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Oregon is home to many of the country’s top online schools, including Oregon State University, which is globally renowned for its online offerings. OSU offers 20 undergraduate programs entirely online, including four new degrees as they continue to expand their online footprint. Additionally, Oregon has reciprocity agreements with several other western states, allowing students to pursue online education throughout the region at in-state tuition rates.

But before we dive into our list of best online colleges in OR for 2016, let’s start with the state of higher education and online education in particular in Oregon today.


A Brief Overview of Higher Education in Oregon

In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that Oregon had 65 degree-granting institutions, broken down as follows: 26 public schools, 24 nonprofits and 15 for-profits. From Spring 2013 to Spring 2014 enrollment at Oregon’s Title IV, degree-granting institutions increased by 5.2%.

The total number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the ’12-’13 school year at these schools was: 16,583 at public schools, 5,043 at private nonprofits and 459 at private for-profits.

Tuition-wise, the College Board found that, in the ’15-’16 school year, the average in-state tuition and fees for four-year public schools was $9,370, while the out-of-state average was $28,400.

As for the state’s financial aid efforts, the National Association of State Student Grant & Aid Programs (NASSGAP) reported that Oregon awarded $55.3 million in need-based grants for the ’13-’14 school year. Grants make up 8.8% of the state’s total fiscal support for higher education. Over the same year, Oregon awarded out $91 million in tuition waivers. The Center on Budget and Policies Priorities reported that from 2013 to 2014 there was a 9.7% increase ($347) in state spending per student in Oregon.


The State of Online Higher Education in Oregon

The NCES estimates that at least 8.9% of students enrolled in Oregon’s Title IV institutions are in fully online programs. Of those, 84% were reported to be undergraduates and 70.5% were found to be living in Oregon.

One of the premier distance learning initiatives in the state is the Oregon Community College Distance Learning Association (OCCDLA). The organization is largely committed to helping students take courses remotely via the many Oregon community colleges that fall under its banner ― this is typically termed a course exchange, wherein students are already enrolled at one OCCDLA institution and opt to take remote courses at another, often at a reduced rate. The organization is also a platform for educators and administrators to collectively raise the standards of the online courses offered by all OCCDLA schools. This sort of initiative is emblematic of the state’s commitment to excellent, readily available distance courses.

Oregon is also part of the SARA regional education compact known as the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). The WICHE Internet Course Exchange (ICE) offers opportunities for state residents, through their local college or university, to access high quality distance programs offered at out-of-state WICHE institutions, often at greatly reduced rates.


Best Online Colleges in Oregon

Below, you will find our rankings of the best online four-year programs in Oregon. Our profiles look at how schools approach online education and then list out their services for distance students and their popular, fully online degrees. After reviewing our best of Oregon, explore our state resources, like a database of every college and university in Oregon or our index of popular in-state scholarships.

Want to know what it takes to make our rankings? Check out our distinct approach.

Methodology

To determine the best online colleges in each state, we examined the factors most important to prospective students: Academic quality and reputation, online program strength, and cost and student aid. At the most basic level, we use the following formula to determine the best online colleges: Academic Quality + Online Offerings + Cost and Student Aid = Final Score. Of course, there's more to these calculations than meets the eye. Visit our methodology page to discover the data points that shape our formula and to learn more about the process we use to rank schools.

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Oregon State University

1
Oregon State University
Corvallis
$8,322
$23,514

An Online Education at Oregon State University

The Ecampus at OSU uses the Blackboard Learn learning management system to grant access to online classes. Course materials, including reading materials, syllabi and assignments, are accessed in this virtual classroom; instructors often enhance course content with streaming video, multimedia presentations and podcasts. Collaboration with peers is facilitated by chatrooms and instructor-led bulletin boards.

Ecampus offers nearly 30 undergraduate degree programs that can be earned exclusively online.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.S. Agricultural Sciences
  • B.A./B.S. Business Administration
  • B.S. Environmental Economics and Policy
  • B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
  • B.A. German
  • B.A./B.S. Liberal Studies
  • B.A./B.S. Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Graduate students enjoy an equally broad selection of online degrees.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Education (Ed.M.)
  • Master of Counseling (School concentration)
  • Master of Science: Science of Mathematics Education
  • Master of Natural Resources
  • Radiation Health Physics (M.S. or M.H.P)
  • Professional Science Master's in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration
  • MBA - Executive Leadership

Generous support services to distance education students include free online live-chat tutoring from NetTutor; its writing lab also provides critiques within a 24- to 48-hour turnaround. Students are also welcome at the campus writing center, math learning center and the Valley Library Collaborative Learning Center for additional help.

