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FSA ID - Create an electronic signature using your social security number for the FAFSA Application (student and at least 1 parent should create an FSA ID)

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Opens each academic year on October 1. To apply a student must have a social security number and be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen.

Federal Student Aid Contact Information - Federal website to help students/parents understand federal financial aid.


Below are some videos of how to complete the FAFSA.

  • 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA - short videos that go step by step to help you complete the FAFSA. This was developed a few years ago, so keep in mind there might be some minor changes but it is an excellent resource and look at the FAFSA and how to complete it.

FAFSA Presentation Series From Ryan West, Director of Financial Aid at Chemeketa

Videos de como llenar el FAFSA: Paso a Paso

FAFSA Paying for College Presentation by ECMC September 16th Recording (English)

FAFSA Taller de Pagar la Universidad


Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) - An alternative to the FAFSA for undocumented Oregon students, including students who have (DACA (deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status. Do NOT complete the ORSAA if you are a U.S. citizen or legal non-citizen with an alien registration number.


Below are some videos of how to complete the ORSAA. Please note that the videos are a few years old and while the information is still valid, it is important to report whatever tax year the application asks for, not what they show in the videos:

ORSAA demonstration - English

Demostración de ORSAA - en español


CSS Profile

The CSS Profile, short for the College Scholarship Service Profile, is an online application created and maintained by the United States-based College Board that allows college students to apply for non-federal financial aid. Not all colleges/universities require the CSS profile so students need to check with each college as to whether the CSS profile is a requirement.


Oregon Promise is a state grant that helps to cover tuition costs at any Oregon community college for recent high school graduates. Oregon Promise is for students with a 2.5 or higher unweighted GPA by the end of their time in high school. Oregon Promise eligibility is determined each year by the Oregon State Legislature. I encourage ALL students eligible to apply...because determination of eligibility does not occur until after applications are usually due.


Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter

How to Read Your Financial Award Letter


SPRAGUE HIGH SCHOOL CODE # (used on college applications, etc): 381043


Students must request transcripts through the Sprague Web Site.


Chemeketa Foundation Scholarships - Application is available online beginning February 1st and ending April 15th to apply for scholarships for 2022-23 academic year.

Chemeketa Scholars Program - 2 years tuition at Chemeketa Community College for students who apply, have a 3.5+ GPA. Check site for deadline information.

Chemeketa TRIO Program - An educational opportunity for low-income, first generation, and disabled students. The goal of TRiO is to assist students to overcome financial, class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. Once in college, TRiO assists them so that they can earn a college degree. Students complete a separate application to apply to this program. For more information, call 503.315.4293

Chemeketa CAMP Program - The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is a federally funded program that supports students from migrant and seasonal farmworker backgrounds during their first year in college. The program provides supplemental financial assistance and support services, with the goal of preparing them to continue their education and obtain a degree.

Chemeketa Student Leaders: Gain work experience and PAY for college! Apply NOW!

Budgeting for College

CREATE A PERSONAL BUDGET FOR COLLEGE - Going to college means being more independent - which also means being more responsible. Consider using this resource to help you manage your monthly expenses while in college.

COLLEGE COMPARISON FINANCIAL WORKSHEET - A quick way to compare financial aid offers and determine your out-of-pocket expenses after financial aid is applied.

COMPARING COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID WORKSHEET - An excellent worksheet from Oregon Goes To College to compare and break down college costs.

FIVE THINGS EVERY FAMILY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PAYING FOR COLLEGE - The number one thing to know is that about 90 percent of people do not pay full price.


DACAmented/Undocumented Toolkit

Undocumented student resource - Oregon Gear Up understands that undocumented students face unique challenges in accessing and paying for higher education. This website has helpful information for undocumented students and their families.

Como acceder a la universidad como esudiante indocumentado

Scholarships open to Undocumented/DACA Students - a list created by Scholarships.com that brings scholarship opportunities to one location. Chris Jones also has a list of scholarships these students can apply for that may or may not be included on this site.

Oregon Gear Up & Oregon Gear Up (Spanish) - Information for students, parents and educators to help assist undocumented students with college planning.

The Undocumented Life


  • Created by E Poppleton -- 6/1/2018
  • Edited by Phil Rodin - 09/19/2021

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