2017 ORS 341.522¹
Oregon Promise program
  • grant for tuition for recent graduates who meet criteria
  • rules
  • report

(1) The Office of Student Access and Completion shall administer the Oregon Promise program as provided by this section.

(2) Subject to subsections (7) to (10) of this section, the office shall provide a grant for community college courses to a person who meets the criteria described in subsections (3) to (6) of this section. The grant shall be limited as provided by subsections (7) to (10) of this section.

(3) A grant shall be awarded under this section to a person who meets the following criteria:

(a) Is enrolled in courses that are:

(A) Offered at a community college in this state; and

(B) Determined by the office, in accordance with rules adopted by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, to be required for completion of:

(i) A one-year curriculum for students who plan to transfer to another post-secondary institution of education;

(ii) An associate degree; or

(iii) A program in career and technical education;

(b) Has been a resident of this state for at least 12 months prior to enrolling in the courses described in paragraph (a) of this subsection;

(c) Attained the person’s highest level of education in this state prior to:

(A) Receiving a diploma under ORS 329.451 (High school diploma);

(B) Receiving a certificate for passing an approved high school equivalency test such as the General Educational Development (GED) test as provided by ORS 350.175 (Certificates for passing approved high school equivalency tests);

(C) Completing grade 12 in compliance with the requirements of ORS 339.035 (Teaching by private teacher, parent or guardian); or

(D) Completing grade 12 at a private or parochial school, as described in ORS 339.030 (Exemptions from compulsory school attendance) (1)(a);

(d) Except as provided in subsections (4) and (5) of this section, attained the person’s highest level of education as described in paragraph (c) of this subsection within six months from the date that the person first enrolls in courses described in paragraph (a) of this subsection for the purpose of receiving a grant under this section;

(e) Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better in high school or otherwise demonstrated an equivalent academic ability, as determined by the office according to rules adopted by the commission;

(f) Completed and submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for each academic year and accepted all state and federal aid grants available to the person, if eligible to file the application; and

(g) Has not completed either of the following:

(A) More than a total of 90 credit hours, or the equivalent, at a post-secondary institution of education; or

(B) A curriculum, degree or program, as described in paragraph (a)(B) of this subsection.

(4)(a) If a person otherwise meets the required criteria and has been awarded a grant under subsection (3) of this section, but the person enters into service with a career and technical student organization relating to agriculture or farming that is approved by the Department of Education under ORS 344.077 (Career and Technical Student Organization Grant Program) within six months after the person attained the person’s highest level of education as described in subsection (3)(c) of this section, the person will continue to be eligible to receive the grant if the person first enrolls in courses described in subsection (3)(a) of this section within six months of finishing the person’s service with the career and technical student organization.

(b) In addition to the situation described in paragraph (a) of this subsection, the commission may waive the requirement set forth in subsection (3)(d) of this section for a person who shows that the person was unable to timely enroll in courses described in subsection (3)(a) of this section due to a significant hardship. The commission may adopt rules to implement this paragraph.

(5) A member of the Oregon National Guard who has completed initial active duty training is not required to comply with the criteria set forth in subsection (3)(d) of this section in order to receive a grant, provided that the member first enrolls in courses described in subsection (3)(a) of this section within six months after completing initial active duty training, as evidenced by an official form issued by the United States Department of Defense.

(6)(a) A person continues to remain eligible to receive a grant under this section if the person, in addition to satisfying the criteria specified in subsection (3) of this section, meets the following criteria:

(A) Maintains at least the minimum cumulative grade point average prescribed by the commission based on federal aid grant requirements;

(B) Makes satisfactory academic progress toward a curriculum, degree or program, as described in subsection (3)(a)(B) of this section, as prescribed by the commission based on federal aid grant requirements;

(C) Enrolls in courses described in subsection (3)(a) of this section for a sufficient number of credit hours to be considered at least a half-time student each term for at least three terms in each consecutive academic year; and

(D) Completes a first-year experience, as identified by the community college and reported by the community college to the commission.

