Glossary

TermDefinition
7th-semester transcriptSenior year transcript showing coursework and grades through the first semester, second quarter, or first trimester, depending on the school's calendar.
Academic yearThe time during which a school, college or university holds classes. These divisions may be called terms.
ACT (American College Testing Program)A nonprofit agency that designs and administers tests used by college and university admission offices. The ACT tests students’ ability in English, mathematics, reading, and reasoning.
Activities ChartOne-page chart required by the OSAC Application. List of activities in the area of leadership, decision-making, organizational skills and special recognition.
Alternative high schoolAn educational establishment with a curriculum and method that is nontraditional.
Application yearThe year of the fall term/semester following the scholarship deadline. For example, the application year is 2013 for scholarships applied for to be used in the 2013-14 academic year with an application deadline of March 1, 2013.
ASPIREAccess to Student Assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone. A mentoring program that helps middle school and high school student's access education and training beyond high school.
Bachelor's DegreeAn academic degree awarded for an undergraduate course or major that generally lasts for three or four years.
CIS (Career Information Service)The Oregon CIS is a computer program that lists information about careers, postsecondary educational training programs, and scholarships. This program is available in many high school counseling centers in Oregon and is updated annually.
DegreeAn academic award for completion of a course or major.
eAppFormer name of the OSAC Scholarship application.
Early BirdApplication submission date to receive early transcript review and the opportunity to win a $500 scholarship.
Eligible institutionOSAC can disburse scholarship funds to U.S. Title IV-eligible schools only. Schools that are not Title IV or are not in the U.S. are ineligible to receive scholarship funds.
Eligible noncitizenReside in the U.S. for other than a temporary purpose and intend to become (or have become) a permanent resident of the U.S.
Ethnic GroupA group of people whose members identify with each other, through a common heritage, often consisting of a common language, a common culture and/or an ideology that stresses common ancestry or endogamy.
Extra DocumentsAdditional documents submitted to meet a specific scholarship requirement.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)The federal application form that students must complete in order to apply for virtually all types of financial aid: Pell Grants, State Grants, Institutional Grants, Tuition Waivers, Work Study, and Loans.
First-time freshmanAn applicant who has not yet attended college after graduating from high school, earning a GED, or finishing home-schooling.
For-profit colleges/universitiesEducational institutions that are operated as businesses. Examples: Art Institute of Portland, University of Phoenix, Walden University, ITT Technical Institute
Four-year colleges/universitiesPublic, nonprofit, or for-profit institutions that offer academic degrees in undergraduate and/or postgraduate education (for example, bachelor's, master, or doctorate degree). Examples: University of Oregon, Willamette University, Stanford University.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)See FAFSA.
GEAR UPStudents from selected middle and high schools around the state engage in GEAR UP activities, enroll in an accredited U.S. college or university, and submit an OSAC application for the GEAR UP scholarship award. Students must have participated in GEAR UP program activities at school to enhance academic development. Activities include after school tutoring, college campus visits, financial aid awareness nights, and more. Statewide activities complement the efforts of school personnel.
GED (General Educational Development)General Educational Development (or GED) tests are a group of five subject tests which, when passed, certify that the taker has American high school-level academic skills.
GPA (Grade Point Average)Grade Point Average is the measure of a student's academic achievement; calculated by dividing the total number of grade points received by the total number attempted.
Graduate studentAn applicant who has or will have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to the start of fall term/semester of the application year and will be taking graduate-level classes in the application year.
Graduating seniorAn applicant who plans to (or has) graduate from high school prior to the fall term/semester of the application year. This can include high school juniors who will graduate early and those who graduated prior to the application deadline but during the current academic year
High School GPACumulative high school GPA provided by graduating high school seniors.
Home-schooled studentStudent educated at home by parents or structured program, rather than in the formal settings of public or private school.
How do I print the OSAC Scholarship Application form or Scholarship Application web pages?You will be able to print your filled out Scholarship Application form at the end of the online application from the OSAC Scholarship Application Status Check page ('Display/Print Scholarship Application form' link). To print an individual web page (for your reference), select the menu item "File" and then "Print" at the top of your browser, or click on the printer icon in your browser.
Legal nameA persons name given at birth or that has been declared the person's name by a court.
MajorA student's principal field of study.
Nonprofit colleges/universitiesEducational institutions that are not operated by government entities. They are operated as nonprofit organizations and may or may not be closely affiliated with or directly operated by religious organizations. Examples: Willamette University, Stanford University.
Official transcriptInstitution certified statement of your academic record.
Oregon ResidentResidency is usually established when an independent student or the parent of a dependent student has been in continuous residency in Oregon for 12 months before enrollment. For exceptions, such as tribal residency, or for more information, see
Oregon Scholarship ApplicationApplication for Oregon students and families to compete for over $17 million in scholarship awards.
OSAC - Oregon Student Access Commission (formerly Oregon Student Assistance Commission)The state agency in Oregon that oversees a growing number of scholarships and financial aid programs.
Permanent Street AddressThe current street address at which you reside, regardless of where mail is delivered.
Personal Statement/EssayFour personal statements are required by the OSAC Application. The Selection Committees use these statements as a tool to choose the right recipient.
PodcastDistribution of media files over the internet for playback on a mobile device or a personal computer.
PostsecondaryThe stage of learning that occurs after high school at universities, academies, colleges, seminaries, and institutes of technology.
Prior recipientAn applicant who has been awarded a specific scholarship in a year prior to the application year. A specific scholarship may be restricted to graduating high school seniors and prior recipients of that specific scholarship.
Public colleges/universitiesThese are funded primarily through state government entities. Examples: Portland Community College, University of Oregon.
Remaining NeedEstimated college costs minus EFC (FAFSA– Expected Family Contribution) minus estimated Federal/State Grants/Vet benefits.
SAT 2Standardized test for college admissions in the United States. Combined total of two SAT scores: critical reading and mathematics. Scores are student reported.
SAT 3Standardized test for college admissions in the United States. Combined total of three SAT scores: critical reading, mathematics, and writing. Scores are student reported.
Scholar SnappThe Scholar Snapp web-based solution lets students apply for a scholarship online and then automatically re-use that information for other scholarship applications without retyping their data.
Social Security Number (SSN)Nine-digit number issued to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and temporary (working) residents under section 205©(2) of the Social Security Act.
State of legal residenceThe state of your fixed and permanent residence.
Student profile/dashboardLogin page for OSAC Application, updates and scholarship tracking.
SubmitFinalize and place application into competition.
Term/semesterA division of an academic year.
Test ApplicantApplicant creating OSAC Application for purpose other than submission.
TranscriptThe official record of a student’s high school or college coursework and grades. A transcript is usually required as part of the college admission process.
Transfer CreditsEducational experiences or courses taken from one university but granted credit at another institution.
Two-year collegesUsually called a community college, junior college, technical college, or city college. For OSAC scholarship purposes, these are public institutions that offers associate's degrees, diplomas, and vocational certificates. Examples: Portland Community College, City College of San Francisco.
U.S. institutionsPublic or private (both nonprofit and for-profit) schools that are eligible to participate in Title IV federal student aid programs and are based in the U.S.
Undergraduate studentAn applicant who has earned college credit after graduating from high school, earning a GED, or finishing home-schooling and will not have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to the start of fall term/semester of the application year.
Unweighted GPAThe unweighted GPA is the average of all class grades based on a 4.0 scale. Regardless of class level, each class is graded on the same point system.
UploadElectronically transfer a document or file.
Year in CollegeThe year in college the student expects to enter in the coming academic year.