For technical assistance, students have a broad safety net that can address all of the technological components in use. A gradual transition from Blackboard to Canvas is scheduled to launch in 2015 and extra technical support is in place.

Contact Information

1500 S.W. Jefferson
Corvallis, OR 97331
(541) 737-0123


Acclaim for online programs

  • #5on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • Named among Great Value Colleges 30 Best Online Colleges

Corban University

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Corban University
Salem
$27,431

An Online Education at Corban University

Corban is a small, private Catholic school that offers traditional campus-based education to undergraduate and graduate students. Corban's distance education program is targeted to working adults who have attended some school and cultivated significant experience but lack a bachelor's degree in their field. Its accelerated degree completion programs are delivered exclusively online, allowing participants to quickly complete a degree without losing time at work.

All online classes are delivered via the Converge distance learning platform. Classes are sequential, asynchronous and delivered in 5-week sessions. Pre-loaded iPads containing course outlines, textbooks and all class material are supplied to every online student. Applicants must have completed 30 credit hours of study at another accredited institution to be considered for admission; lifetime experience credits may be granted. Students follow the curriculum in cohorts. Admitted students who have not yet completed 60 hours of general education classes must do so through the Corban Accelerated Online program prior to joining a cohort.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Healthcare Administration, B.A.
  • Organizational Leadership, B.A.
  • Psychology: Family Studies, B.A.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Business Administration, M.B.A. (tracks in Human Resources Management, Management, and Non-Profit Management)
  • Divinity, M.Div.
  • Christian Leadership, M.A.

Because the nature of postgraduate study in some fields requires face-to-face learning, it's difficult to deliver all subjects via distance education. Corban offers two hybrid programs that blend online coursework with campus-based internships and practica: the M.A. in Counseling and the M.Ed. in Education with specialty tracks in Curriculum and Instruction, TESOL, and Literacy.

Contact Information

5000 Deer Park Dr SE
Salem, OR 97317-9392
(503) 581-8600

Northwest Christian University

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Northwest Christian University
Eugene
$24,930

An Online Education at Northwest Christian University

Northwest Christian University is a private liberal arts college offering both online bachelor's and online graduate degrees. The distance education program for bachelor's degrees uses the Moodle platform, featuring live and recorded lectures and bulletin board communications. The graduate program uses Savant Learning Systems, which includes recorded lectures and built in tablet integration.

NWCU's online learning program has offered fully remote bachelor's degrees since 2008, and its graduate degrees can be completed in 12-14 months. Admissions are considered on a rolling deadline, and fully archived video lectures means students are able to learn at their own pace. The smaller class sizes ensure more reliable communication and attention from instructors.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor's in Psychology
  • Bachelor's in Business Administration
  • Bachelor's in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor's in Accounting
  • Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Technology

Contact Information

828 E. 11th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401-3745
(541) 343-1641

Oregon Institute of Technology

4
Oregon Institute of Technology
Klamath Falls
$8,548
$22,188

An Online Education at Oregon Institute of Technology

Oregon Tech Online targets its educational offerings to working adults. Complete degree programs at the undergraduate level are available, and students returning to school have numerous degree completion options. Working professionals seeking additional licensure may also earn credentials in this flexible learning format.

Classes are asynchronous and are delivered in 10-week sessions. OIT employs the Blackboard Learn platform for its coursework; instructors populate this tool with instructions, syllabi, reading material, assignments, activities and chat boards for discussion. Generally, students must log in to their classes at least once a week. The occasional need for real-time instruction is managed in the Collaboration web conferencing utility. Tech support is available from the Help Desk, open until 9 on weeknights and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Applied Psychology
  • Information Technology
  • Operations Management (OM)
  • Technology & Management B.A.S.

Degree-completion programs are a popular choice for distance learners, allowing working adults to finish bachelor's degrees without taking time off from work.

