OSU unveils new application fee deferral process

November 6th, 2009

For years, domestic undergraduate first year and transfer students who were unable to pay the $50.00 application fee have been able to seek an Oregon University System fee deferral (PDF). The deferral, which must be verified by a counselor or agency official, allows the student to transfer the application fee from an upfront cost to a fee that can be paid at the time of enrollment.

Note, the OUS fee deferral IS NOT a fee waiver. Students will be required to pay the fee (as mentioned above) upon enrollment.

The OSU Office of Admissions has unveiled a new process by which students can claim a fee deferral.

Step 1, determine whether or not you’re eligible:

Applicants seeking admission off of their high school record must meet one or more of the following:

1. Student is now eligible for, or participates in, a free- or reduced-lunch program.
2. Student now participates in or is eligible for a TRIO-type college preparatory program such as Upward Bound, Talent Search, EOP, HEP, etc.
3. Student is a current recipient of State of Oregon or U.S. Public Assistance.
4. Student is eligible for College Board fee waiver.

Students seeking admission off of their work at a two or four year regionally accredited college or university must meet one or more of the following:

1. I am a current participant in an Equal Opportunity Program (EOP), TRIO, or other similar program at the college or university I am currently attending.
Documentation Required: Signed and dated statement from the institution’s program director, including director’s name, signature, title, and phone number.

2. My Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is: $1,000 or lower
Documentation Required: Copy of Part One of your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the institution you are currently attending.

3. I am a current recipient of State of Oregon or U.S. Public Assistance (food stamps only or food stamps, cash, and medical assistance).
Documentation Required: Signed and dated statement from your caseworker.

4. I am currently classified as a dislocated worker.
Documentation Required: Copy of Determination of Dislocated Worker Form 1992B.

5. I have authorization and certification of entrance or re-entrance into rehabilitation.
Documentation Required: Federal form from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Step 2, apply for admission:

Complete your application as you normally would. When you are ready to complete your app, you will be taken to a payment option screen:

Payment Options Screen

Step 3, complete the online fee deferral form by checking the eligibility requirements that apply to you and filling out your counselor/agency official’s information (If you are first year student, use the first year checkboxes. If you are transfer student, use the transfer student checkboxes.) and submit your application:

Online Fee Deferral Form

Step 4, fax (541.737.2482) or mail (OSU Office of Admissions, 104 Kerr Admin Bldg, Corvallis, OR 97331) your completed and signed by an agency official/counselor OUS fee deferral form (PDF).

NOTE: we will not completely process your application or admit you until you have submitted the completed and signed OUS fee deferral form (PDF) for approval.

We hope that this will greatly streamline the process for claiming an OUS fee deferral. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call (1.800.291.4192) or email (osuadmit@oregonstate.edu) us directly.

-jm

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