Degree Partnership Student - Pay for college

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It takes time to line up your college funding. Start early and follow these steps for the best results!

Apply for Financial Aid

File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).  Apply as early as October 1 for the upcoming academic year. You should include both COCC (003188) and OSU (003210) school codes on your FAFSA® or ORSAA. The Financial Aid page will tell you what types of aid are available and walk you through the steps. 

Apply Online

Undocumented students apply for state aid using Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA).

File the ORSAA

Select a Home School

After admission, you will select a home school, which is the school that will administer your financial aid. You can take courses at COCC that will fulfill degree requirements at OSU-Cascades and choose a financial aid package that works best for you. 

1.  Consider Your Financial Aid and Scholarship Options

If you are awarded the Oregon Promise or COCC's Foundation Scholarship, you are encouraged to work closely with both financial aid offices to determine your home school. If you have OSU scholarship support, you can use those funds for courses at both schools.

2.  Decide How Many Credits You Will Take at COCC

You must be in six (6) or more COCC credits to select COCC as your home school.

3.  Designate Your Home School

      • Taking all your courses at COCC and want COCC as your home school? Complete COCC’s Home School Declaration Form.
      • Taking all your courses at COCC and want OSU as your home school? Email with your home school selection.
      • Taking at least one OSU course? Select your home school when you register for courses at OSU.

Other Financial Aid Options

  • Aid for Oregon Residents: Oregon residents have the opportunity to receive scholarships and grants including the Oregon Promise and OSAC scholarships.
  • Veteran Benefits: If you are using Veteran Benefits, you are encouraged to select OSU as your home school to streamline certification. If you select COCC for Veteran and Financial Aid services, new Veterans to COCC will need to meet with a veteran's certifying official on our Bend campus in the Boyle Education Building.
  • Resources for Undocumented Students: Although undocumented students cannot apply to federal financial aid, there are several financial resources available.
  • Scholarships: Apply for COCC Foundation scholarships and private scholarships.   
  • Tuition & Fees: Tuition is typically due the second Friday of the term. Learn how to pay your bill and avoid late fees. Check your residency and academic program to see if there are any additional fees or mandatory supplies.  

For assistance, please contact Admissions and Records at or 541-383-7500.