Need-Based Financial Aid Programs | E3 Savings - Oregon Alliance
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You’ve worked hard to prepare for college and continue your education. Now, you can use E3 to leverage your earned income and make every dollar go eight times further – without taking on additional debt.

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E3 is not a loan. It is an income and need-based financial aid program. E3 is renewable for up to four years depending on on-going funding as long as students reapply and remain eligible.


E3 – Earn, Educate, Empower is an innovative, need-based financial aid program that pairs resources with eligible students pursuing a college education at one of Oregon’s leading private colleges and universities. E3 makes college more affordable by matching savings at a 8:1 ratio, giving students a total of $4,500 to use for tuition or approved educational expenses per enrollment year!


E3 allows income-eligible students to enroll in college and graduate with, if not lower loan debt, lower financial stress and more time to focus on academics. By doing so, E3 increases access for Oregon’s fastest growing group of students, allowing them to acquire a lifetime asset and change the course of not only their future, but their family’s.


Finally, E3’s first tenet – Earn – foregrounds the importance of financial habit building, so that the program can also Educate and Empower Oregon’s next generation of successful scholars, businesspersons, creators, innovators and leaders.


E3 is a program of The Alliance, administered in partnership with CASA of Oregon.

Partner Institutions

For the 2017-18 academic year, partner institutions have the capacity to serve a greater number of E3 participants.

Corban University


Pacific University


Warner Pacific College

Warner Pacific

First come, first serve application process. Don’t delay to determine if you are eligible.

Through funding from The Alliance, E3 is available to a limited number of eligible students attending or planning to attend the following participating Alliance member institutions.

Concordia University
Corban University
George Fox University
Lewis & Clark College

Linfield College
Marylhurst University
Northwest Christian University
Pacific University

University of Portland
Warner Pacific College
Willamette University

E3 builds on the success of the Alliance’s participation in the Matched College Savings Program (a program of CASA of Oregon). Read what students have to say about MCSP…

How does it work?


Create a Savings Plan Agreement (we help you!)

 Once you are enrolled:

Complete 4 hours of financial education courses and a Personal Development Plan

Make deposits from earned income, based on your customized Savings Plan

Use your funds to pay for college

The goal is to have students enrolled and graduated from E3 within a 12-month period and if funding is available, repeat the process for a maximum four-year period. A student enrolled in E3 for four years has the opportunity to access a total of $18,000 in savings and match for college! To re enroll, they must qualify and re apply each enrollment year. Availability will vary by institution.

Applying Student
First come, first serve application process. Don’t delay to determine if you are eligible.