Paying for College

We help you navigate creating a plan for paying for college, setting up a budget, understanding billing, financial aid, searching for scholarships and more!

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Financial Know-How

We believe in empowering you with the knowledge to make sound financial and career decisions. We know that figuring out how to pay for college can feel stressful and overwhelming, and that everyone has unique circumstances and needs; which is why we are here to help!

We want you to be focused on your education, not stressing about how to pay for it.

We have financial management workshops and trainings for every student focused on long-term and short-term planning. You're empowered with the knowledge to make a lifetime of sound financial and career decisions.

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Paying for college resources


The OSU Center for Advancing Financial Education (CAFE) offers free services to the OSU community and to individuals across Oregon. You can schedule a one-on-one appointment with a peer mentor to help you develop a plan to pay for college, learn about billing and costs, create a budget, understand your financial aid, search for scholarships, and more!

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Scholarships can play a major role in funding a student’s education. The College of Business offers scholarships to incoming, first-year and transfer students. There are nearly 2,000 College of Business and OSU-wide scholarships students can be considered for each year through our Scholarship system, ScholarDollars.

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Student Jobs

Did you know students are a major part of the OSU workforce?  Working for OSU in a student position is not only a great way to earn some money to help pay for your school expenses, but the jobs can be great resume builders and provide valuable experience for the future. All of the student jobs are posted on OSU’s HR website.

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Out-of-State Discounted Tuition Opportunity

Oregon State University is part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) network, a partnership that helps students in 18 U.S. states and territories with paying for college. WUE allows us to offer a tuition discount — the WUE scholarship — to out-of-state students. WUE limits non-resident tuition as a College of Business student to no more than 150% of in-state tuition rates; this translates to nearly $15,000 of savings per year. Eligible students are considered automatically for this competitive scholarship based on a holistic review of their application for admission.

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Top 5 Tips for Paying for College


1. Don't Assume

Every college/department/major has its own way of doing things; always find out what is true for your situation, and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

2. Plan Ahead

style="color:#fff;"Create an academic plan with the support of an advisor; use that information to assess your costs, create a paying for college plan, and a budget.

3. Apply Early, Every Year

Applications for financial aid (FAFSA/ORSAA) are available every year in October for the following academic year. For maximum consideration, complete it annually as soon as it's available (if eligible).

4. Borrow Wisely

Always accept scholarships and grants (free money!). If you plan to borrow, utilize federal student loans first and only borrow what you need.

5. Know Your Resources

Find resources that can help you save money and provide additional financial support (textbook lending programs, scholarships, student jobs, etc.)