An essay by Dr. Jennifer Sasser, gerontology program director, was published in the International Journal of Reminiscence and Lifelong Learning in January 2015.
Federal Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
The Federal Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) provide funds to eligible undergraduates who are admitted and enrolled in an eligible degree program. Eligibility is based on need as determined by your FAFSA. Applications are accepted throughout the academic year, although we recommend you apply early for the FSEOG funds, as they are limited.
Oregon Opportunity Grant Program
The Oregon Opportunity Grant Program provides funds to eligible Oregon resident undergraduates who are admitted to an eligible degree program and enrolled at least half-time. This also is a need-based program. The Office of Student Access and Completion determines your eligibility by analyzing your FAFSA. We recommend you apply early, as funds are limited.
Federal Work-Study Program
The Federal Work-Study Program provides wages for part-time jobs on campus. Federal work-study support is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are admitted to an eligible degree program and enrolled at least half-time. Need-based eligibility is determined by analyzing your FAFSA and also subject to you obtaining a position on campus.
The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students ($16,000 total for four-year programs, $8,000 total for graduate programs) who inten to teach in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant. Currently at Marylhurst, the TEACH Grant is only available to students in the MAT or M.Ed. programs.
Federal Perkins Loan Program
The Federal Perkins Loan Program provides long-term, low-interest loans to eligible undergraduate and graduate students admitted to an eligible degree program and enrolled at least half-time. Need-based eligibility is determined by analyzing your FAFSA. We recommend you apply early, as funds for this program are limited. Perkins loans have forgiveness programs for students going into certain fields, such as education, law enforcement, and volunteer service.
Federal Direct Loan Program
The Federal Direct Loan Program includes:
- Subsidized Stafford Loan – based on need; no interest charged while you're in school at least half-time
- Unsubsidized Stafford Loan – not based on need; interest begins accumulating immediately
- PLUS Loan for graduate students and parents of dependent undergraduate students – unsubsidized loans subject to credit approval that help pay for education expenses; interest begins accumulating immediately
Applications for federal loans are accepted throughout the academic year.