Contact Information

3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97601-8801
(541) 885-1000

Marylhurst University

5
Marylhurst University
Marylhurst
$19,665

An Online Education at Marylhurst University

Marylhurst's student body is mostly composed of working adults who want to complete an undergraduate program, start a graduate degree or earn credentials that will enhance their abilities in the workplace. As such, its course offerings are designed for busy students who need alternative educational options. Distance education at Marylhurst fits that bill and is available exclusively online or in hybrid blends of both traditional classroom attendance and online coursework.

Students in any program are welcome to take online classes; for those who prefer to pursue an entire degree online, Marylhurst offers accelerated bachelor's degree programs. In a nod to the working background typical of Marylhurst's students, up to 45 credits of prior learning assessment may be awarded toward an undergraduate degree.

All classes are administered via the Moodle distance education platform; supplemental classroom technology includes Google Apps, Blackboard Collaborate, Turnitin and Zoom. Instructors provide reading material, lectures via multimedia or streaming video, and assignments; in turn, students are responsible for weekly completion of assignments, participation in forum discussions and collaboration with instructors and peers.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BA in English Literature & New Media
  • BS in Business Management
  • BS in Real Estate Studies
  • BS in Sustainable Business
  • BAS in Business Management

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MS in Food Systems & Society
  • Master of Business Administration
  • MBA in Health Care Management
  • MBA in Real Estate
  • MBA in Sustainable Business/Green MBA

Technical support is available until 7 p.m. on weeknights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Other resources for distance education students include full access to the digital Shoen Library, advising and academic coaching.

Contact Information

17600 Pacific Hwy (Hwy 43)
Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261
(503) 636-8141

Multnomah University

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Multnomah University
Portland
$21,850

An Online Education at Multnomah University

Multnomah University is a non-denominational Christian college offering both undergraduate and seminary degrees through online learning. Using the Canvas learning management system and Athenos, Multnomah online programs feature integrated video conferences with lectures and coursework. Small class sizes ensure weekly, if not daily, communication with instructors. A majority of online courses are condensed into 8-week structures, meaning the online route is the fastest method for degree completion.

Online courses are currently restricted to students in authorized states, a list which is growing alongside Multnomah University's online program. Contact their admissions office to find out if your state qualifies.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business and Organizational Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MA in Biblical Studies
  • MA in Christian Leadership
  • MA in Theological Studies
  • Master of Divinity

Contact Information

8435 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97220
(503) 255-0332

Linfield College

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Linfield College
McMinnville
$36,310

An Online Education at Linfield College

The online programs at Linfield College are designed for students who work full-time and require the flexibility of distance learning to complete their education. These students have attended some postsecondary school but do not hold a degree. For these enrollees, transfer credits and credit for life experiences may be granted toward degree completion.

Linfield is based out of McMinnville, OR, just over an hour southwest of Portland. In addition to online offerings, the school maintains two physical campuses: its main campus in McMinnville and its Portland based School of Nursing.

For online students, Linfield uses the Blackboard learning management system to administer courses. Instructors provide syllabi, content outlines, reading material and assignments; students study websites, multimedia presentations, simulations or streaming video to complete assignments and collaborate with peers. Classwork is asynchronous, allowing students to study when it is most convenient.

Support services for online students include the digitally optimized Linfield Library and librarian staff dedicated to distance learners, plus free tutoring through the Western eTutoring Consortium.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Business Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • RN to BSN

In addition, a number of professional certification programs may be earned entirely online, as well as the course requirements for undergraduate minors in environmental studies, health administration and global health.

Contact Information

900 SE Baker Street
McMinnville, OR 97128-6894
(800) 452-4176


Acclaim for online programs

  • #63U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs

Pacific University

8
Pacific University
Forest Grove
$37,024

An Online Education at Pacific University

Pacific University has only recently begun offering fully online degrees, starting with its 11-month Bachelor of Health Science program from the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership. The program is designed for the working adult, and features live lectures and interactive video conferences in a flipped classroom environment. Pacific University is a great place for people looking to advance their careers in healthcare while benefiting from the conveniences of a distance education.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Health Science

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Gerontology Graduate Certificate

