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.

Types of Institutional Aid

The University Scholars Program (USP), administered by the OSU Scholarship Office, automatically considers new incoming undergraduate students for various scholarships based on the admissions application, including the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) competitive scholarship. View the incoming student scholarship webpage for further information.

New incoming undergraduate students are considered for institutional grants by the OSU Office of Financial Aid based on available funding.

How to Apply

Follow the instructions on the Undergraduate Aid Basics page to apply for institutional grants. The Oregon State FAFSA Priority Filing Deadline has been moved for the 2024-25 year to May 1, 2024! This is a one year extension due to the delays in FAFSA processing at the Department of Education. When receiving your aid offer in the Spring, any grants awarded should appear on that along with any OSU scholarships awarded. Funds are very limited, so not all students will be offered these funds.

Eligibility Requirements

To maintain eligibility for institutional grants, awarded students must:

  • Accept the grants by any deadlines in the aid offer or elsewhere through the self-service portal.
  • Enroll full-time (12+ credits) for each Fall, Winter, and Spring Term to receive the grant for that term. Funds are not available in Summer Term.1  
  • While participating in the Degree Partnership Program (DPP), enroll in at least 6 credits at OSU, enroll in at least 12 eligible credits total between OSU and their partner institution, and select OSU as their home school.
  • Remain a degree-seeking undergraduate at the campus and student type specified by their grant.2  
  • Meet the current Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards and follow any additional terms and conditions.

Renewal Consideration

To be eligible to have an institutional grant renewed in a future year, a student must:  

  • Submit the next year’s FAFSA/ORSAA by the OSU priority deadline of May 1.
  • Have enough need for the institutional grant funding as determined by the FAFSA/ORSAA.
  • Have been enrolled and received the grant in the previous school year.

Even when meeting these criteria, OSU cannot guarantee the renewal of institutional grants due to changes in funding levels, student attrition rates, and other factors. OSU may also choose to limit renewal to a certain number of terms or years.

1Ecampus Grant typically does not require full-time enrollment, and funds may be available during Summer Term. Refer to the Ecampus FAQ page and contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions.

2See table below for grant name and campus/tuition rate restrictions.

Institutional Grant Eligible Campus and Tuition Rate
OSU Access Grant Corvallis with standard Oregon resident undergraduate tuition
Cascades Access Grant Cascades with standard Oregon resident undergraduate tuition
Non-Resident Tuition Grant Corvallis with standard non-resident undergraduate tuition
Cascades Non-Res Tuition Grant Cascades with standard non-resident undergraduate tuition
Ecampus Grant Ecampus with standard Ecampus undergraduate tuition
Bridge to Success Grant Corvallis with standard Oregon resident undergraduate tuition


OSU Colleges and Departments offer donor-funded scholarship opportunities to students who are currently enrolled or plan to enroll in a major within their college. Additionally, further scholarships are available for opportunities such as studying abroad. Visit the scholarships for current students page for further information. 

The OSU Bridge to Success program has served more than 20,000 students since 2008. To better serve the evolving needs of the many qualified students who dream of earning a college degree from the Corvallis and Cascades campuses, the OSU Bridge to Success program has been redesigned to offer a wider array of benefits. See the Admission's Bridge to Success page for more information.