(b) A person who fails to meet an eligibility requirement described in paragraph (a) of this subsection becomes ineligible to receive a grant under this section for the term after which the person fails to meet the eligibility requirement, unless the eligibility requirement is waived by the office according to rules adopted by the commission.

(7)(a) The total amount of a grant awarded under this section shall be based on each term that a person is enrolled in courses described in subsection (3)(a) of this section. Except as provided in subsections (9) and (10) of this section, after the amount of tuition for the person for the term is reduced by any amounts received by the person in state and federal aid grants, the person shall be eligible for a grant under this section in an amount that equals:

(A) Except as provided by paragraphs (b) and (c) of this subsection, not less than the greater of:

(i) $1,000; and

(ii) The person’s actual cost for tuition.

(B) Not more than the lesser of:

(i) The average cost of tuition at a community college in this state, as determined by the office; and

(ii) The person’s actual cost for tuition.

(b) The amount of a grant, as calculated under paragraph (a) of this subsection, shall be reduced by $50 for each term that the person receives a grant under this section.

(c) The minimum amount of a grant, as calculated under paragraph (a) of this subsection, may be prorated for a person who is enrolled in courses described in subsection (3)(a) of this section for a sufficient number of credit hours to be considered at least a half-time student but not a full-time student.

(d) The commission may prescribe by rule whether to include fees, and any limitations related to the inclusion of fees, when determining the actual cost of tuition or the average cost of tuition under this subsection.

(8) The commission may adopt by rule the priority by which grants are awarded, which may allow for preference to be given to persons enrolled in school districts or high schools that meet specified criteria.

(9) Prior to the start of the fall term of each academic year, the commission shall determine whether there are sufficient moneys to award a grant under this section to each person who meets the criteria described in subsections (3) to (6) of this section. On the basis of this determination the commission may:

(a) Limit eligibility to receive a grant under this section to a person whose family contribution, as determined by the commission by rule, is at or below the level the commission determines is necessary to allow the commission to operate the Oregon Promise program with available moneys; or

(b) Reduce or eliminate any limitation on eligibility previously imposed by the commission under paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(10)(a) If at any time the commission determines that there are insufficient moneys to provide a grant to each person who has been awarded a grant under this section, the commission may:

(A) Decrease the total amount of the grant awarded; or

(B) Increase the amount that a person must pay under subsection (7)(b) of this section for each term that the person receives a grant under this section.

(b) If at any time the commission determines that the amount of moneys available to operate the Oregon Promise program exceeds the amount determined under subsection (9) of this section, the commission may reduce or eliminate any limitation on eligibility to receive a grant under this section that was previously imposed by the commission under subsection (9)(a) of this section.

(c) The commission shall promptly notify the interim committees of the Legislative Assembly responsible for higher education each time the commission takes any action under paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection.

(11) The commission shall adopt any rules necessary for the administration of this section, including any requirements related to:

(a) Specifying the form and timelines for submitting an application for a grant under this section;

(b) Determining whether a person is eligible for a grant under this section, including whether the person shall be given priority as allowed under subsection (8) of this section;

(c) Implementing programs or policies that improve the academic success or completion rates for persons who receive a grant under this section;

(d) Prescribing eligibility requirements and grant calculations for persons dually enrolled in a community college and a public university; and

(e) Evaluating the impact of the program established under this section, including any requirements for reporting data needed for evaluations.

(12) No later than December 31 of each even-numbered year, the commission shall submit to an interim legislative committee related to education a report that summarizes the commission’s findings on the impact of the program established under this section. The report shall include:

(a) Student completion rates of curricula, degrees and programs described in subsection (3)(a)(B) of this section;

(b) The amount of federal aid grants received by persons who received a grant under this section;

(c) The financial impact of the program on school districts that had students receive a grant under this section;

(d) The financial impact and the enrollment impact of the program on community colleges and public universities in this state; and

(e) The overall success rate of the program and financial impact of the program. [2015 c.697 §2; 2016 c.75 §1; 2017 c.66 §18; 2017 c.697 §§1,2]

