Institutional Aid at Oregon State University

Oregon State University is committed to providing access to high quality education for students who face financial barriers to higher education. Institutional aid at OSU is a cornerstone to this commitment to access. Through a range of need-based and merit-based programs, OSU is working to help students achieve their education goals.

Incoming Student Scholarships

Oregon State University offers an array of scholarships to incoming students depending on their admission status. These scholarships are awarded by the Scholarship Office and are based on available funding. Criteria are available on the scholarships page.

Departmental Scholarships

OSU Colleges and Departments offer donor-funded scholarship opportunities to students who are currently enrolled, or plan to enroll (incoming) in a major within their college. More detailed information about awards by college is available on this Departmental Scholarships page.

Oregon State University Bridge to Success Program

Established in 2008, the Bridge to Success program increases access to OSU by providing a combination of grant and scholarship aid (funds that do not need to be repaid) to help cover standard tuition and fees to qualified students. Students awarded for Bridge to Success funding may have a variety of scholarships and grants in their financial aid package that when combined cover a standard base of tuition and fees. Student eligibility is reviewed each year based on annual FAFSA results and the renewal criteria tied to the grant and scholarship aid received. Award offers are made based on available funding and are not guaranteed.

To be considered, a new student must meet the following criteria:

  • Oregon resident
  • Complete the admissions application by Feb. 1st priority deadline and be fully admissible to OSU
  • Submits the FAFSA by OSU's Feb. 28th financial aid priority deadline
  • Pell eligible (based on annual FAFSA results)
  • Eligible to receive Oregon Opportunity Grant funding (12 term limit)
  • On campus student (excludes Ecampus students)

In order to receive Bridge to Success Grant funds, a student must be enrolled full-time (12+ credits) each term. Degree Partnership Program students receiving the Bridge to Success Grant are required to be fulltime and enrolled in a MINIMUM of 6 credits at OSU each term.

This grant may be reduced or canceled in cases where eligibility for need-based aid is adjusted during the year. It is not available to students with certain tuition waivers or reductions such as the Veteran’s Dependent Tuition Waiver, staff tuition reduction, and staff dependent tuition reduction.

In order to qualify for the Bridge to Success in subsequent years, a student must successfully complete at least 36 credits during the academic year and continue to meet Pell and OOG eligibility requirements and file the FAFSA by the February 28th priority deadline. Due to limited funding, program renewal cannot be guaranteed for all students who meet the minimum criteria.

Oregon State University Opportunity Grant

The OSU Opportunity Grant is awarded to full-time resident undergraduate students with financial need and is administered by the OSU Office of Financial Aid. Funds are limited and eligibility is based in part on meeting the OSU priority FAFSA submission deadline of February 28th each year.

To be considered, a new student must be an on-time applicant by meeting the following criteria:

  • Oregon resident
  • Complete the admissions application by Feb. 1st priority deadline and be fully admissible to OSU
  • Submits the FAFSA by OSU's Feb. 28th financial aid priority deadline
  • Pell eligible (based on annual FAFSA results)
  • On campus student (excludes Ecampus students)

In order to receive the OSU Opportunity Grant a student must be enrolled full-time (12+ credits) each term. Degree Partnership Program students receiving the grant are required to be full-time and enrolled in a MINIMUM of 6 credits at OSU each term.

This grant may be reduced or canceled in cases where eligibility for need-based aid is adjusted during the year. It is not available to students with certain tuition waivers or reductions such as the Veteran’s Dependent Tuition Waiver, staff tuition reduction, and staff dependent tuition reduction.

The OSU Opportunity Grant is a non-renewable single year award. Students will be evaluated for eligibility on a year-by-year basis as funding allows.

Ecampus Grant

The Ecampus Grant is awarded to students seeking a degree through Oregon State Ecampus. The Office of Financial Aid awards these grants to eligible recipients based on financial need. Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. To be considered, file your FAFSA before the February 28th priority funding deadline (as early as possible) each year.