Contact Information

2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(877) 722-8648

Warner Pacific College

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Warner Pacific College
Portland
$19,770

An Online Education at Warner Pacific College

Warner Pacific College's online courses are available through its Adult Degree Program, designed to provide flexible education options for adults with unpredictable or loaded schedules. The ADP uses a dashboard program to organize and distribute educational materials and assignments. Warner Pacific College offers six online degrees ranging from associate to master's and the university considers itself a 'Christ-centered learning community.' The school relies on standard application requirements to qualify potential students.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Associate of Arts in Organizational Dynamics
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Health Care Administration
  • Bachelor of Human Development

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Management & Organizational Leadership

Contact Information

2600 SE 98th Ave Ste 200
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 517-1550

Portland State University

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Portland State University
Portland
$7,878
$23,088

An Online Education at Portland State University

PSU students can take online courses at any time. Several departments have embraced distance learning, offering not only individual classes but entire degree programs delivered in an online format.

Online learning at PSU is administered via the Desire2Learn distance education platform. Content ranging from basic text to multimedia files is augmented by streaming video, and students collaborate with instructors and peers via chats, bulletin boards, email and the Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing tool. Due to state authorization regulations, PSU does not currently extend its online learning to residents of Arkansas, Minnesota or Maryland.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, option Management & Leadership
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, option Supply and Logistics Management
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Social Work

Additionally, adults who want to boost their skills in the workplace without committing to a degree may pursue continuing education courses online.

Contact Information

724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 725-3511


Acclaim for online programs

  • #86on U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Business Programs (excluding MBA)
  • #47in U.S. News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs

Eastern Oregon University

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Eastern Oregon University
La Grande
$7,590

An Online Education at Eastern Oregon University

The majority of online courses at EOU are delivered asynchronously via Blackboard, though students may also access their communications, view course assignments and take quizzes through the Canvas learning management system. Students access study materials and assignments when it is most convenient, completing class requirements on a weekly basis. Support services for online students include free eTutoring and use of the online writing laboratory, as well as full access to the Pierce Library. Some exams require a proctor, which requires the student to identify an approved local testing site.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Anthropology/Sociology
  • Business Administration
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Fire Services Administration (FSA)
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • History
  • Psychology

Undergraduates can also complete the degree requirements for 14 minors by attending online courses.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Education

Admission to EOU is rolling, and online students may begin class sessions at multiple points during the year. Transfer credits may be accepted from other accrediting academic institutions; other credits may be also awarded for lifetime experience. EOU is a military-friendly school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Contact Information

One University Blvd
La Grande, OR 97850
(541) 962-3672


Acclaim for online programs

  • #162on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate education Programs

Southern Oregon University

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Southern Oregon University
Ashland
$7,438
$19,900

An Online Education at Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University's online program is offered through the integrated Moodle system where assignments and lectures are accessible 24/7. Students interact with professors and classmates, complete coursework and take exams through Moodle. Each major requires its own prerequisite courses, many of which are not offered online by SOU and must be completed prior to applying. Aside from standard undergraduate and graduate degrees, Southern Oregon offers a handful of endorsement and licensure courses for postgraduates, ensuring that there are various options for a multitude of students. Course length is varied depending on your focused area of study.

Due to recently enacted federal regulations, SOU is not able to provide distance education to students in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Minnesota. The college is working to gain authorization in those states.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (emphasis in Management or Accounting, Concentration in Hospitality Management)
  • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Development
  • Bachelor of Innovation & Leadership

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master in Education/Continuing Teaching License
  • Master in Theatre Education with an Emphasis in Production & Design
  • Endorsement/Licensure Programs:
    • Nonprofit Management Certificate
    • Accounting Certificate
    • ReadOregon
    • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
    • Special Education

Contact Information

1250 Siskiyou Blvd
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 552-7672

Oregon State University - Cascades Campus

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Oregon State University - Cascades Campus
Bend

An Online Education at Oregon State University - Cascades Campus

Oregon State University has a renowned and highly respected online education program, and these courses are also available to students of the OSU-Cascades branch located in Bend. OSU's ECampus distance learning currently uses Blackboard to organize and implement classes, using a variety of multimedia tools to engage and educate students. OSU transitioned to the Canvas learning management system in fall 2015 to enhance the online experience and provide more technical support to students.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Anthropology
  • Business administration
  • Economics
  • Environmental economics and policy
  • History
  • Natural resources
  • Political science
  • Spanish

