Linn-Benton Community College is encouraging all eligible 2016 high school and GED graduates to apply for the Oregon Promise starting Nov. 1.
Applications are available online at www.OregonPromise.org.
Oregon Promise provides a minimum of $1,000 of tuition support for students who are graduating high school or earning a GED in the spring or summer of 2016, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (a GED score requirement is still being established), have been an Oregon resident for 12 months, and who intend to attend community college in fall of 2016.
Students are being encouraged to apply early. The program is first-come, first served, with demand expected to exceed the funding available. Those who apply prior to funds being exhausted will get support.
The program covers tuition that is not covered by federal and state financial aid grants. Most students will be required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, and accept all grants they qualify for.
Non U.S. citizens who meet Oregon Promise requirements will apply for the Oregon Promise as part of Oregon's Tuition Equity program through a separate application.
LBCC will offer an open computer lab on Tuesday, Nov. 3 on its Albany Campus so that any high school students attending class at the college can apply. The college will also be sending email messages via its prospective student communication system to 16,000 people who have expressed an interest in in the college in hopes of reaching as many high school seniors as possible.
The college met with 36 representatives of its service district’s high schools and youth support organizations on Tuesday, encouraging them to spread the word to seniors to apply starting Nov. 1.
More information is available at the Oregon Promise web site at www.oregonstudentaid.gov/oregon-promise.