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Education After High School

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Types of schools, degrees and certifications

Explore the types of colleges, universities and trade schools available, as well as types of degrees and certifications you can earn. 


Umpqua Community College
View areas of study that include certificates and degrees

Thinking of going to college?
Learn about your options at these virtual UCC events.

This page also includes information about:


Financial aid

College application process

Scroll though the various sections in this page to learn more! 


Apprenticeships, Vocational and Trade Schools

Vocational schools in Oregon prepare students for careers in healthcare, legal services, cosmetology, skilled trades, and other in-demand fields. 

Oregon Goes to College
One-stop link to access information the different colleges and degrees in Oregon (public and private)

Gear Up

Federal aid, podcasts, majors and more

The College Board
Find colleges based on location, majors, and answering questions about your ideal college experience

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Start preparing now

From kindergarten through senior year, students can do many things to prepare for life after high school.



  • SAT
    Research SAT testing dates and registration deadline

      Practice tests here

  • ACT
    Research ACT testing dates and registration deadlines

      Practice tests here


Paying for college

Paying for college

Scholarships and financial aid opportunities await students looking for help with the costs of school.

Financial Aid

  • CSS Profile
    Online application for nonfederal student financial aid

    • $25 fee for initial CSS Profile and one college or program; additional reports are $16

    • Fee waiver information


Oregon Promise Grant helps cover tuition at any Oregon community college for recent high school and GED test graduates (FAFSA/ORSAA + OP app). Learn more here 

Student Child Care Grant assists parents enrolled in post-secondary education in obtaining  child care while parent completes academic programs. Learn more here 

Oregon Opportunity Grant  is a need-based grant program for college students (based on your FAFSA or ORSAA - separate application not needed). Learn more here

Chafee Education and Training Grant
helps current or former foster care youth with post-secondary education and training. Learn more here

Applying for college

How to apply 

Once you're ready to apply to a school, consider visiting the location and research the process involved.


  • Umpqua Community College
    Course Catalog

  • UCC
    Learn how to apply and sign up for classes


Click here for videos on how to apply to other Oregon colleges/universities 

  • College Board
    Use this campus visit checklist to make the most of your trip.

  • Oregon Goes to College
    Helpful guide on what to do before you apply, the application process and potential application fees. 

Confused? Listen here for help!

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