Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is PathwayOregon?
A: 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.

Q: How do I apply?
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

Q: How long are Pathway students eligible for support?
A: As long as students remain eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, they are provided tuition and fees for twelve terms of attendance. Students remain eligible for the academic and personal support until they graduate.

Q: If I am a PathwayOregon student, may I receive additional grants and scholarships?
A: Yes. Many PathwayOregon students receive grants or scholarships beyond the cost of tuition and fees. Your financial aid award letter will list any other scholarships or grants you are eligible to receive. Most students are offered a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study.

Q: Can I still get financial aid if I am not eligible for PathwayOregon?
A: 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 by completing the FAFSA by February 15 to ensure processing by the March 1 deadline.

Q: If I am a PathwayOregon student, will my financial aid award include loans?
A: Maybe. PathwayOregon promises that an eligible student’s tuition and fees will be covered without loans. However, a PathwayOregon student’s financial aid award may include loans to cover other costs, such as housing and food, books and supplies, and personal expenses.

Q: Do part-time or dual-enrollment students qualify for PathwayOregon?
No. Only full-time students enrolled at the UO for a minimum of twelve credits receive PathwayOregon.

Q: How is the PathwayOregon program funded?
A: Resources for PathwayOregon come from federal, state, and University of Oregon programs, including funds provided through private donations.

Q: Is the $200 admission deposit covered by Pathway?
A: As a PathwayOregon Scholar, your $200 Intent to Register fee is covered by the program. In order to have the $200 fee covered by the program, when you are completing the Intent to Register, you will need to defer the deposit to your first university bill for fall. You should complete your Intent to Register and defer your deposit as follows:

  1. Login to DuckWeb
  2. Click on “Admissions Menu”
  3. Select “Intent to Register Form”
  4. 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.”
  5. Click Submit

Q: I am an incoming PathwayOregon student and I already paid my $200 deposit. Since PathwayOregon covers my $200 deposit, how can I go about getting a refund?
If you are a PathwayOregon student and you’ve already paid your deposit, you may request a refund by emailing Please be sure to include your name and ID number with your request.

Q: Is the $300 IntroDUCKtion (new student orientation) fee covered by the PathwayOregon Program?
Yes. All PathwayOregon students are granted a waiver for the $300 IntroDUCKtion fee. When you register for IntroDUCKtion, you will not be required to pay anything.

Q: What is work study?
Work study is a form of federal financial aid that allows students to work on campus to earn money to pay for books, living expenses, or other expenses related to your education. Students that are interested in finding a campus job may view and apply for open opportunities on Handshake, UO’s campus job board at