Degree Partnership Program

Oregon State University participates in the Degree Partnership Program with community colleges in Oregon and Hawaii. The program allows dual enrollment at both Oregon State and community colleges.

Program Overview

The Degree Partnership Program (DPP) promotes educational attainment and bachelor's degree completion by allowing students to be jointly admitted and concurrently enrolled at Oregon State University and Oregon or Hawaii community colleges. Oregon University System (OUS) institutions collectively offer over 50 partnerships with community colleges, as well as similar agreements among its own institutions and with Oregon Health and Science University.

Previously referred to as the "Dual Enrollment Program", the DPP was established in fall 1998 by Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College. Students complete a single admission application for both institutions and may combine credits for financial aid eligibility. They gain flexibility in completing a degree with access to more classes through the community college, on-site at OSU, and with online courses offered though Oregon State Ecampus.

The program is open to all U.S. citizens and residents pursuing their bachelor's degree. Many students in the program also earn an associate degree.

International students may also participate in the program but should be sure they meet our requirements for international students.

Program Goals

The goals of this partnership are to:

  • Improve student access, success, and baccalaureate degree completion.
  • Expand student options for college-level services and curriculum.
  • Improve academic program articulation.
  • Facilitate university/community college dual enrollment.

Advantages for Students

  • One application process and fee for admission to both institutions
  • Financial aid administered by one campus
  • Academic advising available on both campuses
  • Tuition savings for students
  • Greater access to more classes and flexibility in scheduling (Note: Graduate students are not eligible for DPP.)
  • Student services and college life on both campuses
  • Access to library and computer resources on both campuses
  • Easier transition from community college to university
  • Improved academic program articulation and course transfer

Oregon State and its DPP Partners Have the Following Requirements:

  • A Memo of Understanding (MOU) and Financial Aid Consortium Agreement to facilitate the exchange of student information.
  • Use of Oregon Financial Aid Exchange (OFAX or HFAX in Hawaii) for reporting student enrollment at both institutions for financial aid eligibility.
  • Use of electronic data interchange (EDI) for sending transcripts to OSU.
  • Whichever partner serves as the financial aid “home school” must use the National Student Clearinghouse for monthly enrollment reporting.
  • OSU maintains a link for each community college partner in its online admissions form.
  • Community college partners maintain DPP information on their websites and a link to the OSU DPP home page.

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