Oregon State University's Bridge to Success program
Established in 2008, ensures that qualified students receive enough gift aid (financial aid and scholarships that do not need to be repaid) to cover their annual tuition and fees at OSU. (Differential tuition charges are not covered for additional charges based on a student’s program of study).
To be considered, a new student must meet the following criteria:
- Oregon resident (on campus student)
- On time applicant (complete application by Feb. 1 admissions priority deadline) and is admitted to OSU
- Submits FAFSA by OSU's Feb. 28th financial aid priority deadline
- Pell eligible (based on annual FAFSA results)
- Qualifies for and receives Oregon Opportunity Grant funding
Awards are based on available funding and are not guaranteed. Student eligibility is reviewed each year based on annual FAFSA results and the renewal criteria tied to the aid/scholarships received.
Students selected for Bridge to Success funding often don't know they've been selected, as scholarship and aid awards that cover tuition and fees come from many sources. Students who meet criteria will have all available funds awarded to them by early April.
The awards are based on financial need and student’s ability to show satisfactory progress toward completion of degrees, including earning 36 credits per year for renewal of the award in subsequent years. Another innovative aspect of the new program is its simplicity: Students don't need to apply, any financial aid applicant who meets Pell Grant and Oregon Opportunity Grant eligibility and can show necessary progress toward degree will be automatically considered.
Receiving the Bridge to Success Award
In order to receive the Bridge Grant a student must be enrolled fulltime (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.
Bridge to Success Renewal
In order for the Bridge to Success Grant to be renewed, a student must successfully complete at least 36 credits per year. A student must also continue meet Pell and OOG eligibility requirements and file the FAFSA by the February 28th priority deadline. Due to limited funding, Bridge renewal cannot be guaranteed for all students who meet the minimum criteria.
"As Oregon's land grant university, it is our mission to ensure that the sons and daughters of this state have access to a premier college education, and the Bridge to Success Program will help us fulfill that promise for worthy students with significant financial need," said OSU President Ed Ray.
These limited merit and need based scholarships are administered by the Office of Financial Aid. Incoming students are considered based on completion of the scholarship portion of the admissions application. Eligibility is limited to students who have completed fewer than 12 terms and submit the application for Admission by February 1. Recipients must be enrolled full-time and are notified of their awards in writing. Criteria are available on the scholarships page.
Departmental awards are administered by each college individually. Be sure to check out our searchable database of scholarships! Contact the department or donor directly for specific information regarding the award.
These awards come from outside donors and can affect your financial aid package. Outside Scholarship checks should be mailed to Student Accounts at the following address: Student Accounts, Oregon State University, PO BOX 1086, Corvallis, OR 97339. If you have not already submitted notification to the Financial Aid Office regarding your outside scholarships, please submit the Reporting Additional Sources of Assistance form located on the Financial Aid Website. Please review your scholarship payment status by logging into MyOSU as funds will be credited to your student billing account when received.