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.

New Students

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.

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’s 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. 

New and Returning Students

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.


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.