Frequently Asked Questions
Most Frequently Asked Questions
Prospective and Incoming Students
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How do I apply and what is the selection criteria for the award?
You will be automatically considered for PathwayOregon when you:
Apply for UO admission by January 15
Complete the FAFSA by February 15 and include the UO (code 003223) as one of your college choices.
In order to receive the PathwayOregon award, incoming students must meet the following criteria:
Graduation from an Oregon high school in the last two years
Admission as a first-time freshmen
A minimum 3.40 cumulative high school grade point average on a 4.00 scale*
Eligible for the Federal Pell Grant
*Students who earn less than a 3.40 high school GPA but meet all other program eligibility criteria will be considered for the program on a space and funding available basis.
Can transfer students be PathwayOregon students?
Unfortunately, no. Only first-time students are eligible for the PathwayOregon award. Students who received college credit for coursework completed in high school are still considered first-time students.
When will I know if I’m eligible for PathwayOregon?
When you receive a financial aid offer letter, your PathwayOregon eligibility will appear as part of your financial aid package.
Is the $200 admission deposit covered by Pathway?
Yes, your $200 Intent to Register fee is covered by the program. To have the $200 fee covered by the program, you will need to defer the deposit to your first university bill for fall when you are completing the Intent to Register, by:
- Log in to DuckWeb
- Click on “Admissions Menu”
- Select “Intent to Register Form”
- Select the option that says, “Yes, I plan to enroll at the University of Oregon. From there you will want to select the button that says, “I request a deferment of the Advance Tuition Deposit, and I have applied for financial aid.”
- Click Submit
If you are a PathwayOregon student and you’ve already paid your deposit, you may request a refund by emailing email@example.com. Please be sure to include your name and ID number with your request.
Is the $350 IntroDUCKtion (new student orientation) fee covered by the PathwayOregon Program?
Yes. When you register for IntroDUCKtion, you will not be required to pay anything.
Program Overview & Eligibility
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What is PathwayOregon?
PathwayOregon is a promise that tuition and fees for academically qualified, Federal Pell Grant eligible Oregonians will be covered by federal, state, and university grants and scholarships for four years. Students also receive the academic and personal support that will enable them to succeed and graduate from the UO within twelve terms. In addition to financial support, PathwayOregon provides individualized advising for all PathwayOregon students. PathwayOregon advisors specialize in the Pathway award and serve as academic advisors.
Do I have to reapply for PathwayOregon every year?
No. Your eligibility for the award will be determined automatically by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. You do, however, need to submit the FAFSA every year to maintain Pell Grant eligibility.
How do I remain eligible for the Pathway Award?
To maintain eligibility, students must:
- Submit the FAFSA on time each year, and remain eligible for the Pell Grant
- Meet satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA and complete at least 67% of attempted coursework)
- Enroll in 12 credits each term
How do I fulfill the PathwayOregon Partnership Agreement?
The PathwayOregon Partnership Agreement defines helpful benchmarks for students: working with an advisor, creating an academic plan, and completing general education and major coursework requirements each year. Each year, you will be invited to a Community page with your cohort that will outline these benchmarks for you. Students can learn more about these annual benchmarks here.
How can I connect with other PathwayOregon students?
- Join our Mentoring Program (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Attend a PathwayOregon sponsored event or workshop
- Follow us on Instagram and keep an eye out for our weekly newsletters for up-to-date news and information!
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What does the PathwayOregon aid offer cover?
The UO promises to cover tuition and fees for all PathwayOregon recipients. These costs are covered through a combination of federal grants, state grants, and university scholarships and you will not have to pay back these grants and scholarships.
GEO study abroad tuition and fees can be paid for with your federal, state, and university grants and scholarships up to the cost of 15 credits at the UO. We encourage students interested in study abroad to plan ahead and apply for study abroad scholarships and work closely with financial aid and PathwayOregon advisors.
What does the PathwayOregon aid offer NOT cover?
The PathwayOregon award does not cover housing and other expenses like books, meals and supplies. Outside scholarships, work-study, or loans may be needed to cover other costs such as room and board, books, and supplies.
PathwayOregon funding may only be used during the academic year and does not cover summer tuition. Students interested in federal loans and other resources for summer term should apply for summer funding through the financial aid office. If you are a Diversity Excellence Scholar (DES), you should talk to a CMAE advisor about summer funding resources.
As a PathwayOregon student, which funds are used for tuition and what can be used for housing and other expenses?
How it works:
- First, we build your financial aid package with any federal and state grants, like the Federal Pell Grant and the Oregon Opportunity Grant (these will go to cover tuition expenses).
- After these grants are applied, your PathwayOregon financial aid package is completed with UO scholarship funds to ensure your tuition and fees are covered.
- Many PathwayOregon students receive grants or scholarships beyond the cost of tuition and fees. Your financial aid offer letter will list any other scholarships or grants you are automatically eligible to receive. Most students are offered a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Each year we encourage students to apply for additional scholarships that might help with expenses beyond tuition and fees.
See the Award Overview page for more details.
Where do I find a work-study job?
If you are offered work study as part of your financial aid offer, you can accept work-study on DuckWeb, find a position, and earn those funds. A great place to start is on Handshake, our campus job board, using the “work-study” filter. You don’t have to be eligible for work-study to get a campus job but if you are eligible and accept work-study, it can make you a more appealing candidate for certain positions.
Can I still receive financial aid if I am not eligible for PathwayOregon?
Absolutely. If you do not qualify for PathwayOregon, you will still be considered for grants, work-study programs, loans, and scholarships to help cover costs. The key is to apply for financial aid on time. This means you should complete the FAFSA by February 15 to ensure processing by the March 1 deadline.
If I’m having trouble with my FAFSA, where can I go for assistance?
A great way to begin is to set up an appointment with a PathwayOregon advisor by calling the front office at (541)346-3211. You can also explore the help section of the FAFSA website.
Advising & Support
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Who is my advisor?
PathwayOregon advisors are not assigned to individual students, rather we have a whole team of advisors ready to help you. You can request an appointment with a specific advisor if you prefer. You may also be assigned an advisor from another department on campus or choose to utilize any of the other advisors on campus.
What can I discuss with my PathwayOregon advisor?
Anything you want. During appointments, PathwayOregon advisors help our students with academic planning, interpreting student bills, accessing tutoring resources, or finding ways to connect on campus. If we don’t have an answer to your question, we’ll help you find the person who does.
How can I find additional academic support like tutoring or a major/program advisor?
The Office of Academic Advising keeps an updated list of campus advisors specializing in areas of studies or specific fields like our Health Professions Program. The Tutoring and Academic Engagement Center and many departments across campus offer additional resources for academic support.
I lost my PathwayOregon funding; can I still talk with an advisor?
Yes! Once you become a PathwayOregon student, you are always connected to the program and our advisors. Students remain eligible for the program’s academic and personal support until they graduate.
Registration & Academics
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What happens if I am not enrolled in 12 credits?
Whether you drop a course and go below 12 credits or enroll in under 12 credits, you will not be eligible to receive PathwayOregon funding if you are not a full-time student by the financial aid census date (Monday of week 2) each term. You should meet with a PathwayOregon advisor before changing your schedule to find out how it could affect your financial aid award.
Do part-time or dual-enrolled students qualify for PathwayOregon?
No. Only full-time students enrolled at the UO for a minimum of 12 credits receive PathwayOregon.
Can I take some time off from school and still receive PathwayOregon funding when I return?
Yes. PathwayOregon funding is offered to students for 12 terms over a five-year period (not including summer). Students may take up to three terms off without reducing the number of terms they are eligible to receive funding.