Bridging the Gap to Higher Education

A college education can be one of the largest—and most rewarding—investments that a person can make. At the University of Oregon, we are committed to helping students access an affordable, life-changing degree through scholarships and financial aid.

Jasmine Jackson

“We can make a change, and it starts with one person. My scholarships are the reason I’m in college right now.”
Jasmine Jackson, Class of 2020
Hometown: Beaverton, Oregon
PathwayOregon and Diversity Excellence Scholar

Keeping the UO Affordable

Amount undergraduates receive each year
of undergraduates receive some type of scholarship or financial aid
of Ducks graduate debt free or owe less than $25K
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Jim Brooks
“It’s important for students to know that there are many scholarships available. Our office is here to help them navigate the system and connect them with opportunities to keep the UO affordable.”
Jim Brooks, assistant vice president and director of financial aid

Financial Aid and Scholarships


Based on merit, need, or a combination of both, scholarship awards do not need to be repaid after graduation.

Merit-based scholarships are based on prior academic performance. Other criteria may include leadership, activities, personal background, intended major, and career goals.

To be eligible for need-based scholarships at the UO, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Renewal FAFSA. If the government finds that you have financial need, you may be eligible for some need-based scholarships.

Whatever your situation, scholarships can be vital piece in helping fund your education and scholarly pursuits.

Laura Queen on the bridge looking at the Willamette River

“I’m so grateful to be here... This research is important, and I’m focusing on the Pacific Northwest. I feel like it’s giving back to where I was raised.”
Laura Queen, BS ‘19
Hometown: Corvallis, Oregon
PathwayOregon, Summit, and Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholar

Cole Conklin

“I wouldn’t be at the UO at all without scholarship support.”
Cole Conklin, BS ‘19
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
John Herman Pioneer Award Presidential Scholar

Brenden Tolar-Payne

“It was life changing. The support I’ve received inspires me to go on and donate to scholarships after I graduate.”
Brenden Tolar-Payne, Class of 2020
Hometown: Thornton, Colorado
Quest Scholar

Applying for Scholarships

In addition to scholarships offered by the UO Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, many individual UO schools and departments offer scholarships to students studying a specific major or discipline. There are also awards available related to interdisciplinary interests, or from organizations outside of the UO.

Scholarships are available from many places. While searching for them may take time, it can be well worth the effort.

Estimating and Budgeting

It is important to know how much money a typical student may need for school-related expenses, also referred to as cost of attendance. Compare this amount to your estimated eligibility for federal, state, and institutional aid, to begin guiding your financial planning for college.