Note: The amendments to 341.522 (Oregon Promise program) by section 2, chapter 697, Oregon Laws 2017, first apply to Oregon Promise program grants awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year. See section 3, chapter 697, Oregon Laws 2017. The text that applies prior to the 2018-2019 academic year, including amendments by section 1, chapter 75, Oregon Laws 2016, section 18, chapter 66, Oregon Laws 2017, and section 1, chapter 697, Oregon Laws 2017, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

341.522 (Oregon Promise program). (1) The Office of Student Access and Completion shall administer the Oregon Promise program as provided by this section.

(2) Subject to subsections (6) to (9) of this section, the office shall provide a grant for community college courses to a person who meets the criteria described in subsections (3) to (5) of this section. The grant shall be limited as provided by subsections (6) to (9) of this section.

(3) A grant shall be awarded under this section to a person who meets the following criteria:

(a) Is enrolled in courses that are:

(A) Offered at a community college in this state; and

(B) Determined by the office, in accordance with rules adopted by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, to be required for completion of:

(i) A one-year curriculum for students who plan to transfer to another post-secondary institution of education;

(ii) An associate degree; or

(iii) A program in career and technical education;

(b) Has been a resident of this state for at least 12 months prior to enrolling in the courses described in paragraph (a) of this subsection;

(c) Attained the person’s highest level of education in this state prior to:

(A) Receiving a diploma under ORS 329.451 (High school diploma);

(B) Receiving a certificate for passing an approved high school equivalency test such as the General Educational Development (GED) test as provided by ORS 350.175 (Certificates for passing approved high school equivalency tests);

(C) Completing grade 12 in compliance with the requirements of ORS 339.035 (Teaching by private teacher, parent or guardian); or

(D) Completing grade 12 at a private or parochial school, as described in ORS 339.030 (Exemptions from compulsory school attendance) (1)(a);

(d) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, attained the person’s highest level of education as described in paragraph (c) of this subsection within six months from the date that the person first enrolls in courses described in paragraph (a) of this subsection for the purpose of receiving a grant under this section;

(e) Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better in high school or otherwise demonstrated an equivalent academic ability, as determined by the office according to rules adopted by the commission;

(f) Completed and submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for each academic year and accepted all state and federal aid grants available to the person, if eligible to file the application; and

(g) Has not completed either of the following:

(A) More than a total of 90 credit hours, or the equivalent, at a post-secondary institution of education; or

(B) A curriculum, degree or program, as described in paragraph (a)(B) of this subsection.

(4)(a) If a person otherwise meets the required criteria and has been awarded a grant under subsection (3) of this section, but the person enters into service with a career and technical student organization relating to agriculture or farming that is approved by the Department of Education under ORS 344.077 (Career and Technical Student Organization Grant Program) within six months after the person attained the person’s highest level of education as described in subsection (3)(c) of this section, the person will continue to be eligible to receive the grant if the person first enrolls in courses described in subsection (3)(a) of this section within six months of finishing the person’s service with the career and technical student organization.

(b) In addition to the situation described in paragraph (a) of this subsection, the commission may waive the requirement set forth in subsection (3)(d) of this section for a person who shows that the person was unable to timely enroll in courses described in subsection (3)(a) of this section due to a significant hardship. The commission may adopt rules to implement this paragraph.

(5)(a) A person continues to remain eligible to receive a grant under this section if the person, in addition to satisfying the criteria specified in subsection (3) of this section, meets the following criteria:

(A) Maintains at least the minimum cumulative grade point average prescribed by the commission based on federal aid grant requirements;

(B) Makes satisfactory academic progress toward a curriculum, degree or program, as described in subsection (3)(a)(B) of this section, as prescribed by the commission based on federal aid grant requirements;

(C) Enrolls in courses described in subsection (3)(a) of this section for a sufficient number of credit hours to be considered at least a half-time student each term for at least three terms in each consecutive academic year; and

(D) Completes a first-year experience, as identified by the community college and reported by the community college to the commission.

