4 Years Free College

Here are three great programs that all Oregon residents are eligible for post MEECA.

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(UofO) Oregon Pathways ( See below)

PSU covers tuition and fees for income-eligible Oregon freshmen starting in fall term

At Portland State, we want you to graduate on time with as little debt as possible. Allow us to introduce Four Years Free. If you are an eligible Oregon resident, we will cover standard tuition and mandatory fees. 


  • Current resident of Oregon
  • Graduate from an Oregon high school
  • Admissible to PSU as a first-year freshman for fall term
  • Have a 3.4 cumulative unweighted high school GPA
  • Eligible to receive a federal Pell grant as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Enrolled full-time at PSU, 12 to 15 credits per term

Covered Costs

If you qualify, you must apply for federal and state grants. The program covers remaining standard tuition and mandatory fees after financial aid is applied.

Application Deadlines

  • Submit the FAFSA by February 1 
    • PSU FAFSA school code: 003216
    • Accept all state and federal grants awarded
  • Apply to PSU by May 1
  • Submit all required admission materials 
    • Official high school transcripts
    • SAT or ACT scores  
  • Submit final transcripts by August 1 

    Four Years Means Four Years

    Students who receive the Four Years Free award can keep receiving it throughout their undergraduate education (up to 12 consecutive terms of enrollment) by maintaining a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, remaining eligible for the Pell Grant and completing the FAFSA each year by February 1.

    View frequently asked questions.

    University Of Oregon

    Award Overview

    PathwayOregon ensures that academically qualified, federal Pell Grant–eligible Oregonians will have their tuition and fees paid through a combination of federal, state, and university funds.

    Selection Criteria

    • Oregon residency

    • 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 a Federal Pell Grant as determined by the FAFSA

    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.

    How to Apply

    • Submit the University of Oregon admission application postmarked by January 15.
    • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor by February 15. List the UO as one of your school choices (Federal School Code 003223).

    Learn more about the PathwayOregon team of support and find answers to frequently asked questions.