Financial Aid for Undocumented Oregonians
Last updated March 30, 2021
Get the financial help you need to pay for college by filing the ORSAA!
What is the ORSAA?
The ORSAA, or the Oregon Student Aid Applicataion, is an alternative to the FAFSA for Oregon residents that are undocumented, have DACA, and/or Temporary Protective Status. It’s similar to FAFSA, helping students receive financial aid through grants, scholarships, and tuition reduction.
Should I complete the FAFSA or ORSAA?
To submit the FAFSA and qualify for federal financial aid, students need to have a social security number. If you are not eligible for federal support don’t fret just yet! You can still submit applications for aid from the state or specific college you are attending.
How do I File my Application for ORSAA?
It’s easy to start the ORSAA application! Before you can create an account, you’ll be asked to enter information about your citizenship or DACA status. This is to make sure you are completing the correct application. Then you just select the blue “Start, edit or complete an application” icon under Actions and begin filling out your application.
What Kind of Aid do I Qualify for with ORSAA?
Undocumented students and DACA recipients are eligible for so many programs through the ORSAA - Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon Promise Grant, and OSAC scholarships. Undocumented students may also be eligble for in-state tuition at some public Oregon universities (contact your college for help with this great opportunity.).
When is the Deadline to Complete the ORSAA?
The annual due date of ORSAA is June 1 but Oregon is a “first-come, first-serve” state so it’s important to submit your ORSAA application ASAP!
Help and Resources to Understand ORSAA
- ORSAA Tip Sheets: In English and in Spanish
- Guide to the ORSAA: In English only
- 5 Tips for Completing the ORSAA: In English and in Spanish
- ORSAA Demonstration Video: In English and in Spanish
For more information about filing and receiving financial aid for college, check out our Financial Aid for Dreamers FAQ.
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