ORS 348.500¹
  • goals
  • financial aid instruction

(1) The Higher Education Coordinating Commission may establish Access to Student Assistance Programs in Reach of Everyone (ASPIRE) to provide information about financial aid and education and training options beyond high school to students in Oregon schools and colleges. The goals of the programs are to:

(a) Provide mentoring and resources to help students access education and training beyond high school;

(b) Help Oregon schools build a sustainable community of volunteer mentors; and

(c) Educate students and families about the scholarship application process and other options for paying for post-secondary education.

(2) The programs shall bring together students, school staff, community volunteers and parents to help students overcome obstacles to their continuing education. The programs may provide training, technical assistance and other resources to Oregon middle schools, high schools and colleges on how to establish a volunteer-based program. Adult volunteers who are trained through the program may provide mentoring, training and encouragement to students about post-secondary options and financial aid.

(3) Each year, the programs shall provide financial aid instruction to middle school, high school and college students and make the instruction available to the students’ families. The instruction should focus on areas of academic interest or career opportunities identified as particularly relevant to the students and provide information on apprenticeships or technical and occupational career pathways, with a focus on local apprenticeships or local technical and occupational career pathways.

(4) The financial aid instruction required under subsection (3) of this section must outline:

(a) The different types of student loans that are available to students attending post-secondary institutions of education;

(b) The potential use of individual development accounts established under ORS 458.675 (Legislative findings) to 458.700 (Authority of fiduciary organizations) to pay for post-secondary education; and

(c) The short-term and long-term economic impacts of each type of student loan or individual development account. [2007 c.293 §2; 2011 c.637 §169; 2013 c.747 §112; 2015 c.253 §1; 2017 c.66 §6]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 348—Student Aid; Education Stability Fund; Planning, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors348.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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.
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