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This scholarship is for students who are attending an Oregon educational institution of higher learning and have served or are serving in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). Eligible applicants must be currently serving or previously served in the Oregon National Guard or in a Military Reserve Component after 9/11 and deployed overseas supporting the GWOT. Please note that reserve members must be Oregon residents.

Details about the program and the link for the application can currently be found on the Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance (ONGSTA) web page  following the ONGSTA program information. Sheryl Connolly, is the primary point of contact for the program. She can be reached at 541-687-7422 or 800-452-8807 x 7422, and cheryl.a.connolly@state.or.us .

 

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The Legislature passed House Bill 4035 in 2018 authorizing the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) to administer $2.5 million in grants to current Oregon National Guard service members for tuition at Oregon community colleges (up to 90 credits) and public universities (up to 180 credits). The Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds are used.  The grant is a “last dollar” program, meaning it is calculated after other state and federal grants for which eligible students qualify.

 

To apply, prospective students must:

 

Eligible service members must, at a minimum:
  • Complete any military basic training
  • Have a current passing Annual Physical Fitness Test score (APFT)
  • Be in good standing with their unit
  • Not have achieved a baccalaureate degree or higher
  • Not be in default of any federal loans

 

For a full list of eligibility requirements, to apply for ONG-STA and for more information, please visit the HECC Office of Student Access and Completion website.

 

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This program is coordinated by Financial Aid and Scholarships. Voyager is an OSU benefit program that is available to Oregon veterans who served as members of the National Guard or Reserves in an active duty capacity in a combat zone on or after September 11, 2001. Under this program, eligible student veterans will be awarded funding for the difference between campus tuition/mandatory fees and expected military tuition benefits (i.e., federal military tuition assistance [TA] and VA Education Benefits). Voyager funds are not restricted to tuition only. This program is meant to work in conjunction with other educational aid programs; thus, the student is responsible for obtaining TA benefits and VA education benefits. If they are not eligible for these, they must demonstrate proof of ineligibility.

What it covers:

Voyager funding is determined by the amount of TA and VA education benefits for which the student is eligible. While the funds are not designated for tuition only, the amount of Voyager funds awarded to a student is intended to make up the difference between campus tuition/mandatory fees and expected military tuition benefits (i.e., federal military tuition assistance [TA] and VA Education Benefits). Students who qualify for both Voyager and Chapter 33 VA education benefits will have their Voyager payments based on their Chapter 33 benefit level and the Voyager benefit is then deducted from their Chapter 33 benefit payments; students who qualify for 100% Chapter 33 education benefits cannot qualify for Voyager at the same time. Students who qualify for both Voyager and TA benefits will have their Voyager payments based on their TA payment for the term.

Restrictions: The maximum length of the Voyager award is five years (15 quarters) of undergraduate study toward a baccalaureate degree and carries a maximum credit limit of 15 course credits beyond the minimum needed for degree completion. The Voyager Tuition Assistance Program does not cover E-Campus or Distance courses. This benefit is not transferable to a veteran’s spouse or dependents.

Complete the Voyager Tuition Assistance Program application form and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

 

Contact Information:

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Oregon State University
218 Kerr Administration
Corvallis, OR 97331-2120
Phone Number: (541) 737-2241
Email: Financial.Aid@oregonstate.edu

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This benefit provides a full tuition waiver (not fees) for a bachelor's or master's degree for a child or spouse of a member of the United States Armed Forces who either died in active duty, became 100% disabled in connection with military service, or died as a result of a disability sustained in active duty. Or the student must be a child (including adopted child or stepchild) of a Purple Heart recipient, alive or deceased, who was relieved or discharged from service in the Armed Forces of the United States with either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions and was awarded the Purple Heart in 2001 or thereafter for wounds received in combat. This program does not apply to nonresidents students or study abroad programs.

Complete the Veterans' Dependent Tuition Waiver application form and submit it to the VA and Military Benefit Certifying Team utilizing the VA/Military Benefit Intake Form no later than 14 days before the applying term. Upon verification that all criteria have been met, the approved application will be forwarded to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for processing. Student's only need to apply once for this program.

 

Contact Information:

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Oregon State University
218 Kerr Administration
Corvallis, OR 97331-2120
Phone Number: (541) 737-2241
Email: Financial.Aid@oregonstate.edu

HB 2158 - In-state Tuition and Fees for Student Veterans

A public university listed in ORS 352.002 or community college shall charge an enrolled student who is not a resident of this state, and who is attending classes as an undergraduate or graduate, tuition and fees no greater than the resident rate if the student:
  1. Served in the armed forces of the United States; and
  2. Was relieved or discharged from that service with either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions; and
  3. Is an undergraduate student newly enrolled after September 15, 2013, or graduate student newly enrolled after September 15, 2014, and
  4. Provides proof that the student has established a physical presence in Oregon within 12 months of being enrolled at the public university or community college.
 
In addition, HB2158 made the following changes to ORS 352.375-Tuition for nonresident students who served in Armed Forces:
  1. Added General "Under Honorable Conditions" to the category of discharges allowed for the Veteran Status.
  2. After September 15, 2013 allows newly enrolled Veteran to a community college or university to be billed in state tuition and fees provided they prove physical presence in Oregon within one year of enrolling.

 

To apply for this benefit complete the Exemption from Nonresident Tuition Veteran Form and all supporting documents in person to the VA Certifying Officials.