The state agency administers more than 400 private scholarships and public grant programs to help students pay for college education or training. Scholarship awards can be used at almost all postsecondary institutions.
OSAC offers each student an opportunity to apply for up to 20 scholarships using one common application and it’s free at www.GetCollegeFunds.org. Students new to the OSAC application process will set up their personal e-Student Profile, a student portal that is the source of application status messages and information to keep applicants appraised during the scholarship awarding season.
Students who submit an error-free application by Feb. 16 will qualify for a $500 Early Bird scholarship. Most errors are due to an incorrect transcript and high school seniors are advised to request their most recent (fall semester, 1st trimester, or 2nd quarter) transcript from their school’s registrar’s office as soon as possible to ensure the transcript arrives electronically at OSAC by the deadline. Transcripts for both college students and high school seniors may also be scanned and uploaded to the application to ensure they arrive by the deadline.
After submitting the application, students can check their e-Student Profiles to determine if their applications are valid with no errors, or learn of their errors and the deadline to submit corrections. Students who miss the Feb. 16 Early Bird deadline will have until the final submission deadline of Mar. 1.
Scholarships are available for 2010 graduating high school seniors, college and transfer students, older adults, single parents, and students with specific needs. Students can search the online catalog at www.GetCollegeFunds.org to find scholarships to meet their specific needs and interests such as the high school where they graduated, GPA, residency, academic interests, career choice, and employer/memberships.
A student without access to the Internet can request a paper application by contacting OSAC at (800) 452-8807.