:
For a full list of eligibility requirements, to apply for ONG-STA, and for more information, please visit the HECC Office of Student Access and Completion website:
This program is coordinated by Financial Aid and Scholarships. Voyager is a tuition benefit that is available to honor and support Oregon residents who served the nation as members of the National Guard or Reserves in an active duty capacity in a combat zone since September 11, 2001. Voyager is a "last dollar award". Qualifying students will be awarded a fee remission for no more than the difference between campus tuition and mandatory fees and expected military tuition benefits. The student is responsible for obtaining federal military tuition benefits. If a student is not eligible for federal tuition benefits, they must demonstrate proof of ineligibility. The combination of military tuition benefits and Voyager tuition benefits will ensure that eligible recipients do not pay tuition. The Voyager Tuition Assistance Program does not cover E-Campus or Distance courses.
This benefit provides a full tuition waiver (not fees) for a bachelor's or master's degree for a child or spouse of a member of the United States Armed Forces who either died in active duty, became 100% disabled in connection with military service, or died as a result of a disability sustained in active duty. Or the student must be a child (including adopted child or stepchild) of a Purple Heart recipient, alive or deceased, who was relieved or discharged from service in the Armed Forces of the United States with either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions and was awarded the Purple Heart in 2001 or thereafter for wounds received in combat. This program does not apply to nonresidents students or study abroad programs.
Complete the Veterans' Dependent Tuition Waiver application form and submit it to the OSU Veteran Certifying Officials no later than 14 days before the applying term. Upon verification that all criteria have been met, the approved application will be forwarded to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for processing. Student's only need to apply once for this program.
A public university listed in ORS 352.002 or community college shall charge an enrolled student who is not a resident of this state, and who is attending classes as an undergraduate or graduate, tuition and fees no greater than the resident rate if the student:
In addition, HB2158 made the following changes to ORS 352.375-Tuition for nonresident students who served in Armed Forces:
To apply for this benefit complete the Exemption from Nonresident Tuition Veteran Form and all supporting documents in person to the VA Certifying Officials.