Welcome to the FAFSA/ORSAA Challenge

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Welcome to the FAFSA/ORSAA Challenge!

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We're glad that your school is rising to the challenge of increasing your FAFSA/ORSAA completion rate by at least 5% this year. As a participating school, you will receive a monthly newsletter with resources, tips, and events geared toward FAFSA/ORSAA completion. You will also receive data updates throughout the year that show your school's completion rate at 3 key times (January 1, March 1, June 1).

It's time to prepare! The 2020-21 FAFSA and ORSAA will both open on October 1st.

Are you planning completion events and activities for your students and families? Do you have resources available to help seniors complete either application? Do you have a supportive team at your school to help with this effort?

Get started by exploring the resources, tips, and events below.

Featured Resources

Oregon Opportunities Guide 

Available in English and Spanish, the Oregon Opportunities Guide provides important information for high school students and families.

What Students Need: FAFSA/ORSAA

Great for helping students gather the information they'll need to complete the FAFSA or ORSAA.

ORSAA Tip Sheets (English)(Spanish)

This 3-page PDF will guide you through the ORSAA process and how to apply for other financial aid in Oregon.

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Use this image on social media to share that your school is participating in the Challenge. Include information about your events in the post so students and families know what's happening. Be sure to use #seizetheopportunity when posting about your FAFSA/ORSAA Challenge activities on social media so we can see them and celebrate your successes!

Tips & Tricks

Creating a FSA ID (English)(Spanish)

This one page guide walks students and parents through the process of creating a FSA ID, which is used to sign the FAFSA as well as to apply for parent and student loans.

Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) Pre-Filter Tool

The ORSAA Pre-Filter Tool helps students and families determine if this is the correct application for them.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Financial Aid Night: How to Pay for College

Host a virtual financial aid night or share registration information with your students! The first session in this monthly series will teach students and families about the basics of paying for college and features volunteer financial aid experts available to answer private questions with live, online chatting. Also available in Spanish two nights later!

Have questions or need help? Contact pay@oregongoestocollege.org.

The FAFSA/ORSAA Challenge is brought to you by a collaborative group of experts from across Oregon: ECMC-The College Place, Office of Student Access and Completion, Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Oregon Department of Education, and Oregon Goes to College. We are here to help you and your students succeed!