This document includes our program overview, resources developed by Marathon Scholars, our policies, rules, guidelines as well as phone numbers for community resources. If you get stuck, re-read the Family Handbook for ideas. We also have a Spanish language version, Family Handbook Spanish.
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Student Code of Conduct
- Review the Code of Conduct that all Scholars follow.
Marathon Scholars Scholarship
- Applying for funds for the upcoming year? Fill out the Scholarship Application.
Financial Aid Explained
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.
- CSS Profile
The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (often written as CSS PROFILE), short for the College Scholarship Service PROFILE, is an application distributed by the College Board in the United States allowing college students to apply for financial aid. It is primarily designed to give private member institutions of the College Board a closer look into the finances of a student and family. It is much more detailed than the FAFSA.
The Oregon State Aid Application or ORSAA is an alternative to the FAFSA for undocumented Oregon students, including students who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status or Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
The Office of Student Access and Completion or OSAC application is one application for over 500 scholarships. Students apply through OSAC for scholarships ranging from $1000 to $10,000 or more.
- Merit Based Aid
Scholarships a student receives based on how well they do in school. These are often given to students based on their GPA and test scores.
- Need Based Aid
Financial aid in the forms of grants, scholarships, and loans a student receives based on their parent’s income.
Types of Financial Aid:
- Scholarships - a grant or payment made to support a student's education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement.
- Grants - financial aid that doesn't have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund).
- Work-study - a work program through which you earn money to help you pay for school.
- Loans - borrowed money for college or career school; you must repay your loans, with interest.
- Oregon Opportunity Grant
Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) is Oregon's largest state-funded, need-based grant program for college students. For 2018-19, the maximum award amount is $2,600 at an Oregon community colleges and $3,200 at an Oregon public university or an Oregon-based private nonprofit 4-year college or university.
- Oregon Promise
This is a state grant that helps to cover tuition costs at any Oregon community college for recent high school graduates and GED® test graduates. Students must meet all eligibility criteria and complete an application process.
Admission Letters vs Financial Aid Award Letters
- Admission letters - are letters from the university that tell the student whether or not they have been admitted. Sometimes, these letters will also contain notifications of merit based scholarships you have received. However, this letter does not list all forms of financial aid you will receive.
- Financial Aid Award Letters - are letters from the university that state all federal, state, and institutional forms of financial aid you will receive if you attend this university. You will never be able to tell how much a college is going to cost you (the student) unless you receive your financial aid award letter. These letters are formatted differently for every university and are very hard to read if you aren’t accustomed to reading them. As soon as you receive this letter call the Marathon office so the College Program Director can walk through it with you line by line.