Financial Aid at Oregon State University

Support to achieve your goals

You've got big dreams for your future, and Oregon State University can help put that future within your reach. The Office of Financial Aid welcomes the opportunity to help you make your dreams for a quality education come true.  



"As a university community, we must join together to ensure that all members of the OSU community — students, faculty, staff and visitors — not only feel welcomed and safe, but experience our community as a place to thrive." 

-President Emeritus Ed Ray

How we're helping during the COVID-19 pandemic

Oregon State is here for you. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant financial hardship for many students, and the university — through the Federal CARES Act and the OSU Foundation — is providing emergency funding to help students through these difficult times.  You can review our CARES Act reporting page.

We're here to help you navigate the cost of your education

We recognize that college is a big investment for you and your family.  Take advantage of our resources to help navigate the cost of your education.  We have detailed cost estimates, a net price calculator, budget worksheets, housing and dining options, and debt management solutions.  If you have emergency needs please contact our office. 


How to apply for financial aid at OSU

Learn the fundamentals of the financial aid application process. We offer detailed options for every student type, explanations of various forms of aid, and information for parents.

Understanding and accepting your aid package

Financial aid is a process.  We want you to understand your financial aid offer letter, know how to accept your financial aid offer, and what happens after your FAFSA has been processed. 

Learn how to maintain your financial aid

There are many factors that impact your eligibility for aid when you are a student.  Knowing how different decisions will impact your aid will help you maintain eligibility.  Learn how payments work, how to renew your aid, what happens when courses are dropped and how to maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Explore additional resources

When scholarships, grants, and loans aren't enough, we still have other opportunities to consider.  

Financial Aid Videos

Important upcoming dates


  • Payments of summer term financial aid start disbursing onto OSU student billing accounts about one week before the start of term. SEOG and many scholarships awarded for summer cannot disburse until the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1.


  • Payments of fall term financial aid start disbursing onto OSU student billing accounts about one week before the start of the term.  Read more about disbursement and receiving aid.