(b) A person who fails to meet an eligibility requirement described in paragraph (a) of this subsection becomes ineligible to receive a grant under this section for the term after which the person fails to meet the eligibility requirement, unless the eligibility requirement is waived by the office according to rules adopted by the commission.

(6)(a) The total amount of a grant awarded under this section shall be based on each term that a person is enrolled in courses described in subsection (3)(a) of this section. Except as provided in subsections (8) and (9) of this section, after the amount of tuition for the person for the term is reduced by any amounts received by the person in state and federal aid grants, the person shall be eligible for a grant under this section in an amount that equals:

(A) Except as provided by paragraphs (b) and (c) of this subsection, not less than the greater of:

(i) $1,000; and

(ii) The person’s actual cost for tuition.

(B) Not more than the lesser of:

(i) The average cost of tuition at a community college in this state, as determined by the office; and

(ii) The person’s actual cost for tuition.

(b) The amount of a grant, as calculated under paragraph (a) of this subsection, shall be reduced by $50 for each term that the person receives a grant under this section.

(c) The minimum amount of a grant, as calculated under paragraph (a) of this subsection, may be prorated for a person who is enrolled in courses described in subsection (3)(a) of this section for a sufficient number of credit hours to be considered at least a half-time student but not a full-time student.

(d) The commission may prescribe by rule whether to include fees, and any limitations related to the inclusion of fees, when determining the actual cost of tuition or the average cost of tuition under this subsection.

(7) The commission may adopt by rule the priority by which grants are awarded, which may allow for preference to be given to persons enrolled in school districts or high schools that meet specified criteria.

(8) Prior to the start of the fall term of each academic year, the commission shall determine whether there are sufficient moneys to award a grant under this section to each person who meets the criteria described in subsections (3) to (5) of this section. On the basis of this determination the commission may:

(a) Limit eligibility to receive a grant under this section to a person whose family contribution, as determined by the commission by rule, is at or below the level the commission determines is necessary to allow the commission to operate the Oregon Promise program with available moneys; or

(b) Reduce or eliminate any limitation on eligibility previously imposed by the commission under paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(9)(a) If at any time the commission determines that there are insufficient moneys to provide a grant to each person who has been awarded a grant under this section, the commission may:

(A) Decrease the total amount of the grant awarded; or

(B) Increase the amount that a person must pay under subsection (6)(b) of this section for each term that the person receives a grant under this section.

(b) If at any time the commission determines that the amount of moneys available to operate the Oregon Promise program exceeds the amount determined under subsection (8) of this section, the commission may reduce or eliminate any limitation on eligibility to receive a grant under this section that was previously imposed by the commission under subsection (8)(a) of this section.

(c) The commission shall promptly notify the interim committees of the Legislative Assembly responsible for higher education each time the commission takes any action under paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection.

(10) The commission shall adopt any rules necessary for the administration of this section, including any requirements related to:

(a) Specifying the form and timelines for submitting an application for a grant under this section;

(b) Determining whether a person is eligible for a grant under this section, including whether the person shall be given priority as allowed under subsection (7) of this section;

(c) Implementing programs or policies that improve the academic success or completion rates for persons who receive a grant under this section;

(d) Prescribing eligibility requirements and grant calculations for persons dually enrolled in a community college and a public university; and

(e) Evaluating the impact of the program established under this section, including any requirements for reporting data needed for evaluations.

(11) No later than December 31 of each even-numbered year, the commission shall submit to an interim legislative committee related to education a report that summarizes the commission’s findings on the impact of the program established under this section. The report shall include:

(a) Student completion rates of curricula, degrees and programs described in subsection (3)(a)(B) of this section;

(b) The amount of federal aid grants received by persons who received a grant under this section;

(c) The financial impact of the program on school districts that had students receive a grant under this section;

(d) The financial impact and the enrollment impact of the program on community colleges and public universities in this state; and

(e) The overall success rate of the program and financial impact of the program.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 341—Community Colleges, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors341.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.