What Grants are Available at COCC?

Grants and scholarships are referred to as 'gift aid' and comes from the federal government, state governments, colleges, or private/nonprofit organizations. They are free money, which is a type of financial aid that does not have to be repaid. Grants are often need based, while scholarships are usually merit based. Below are the types of grants that are available to COCC students

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant program was established as a federal program to provide financial aid for eligible undergraduate students with financial need. Eligibility for other federal aid is determined after the Federal Pell Grant is taken into consideration. Federal Pell Grant awards in 2017-18 range up to $5,920 depending on a student's EFC, cost of attendance and enrollment. Students with a prior bachelors degree are not eligible. Student enrolled in less than 12 credits may receive the Pell Grant at a pro-rated amount (see chart below). Pell Grants will be paid to all students who are eligible and enrolled in summer term.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Federal SEOG awards are federal funded. COCC is responsible for selecting eligible students and determining the amount of the award. The Federal SEOG is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need and gives priority to students who receive Federal Pell Grants. Federal SEOG awards at COCC are $600 per student and are not pro-rated. Everyone who qualifies may not receive this grant due to limited federal funding. This is why it is important to apply early for financial aid. Students with a prior bachelor's degree are not eligible. SEOG will be paid to all students who are eligible and enrolled in summer term.

Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG)

The state of Oregon provides funds for this grant program. Eligibility is based on financial need as defined by the Office of Student Access and Completion using the FAFSA information and is limited to 12 cumulative quarters. Students must have a minimum of one year legal residency in Oregon and be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours each term. Students with a prior bachelors degree are not eligible. Students enrolled in a course of study leading to a degree in theology, divinity or religious education are not eligible. Opportunity Grants currently are set by the state of Oregon budget. Students at COCC may receive a varied amount depending on financial eligibility and enrollment. The Opportunity Grant is not available for summer term.

Oregon Promise Grant


1-5 credits

6-8 credits

9-11 credits

12+ credits

Federal Pell Grant 25% 50% 75% 100%
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant




Oregon Opportunity Grant Not eligible 50% 50% 100%
Oregon Promise Grant Not eligible 50% 75% 100%