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Education (Ed.M.)
  • Master of Counseling (School concentration)
  • Master of Science: Science of Mathematics Education
  • Master of Natural Resources
  • Radiation Health Physics (M.S. or M.H.P)
  • Professional Science Master's in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration
  • MBA - Executive Leadership

Contact Information

2600 NW College Way Cascades Hall
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 322-3100


Acclaim for online programs

  • #5on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs

Most Affordable Online Colleges in Oregon

Below you’ll find our list of the best online colleges in OR (Oregon), sorted by the schools offering the lowest tuition.

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Methodology

Our list of the most affordable online colleges is based on in-state yearly tuition, or annual tuition rates if a school does not differentiate between in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition rates are based on a full course load each semester or term. All colleges on the list offer at least one bachelor's degree completion program available entirely online. Those institutions with the lowest tuition are ranked highest, providing prospective students with a true list of the most affordable online colleges in their state.

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Eastern Oregon University

1
Eastern Oregon University
La Grande
$7,530
$16,755

Portland State University

2
Portland State University
Portland
$7,878
$23,088

Oregon State University

3
Oregon State University
Corvallis
$8,322
$23,514

Oregon Institute of Technology

4
Oregon Institute of Technology
Klamath Falls
$8,548
$22,188

Marylhurst University

5
Marylhurst University
Marylhurst
$19,665

Corban University

6
Corban University
Salem
$27,431

Linfield College

7
Linfield College
McMinnville
$36,310


Scholarships and Financial Aid in Oregon

Bend Branch of AAUW Charles and Helen Weil Memorial

Deadline: rolling
Scholarship Amount $10,000 See Scholarship

Provided by the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion, this scholarship is open to students who graduate from Central Oregon Community College with a GPA of 3.25+. Students must enroll at least half time in a four-year public university.

Bob Hasson Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount $6,000 See Scholarship

Provided by the Oregon Collectors Association, this essay competition is open to Oregon high school seniors. First prize is $6,000; second prize is $4,000. The award may be used at any Oregon university, college, or trade school. Applicants must submit a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay on the subject of: “Credit in the 21st Century.”

Oregon Laurels Graduate Tuition Remission

Deadline: February 1, 2017
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

The Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship is open to students entering master’s programs at Portland State University. Recipients are chosen based on academic merit; other selection factors are financial need and commitment to student diversity. Recipients typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.7+. The award is $5,000 per year.

Oregon Laurels Scholarship

Deadline: December 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

The Oregon Laurels Undergraduate Scholarship is open to Portland State University freshmen with outstanding academic records. To be eligible, applicants must have a high school GPA of 3.75+ and an SAT score of 1200+ (ACT 27+). Priority consideration is given to Oregon residents. The award is $5,000 per year for up to 4 years.

Oregon State University & Cobalt Mortgage Dollars for Scholars Fund

Deadline: March 23, 2016
Scholarship Amount $1,000 See Scholarship

Open to undergraduate students who are admitted to or currently enrolled at Oregon State University. This scholarship is awarded based on academic merit, financial need, and factors including community service or leadership. Amount is $1,000.

Peer Mentor Scholarship

Deadline: January 15, 2017
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

The Peer Mentor Scholarship is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students at Portland State University. Students receiving this award will act as mentors in Freshman or Sophomore Inquiry courses. This is a time commitment of 20 hours per week. Applicants must have excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and a GPA of 3.25+.

Presidential Scholarship from Portland State University

Deadline: December 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

The Portland State University Presidential Scholarship is open to incoming freshmen with a GPA of 3.75+ and an SAT score of 1200+ (ACT 27+). Selection is competitive, and preference is given to Oregon residents. The award covers full tuition and fees for up to 4 years.

Scholastic Award

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $8,000 See Scholarship

Corban College automatically considers incoming transfer students for the Scholastic Award. Selection is based on academic merit. Students with a GPA of 3.3+ are eligible for $8,000 per year; Students with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.29 are eligible for $6,000 per year.


Higher Education Resources in Oregon