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Information on grants

Grants (funds that do not require repayment) are available to eligible undergraduates only.

  • Federal Pell Grant:

    up to $1,910 per term and is based on financial need.

  • Oregon Opportunity Grant:

    available to Oregon resident students attending Oregon colleges. Awards are renewable for up to 12 terms contingent upon your continued eligibility. Eligibility is based on financial need.

  • Federal TEACH Grant:

    this grant is available to WOU education and pre-education majors. The grant amount is up to $4,000* annually and is not based on financial need. *Please note - awards first disbursed on or after March 1, 2013 are subject to a reduction due to cuts in federal financial aid as a result of the "sequester." Awards first made on or after this date will not be eligible for the full $4,000 award without congressional action. Students who receive a federal TEACH Grant must complete a service obligation by serving as a highly-qualified teacher in a designated high-need field at a low-income school for four years within eight years of completing a TEACH Grant eligible program. Failure to complete teaching service will result in the TEACH Grant being converted to an unsubsidized Stafford loan with retroactive interest.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG):

    awarded to students with the greatest financial need and who meet WOU's priority deadline. Students must be Pell Grant eligible to qualify for this grant.

  • Western Oregon University Tuition Grant:

    a limited number of these tuition fee remission grants are available for Oregon residents demonstrating the greatest financial need. Students whose entire tuition is paid by other tuition fee remission grants are not eligible to receive this grant.

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Taxability of various types of educational assistance

Note: Some or all of your financial aid (from scholarships, fellowships, need-based education grants, and qualified tuition reductions) may be considered taxable income. Please consult IRS Publication 970, Chapter 1 for more information.

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Information on work study

Federal work study program

The Federal Work Study Program is available to eligible undergraduate and graduate students. This program provides funds for employing students who qualify for part-time jobs either on-campus or off-campus in community service positions. The amount that you earn is limited to the amount that appears on your award letter. However, once you have earned the amount noted on your award letter, you may petition the Financial Aid Office to increase your work study funds.

You will receive an hourly wage based on the type of work you do, your skills and your experience. You can work a maximum of 20 hours per week except during vacation periods when up to 40 hours per week is allowed. You will be paid monthly based on the number of hours you worked in the pay period. It is your responsibility to locate a job.

You are not guaranteed a job or that you will earn the total work-study amount listed on your award letter. You may view current job postings by clicking here.

Community service work study program

Federal Work Study can be used in such community service areas as health care, child care, literacy training, education, welfare, public safety, crime prevention and control, rural development, and community improvement. Using work-study in this way allows students to work in direct service roles with their local community and still earn money.

If you are eligible for Federal Work-Study, we encourage you to look at the opportunities available to you, or develop your own job. If you know of a community or social agency that may want to participate in the off-campus federal work study program, contact the Service Learning and Career Development Office at 503-838-8432.

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