Financial Aid & Scholarships
It’s one thing to get accepted by a college — quite another to make sure your education is paid for. Many students feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty and complexity of the funding process. But at LBCC, we’re here for you.
Federal Financial Aid
To get you started, we recommend filling out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Your report will come back to you with a summary of the aid, loans, and scholarships you can choose from, right out of the gate. This will help you understand how much funding you already have, and how much you'll need to track down.
It’s a good idea to get in the habit of applying for scholarships. Notice that word, habit? We used it on purpose. You can start applying for scholarships as early as you want (even when you're still in grade school!), and you can keep applying for them all the way through graduation.
For best results, you should apply for scholarships every spring, summer, and fall, because different types of funding become available at different times of year.
Doing so takes effort and follow-through, but it's worth it. Scholarships are free money: you never have to pay them back. Oh, and don't ever tell yourself there's nothing out there for you, because the fact is, there are scholarships for just about everyone, from every walk of life. Chances are, you’re eligible for some of them!
OSAC Scholarship Application
Application Open for Oregon Tribal Student Grant for 2023-24
The Oregon Tribal Student Grant provides funding for eligible Oregon tribal students to offset the cost of attendance at eligible Oregon colleges and universities. Current, new and continuing students are encouraged to apply for this grant for the 2023-24 academic year. The grant is intended to cover the average cost of attendance after all federal and state grants/scholarships have been applied.
New applicants are encouraged to complete the Oregon Tribal Student Grant application and 2023-24 FAFSA or ORSAA at the earliest point possible. Renewal applicants (those who received the grant in 2022-23) must log into their OSAC Student Portal account and re-apply for 2023-24 Oregon Tribal Student Grant. The final deadline to apply for the 2023-24 Oregon Tribal Student Grant is April 5, 2024.
Early Bird Deadline
The OSAC scholarship application provides current and future Oregon students access to over 600 scholarships through one application. Scholarships can be awarded based on a variety of characteristics including intended major, high school, merit, financial need, and more.
The OSAC scholarship application is now open in the OSAC student portal. The early bird deadline is February 15th. Students who submit a completed application by the early bird deadline will be entered into a drawing for one of ten, $1,000 scholarships. The final deadline to submit the OSAC Scholarship Application is March 1st by 5pm.
Students who need support completing their application are encouraged to check out the following resources:
- Video: How to create an OSAC Portal Profile
- OSAC Scholarship Application Guide
- Upcoming Webinars
- Request a Presentation
- For specific questions please email: SA.Feedback@hecc.oregon.gov
Remember to submit a complete application by February 15th at 5pm to meet the early
Federal and State Grants
A grant is a subsidy that the federal and state governments offer to help you pay for college. If you're aiming for an undergraduate degree and you have financial need, you may qualify for the federal Pell Grant as well as others such as the Oregon Promise Grant.
What else is on your mind?
Additional resources to assist students (food, health care, childcare, unemployment, etc.) during this time of uncertainty as we navigate our way through this COVID-19 episode.
Below are some resources that may help address student need, as our communities grapple
with the impact of COVID-19 . While by no means is this list exhaustive, it is meant
to provide a high-level overview of some key resources with direct links for more
information and how to apply.
Please check out Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon's excellent summary on accessing food resources during these unprecedented times. Assure students that SNAP benefits will be issued as normal, and that they can apply
online and do not need to go into a DHS office. This webpage also has a great run down of resources, including Oregon Food Bank's Find Food Page and a list of school districts providing nutrition services to their students during
Oregon Health Authority has information about how to access healthcare (apply for Oregon Health Plan, find
care, etc.), as well as the latest updates on COVID-19.
ERDC has been expanded to help families during this challenging period. DHS has eliminated co-pays and increased the income-eligibility from 185% of FPL
to 250% or 85% of median wage. See Press Release. Students can access the ERDC app and mail/submit it to a DHS office. More info can be accessed via 211 or DHS DPU
phone line, 1-800-699-9074.
During these challenging times that disproportionately impact many of the students
we serve in STEP, it's critical we continue to provide holistic support and help navigating
resources. Please find ways to offer these services to students virtually during any
closures. Other tangible resources to consider: laptops, tablets, or hotspots can
be purchased with STEP funds and loaned to STEP students. In addition, when awarding
support services to students (tuition, fees, books, tools, transportation), please
consider the impact this current public health crisis will have on their unmet need.
If you have questions or other ideas, please email me to discuss how we can address
students' need and maintain grant compliance.
Filing for Unemployment
COVID-19 is having a decided impact on our economy, and the employment of many of
our students. More information on filing for unemployment can be found here. Encourage students to find out about the TUI program and STEP resources available
through OED, that may be able to help support their college completion and career
goals with added resources. WorkSource also has services to help while searching for new employment.
Consolidating Campus Resource Info
As recommended by the Hope Center, please consider how you can streamline and consolidate campus benefit information and access to emergency funds, proactively mitigating obstacles that could limit students' access Various Community Resources (including help getting connected to those listed above and housing/utility assistance help).
211info can help you find services:
- CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155
- TEXT your zip code to 898211 (TXT211)
- EMAIL email@example.com
- HOURS 7 days per week, 8:00 am-11:00 pm
Lastly, in the midst of all of this, please don't forget to try to encourage students to file their taxes and claim the EITC--cash that they may be leaving on the table, and that could be really helpful during these challenging times. Info about free online tax filing can be accessed here. We also need to stay apprised of the Public Charge Rule change that could be causing many of our immigrant students and their families to turn down crucial benefits that they qualify and are entitled to receive to support the health and basic needs of their family.