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Governor Brown signs expansion of tuition assistance for Oregon National Guardsmen

Gov signs TA bill

Oregon Rep. Mike McLain, House Minority Leader, speaks during a ceremony to mark the signing of House Bill 4035 June 16, 2018 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon. House Bill 4035 authorizes state tuition assistance for service members in the Oregon National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)

SALEM, Ore. --

With the signing of House Bill 2817 by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, members of the
Oregon National Guard will be able to receive Tuition Assistance at Oregon Health and Science
University (OHSU) and private institutions in addition to community colleges and public higher education
institutions.


This law will expand higher education grants to qualified members of the Oregon National Guard by
permitting grant(s) to be used for undergraduate degree program at OHSU or qualifying private post-
secondary institutions or for program or curriculum designed to lead to certificate of completion at
community college, public university, OHSU or qualifying private post-secondary institution.


The law states that “Grants provided under this section shall be awarded to a qualified student for up to
90 credit hours at a community college; or 180 credit hours at a public university and now 180 credit
hours at a qualifying private institution; or 180 credit hours at Oregon Health and Science University.”


This benefit will be available for the 2020-21 academic year. The provision of HB 2817 helps expand on
HB 4035 signed by Gov. Brown on April 3, 2018 that established Tuition Assistance to members of the
Oregon National Guard to attend public universities and community colleges, and began during the
2018-19 academic year.


Both laws require student to be in “Good standing” with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or
higher at OHSU or qualifying private and public intuitions at which they are enrolled.