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Financial aid grants

Financial aid grants are often called “gift aid” because they are free money – financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid. Grants are usually awarded based on your financial need. You can read more about financial need here: how award amounts are determined.

How do I get a grant?

To get a grant, you must follow the steps to receiving financial aid. If you are eligible for a grant, it will be listed when you review your award.

Types of financial aid grants

Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant is awarded to students who meet eligibility requirements according to federal guidelines. The amount received is determined by your expected family contribution and enrollment. Pell Grants are prorated based on your enrollment. There is a maximum amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you can receive over your lifetime – read more about Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded to Pell-eligible students with exceptional need according to federal and institutional guidelines. Funding is limited to enrolled students who meet PCC priority timelines.

Oregon Opportunity Grant

The Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) is a grant for Oregon residents funded by the State Of Oregon. The Office of Student Access and Completion administers the OOG and determines student’s eligibility. In order to qualify for OOG students must: meet general eligibility requirements for financial aid, have no prior baccalaureate degrees, be enrolled at least half time, show financial need, and meet the application deadlines. Application deadlines vary from year to year and are dependent on funding levels. To qualify for OOG, it is best to complete the FAFSA or ORSAA in early October.