Prepare for College

Preparing for college can be exciting and a bit scary; especially if you are a first generation college student!  No worries, this page has most of the information you will need to get started!  Just remember the high school counseling office also has many great resources you should utilize. ANY of your teachers would be happy to give advice and help you prepare for the next step in your education!

Updated 5/2023

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Federal & State Financial Aid

Local Scholarships & Grants

Statewide/National Scholarships and Grants

Community Colleges

Oregon Promise - Going to a four year university may not be the best choice for you.  Attending a local community college and then transferring to a four year university may be an easier transition and save you lots of money! For instance the Oregon Promise will cover all your tuitions for the first two years of community college if you meet requirements of the program.  *Once you declare a major it is important that you start talking with the university you intend to transfer to right away so you know what courses you need to take at the community college.  You don't want to waste time/money taking courses that won't transfer! 

Central Oregon Community College: 

Portland Community College: 

Clackamas Community College: 

Mt. Hood Community College:

Columbia Gorge Community College: 

Blue Mountain Community College: 

Oregon Public Universities

Portland State University: 

Oregon State University: 

Western Oregon University: 

Eastern Oregon University: 

Southern Oregon University: 

University of Oregon: 

Oregon Institute of Science and Technology: 

Tips for Preparing for College

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Summer Before Twelfth Grade

Twelfth Grade


“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho