Federal and State Financial Aid
Financial aid is based on the premise that you (and in the case of dependent students, your guardians) are primarily responsible for providing for your educational expenses, and it is intended to supplement student and family contributions toward educational costs. Financial aid comes from many sources, including federal and state government, private organizations, and Oregon State University’s institutional funds. Most Oregon State students receive some form of financial aid.
Scholarships and Awards
The College of Engineering is committed to recruiting and retaining motivated, driven students. One way we do that is by offering numerous scholarship opportunities.
A scholarship is a financial award given to a student on the basis of academic achievement and promise. Many scholarships are awarded based on merit; however, some also take into account financial need. Like grants, scholarships do not have to be repaid.
As an incoming first-year student, you are automatically considered for all available scholarships when you complete the scholarship application included with your application for admission to Oregon State. Beyond the college, Oregon State offers merit-based scholarships, as well as need and non-need based financial aid.
Oregon State ScholarDollars Scholarship Search: Oregon State students may use OSU ScholarDollars to submit an application for the nearly $50 million in campus-based scholarship funding available for the 2019-2020 academic year. By submitting one application each academic year, you will be considered for over 1,600 OSU scholarship opportunities. Apply early to maximize your scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are subject to available funds.
Work-Study and Internships
Federal work-study funding helps provide part-time jobs for students with financial need. Being awarded work-study funds allows you to apply for jobs that specifically have the work-study designation. If you are awarded work-study and secure a work-study job, you will be paid monthly for hours worked.
There are also a variety of paid internships available to engineering students. Internships are typically short-term work assignments related to your major or career interests. Completing an internship is an excellent way to develop the hands-on skills and professionalism needed for a successful transition into the work place. On the other hand, academic internships only qualify for academic credit.
Student loans are a valuable resource for funding your education, so you need to be prepared to repay them when you have completed your degree, or are no longer enrolled at least half time in an accredited program. You can estimate what your loan repayment will look like by using the helpful calculator at studentloans.gov.
Degree Partnership Program and Transfer Students
Many engineering students choose to participate in Oregon State’s Degree Partnership Program, a pathway to completing a university degree more quickly and more affordable. This program allows you to be jointly admitted and enrolled at Oregon State and any of our community college partner schools. There are specific financial support resources available for these students.