four years free

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affordability in action

portland state is making oregon’s most affordable research university even more affordable by giving four years of free tuition to eligible oregon students. our four years free program is just one way we help you graduate on time with as little debt as possible.

it’s like getting a full scholarship but without a separate application. all applicants are automatically considered for four years free, no separate application is required.

four years free is an institutional aid program that covers standard tuition and mandatory fees for eligible oregon high school graduates who enroll full-time. the program covers remaining standard tuition and mandatory fees after financial aid is applied. initial awards are calculated at 15 credit hours per term and the amount is finalized at the end of the second week of the term when registration closes.

differential tuition and fees are assessed separately for certain academic programs and students are responsible for covering those additional charges. 

four years free money does not cover room and board, books and supplies, transportation, personal expenses, or the one-time matriculation fee.


students must meet all of the requirements below:

  • oregon resident
  • oregon high school graduate
  • 3.0 cumulative unweighted high school gpa
  • pell grant-eligible according to fafsa
  • first-time psu student
  • enroll full time (12 to 15 credits per term)
  • start in fall term

review the official four years free policy for more details on maintaining eligibility.


we want you to get as much financial support as possible when you submit your application to portland state. we will automatically consider you for four years free if you meet the eligibility requirements. make sure to meet these deadlines to stay on track: 

june 15

august 1

  • submit final high school transcripts
  • accept all state and federal grants*

*students who can't meet the august 1 deadline for accepting state and federal grants must notify the psu admissions office by august 1

four years free notification

students will be notified that they are enrolled in the four years free program via email and their financial award. the four years free program will cover the cost of standard tuition and most mandatory fees after the federal pell grant and oregon opportunity grant are applied. the four years free program fills the financial gap between what the university charges for most courses and the amount of a students' grants.

  • the one-time matriculation fee is not covered by the four years free program.
  • some courses have additional costs, such as lab fees. these are not covered by the four years free program. for more for more information about additional fees, review psu's tuition and fees.

maintaining four years free

students who are in the four years free program may continue receiving it throughout their undergraduate education (up to 12 consecutive terms of full time enrollment—summer term is not included in the program) by maintaining a minimum 2.0 cumulative gpa, remaining eligible for the pell grant and completing the fafsa each year by february 1.