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Scholarships and financial assistance

PCC Fostering Success is now able to a offer a limited amount of emergency funds, student support funds, and scholarships for College Success and Career Guidance classes, to students who are currently or were previously in foster care.

Emergency funds and student support funds

Our goal is to support students not just who are in an emergency financial situation, but also who could just use a little extra financial support to make attending college more accessible. If you have an emergency financial situation, or if you have a non-emergency funding need that will positively impact your success as a PCC student, complete this application.

Scholarships for College Success and Career Guidance classes

Interested in choosing from a variety of College Success and Career Guidance classes? Students who have experience in foster care can apply for a scholarship to cover tuition for a CG class of their choice. These classes can help you choose a career or major, explore changing careers, as well as assess and develop strengths and personal skills. See a list of available classes for the upcoming term. To apply for a scholarship, complete this application.

To return applications, or with questions, please contact:

Allison Trowbridge, College Success Coach
PDX Bridge and Fostering Success Programs
PCC Southeast, Mt. Tabor Hall, Links Office, Room 123

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA)

Also, check out Portland Community College’s Financial Aid page to keep track of the steps in order to receive financial aid.

Are you confused about your FAFSA? Fostering Success Michigan has a FAFSA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage for students with experience in foster care.

Oregon Tuition and Fee Waiver for Foster Youth

This waiver can provide free college tuition for former foster youth under specific conditions. Students must meet the eligibility criteria to qualify and it is age restricted – so don’t delay in finding out if you qualify. More information about the Foster Youth Tuition Waiver.

The Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV/ETG)

As a current or former foster youth, you may be eligible to receive up to $2,500 per academic year. The Chafee grant application opens November 1 and closes March 1 of each year. More information about the Chafee Education and Training Voucher/Grant (ETV/ETG).

PCC Foundation Scholarships and Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC)

Other ways to receive free money is to apply to the many scholarships from PCC Foundation and the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC).

Oregon Promise

Oregon Promise is a state grant that helps cover tuition at any Oregon community college for recent high school and high school equivalency certificate graduates. Graduates who receive a 2.50 GPA or higher are eligible, and must attend an Oregon community college within 6 months of graduation to receive the grant. More information about Oregon Promise.

Child Care Assistance

PCC offers child care subsidy programs and development centers for students. Find resources on each campus.

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