Willamette Promise
  • When I register, my SSID said it is already in use.

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    If you have registered for the Willamette Promise in the past, you are already in our system. Please contact us and we can verify if you are registered or not and update any information as need be.

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  • I keep getting an error message when I register at WOU.

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    The "Error 100" is a common error students see. This error occurs when a student closes out their window or browser when they are directed to the Western Oregon Univerity registration page. The error will fix itself within a week of your initial registration date. After a week has passed, use this link to complete your registration with WOU. You will be asked to provide your legal first and last name, SSID, date of birth, citizenship status, and SSN.

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  • Will I receive any type of confirmation after I register?

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    When you complete your registration through ORSkills, you will receive a confirmation email with the email you used to register. When you complete your registration with WOU, a "Thank you for registering" window will appear confirming your registration. No email from WOU will be sent in regards to your registration.

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  • Do I have to provide my SSN?

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    Providing your SSN is not required but highly encouraged. When it comes time to register for college, financial aid, and scholarships, this information will be required.

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  • I forgot my username and password.

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    When students register for the Willamette Promise, no username or password is created.

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  • When and how do I pay my Willamette Promise fee?

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    Students will need to use this link to complete their payment for the Willamette Promise. Students can pay when they sign up for the program, or after they decide if they want to accept their grade or not. Payments are then recorded on their Willamette Promise account. Students are not required to make the payment if they are not accepting their grade. We require a one-time yearly fee of $30.00 for any number of classes taken in the school year. If you are in need of a fee waiver, please fill out and send to willamettepromise@wesd.org. You will find a copy of the waiver on the student payment page.

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  • Does Willamette Promise help students who are Free and Reduced Lunch?

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    Yes. You will find a copy of our fee waiver form on our student payment page. Please fill out and send to willamettepromise@wesd.org .

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  • Can I order an unofficial transcript?

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    No, however, we can provide you with information in regards to credits you earned and the grade. The transcript you order through Western Oregon University will always be an official transcript.

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  • Can I see my transcript without ordering one?

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    No, in order to view your transcript, you must order one from Western Oregon University. 

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  • How long does it take for my transcript request to be processed?

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    After requesting your transcript using this link, Western Oregon University requires 48 hours for your order to be processed. there is a "rush" transcript feature, however, that will require additional payment and is not free (rushed transcripts). This process can take longer too if a student has yet to complete their registration with WOU. If there are any complications or questions about the transcript process, students will need to contact Western Oregon University.

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  • How can I find out what credits I have earned so far?

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    You can find our one of two ways. You may contact your teacher and they can give you the information in regards to if you earned the credit for the class or not, or contact the Willamette promise and we can provide the same information to you.

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  • Will my transcript be automatically sent to my college/university?

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    No. In order for our college and or university to receive your transcript, you will need to request one from the institution your received credit from. Please refer to our Transcript and Transferability page for more information.

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  • Will my credit transfer to another college?

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    Every college and university accepts credits differently. Please refer to the Transfer and Transferability section for more information. Be sure you are in contact with the college(s) you are looking at and understand their policies when it comes to accepting dual credit.

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  • I need to correct/update my information. How do I do this?

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    Please contact the Willamette Promise and we are happy to update any information for you.

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  • What are the forms of Accelerated Credit in Oregon?

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    Dual Credit

    In Dual Credit courses, the high school teacher is qualified to act as a proxy faculty member for the college or university when teaching the course. These courses are sufficiently similar to enable the students to be described as "taking a course" from the post-secondary institution. Through ORS 340.310, HECC was charged with developing standards for dual credit and other high school-based college credit partnership programs.

    Sponsored Dual Credit

    In Sponsored Dual Credit courses, a high school teacher partners with a sponsoring faculty member at a college or university to offer the course. These courses are sufficiently similar to enable the student to be described as "taking a course" from the post-secondary institution. Through ORS 340.310, HECC has charged with developing standards for these sponsored dual credit programs.

    Assessment Based Learning Credit

    In Assessment Based Learning Credit, students do not enroll in a college course but are provided an opportunity to earn college credit by demonstrating they have achieved a course's learning outcomes. Through ORS 340.310, HECC has charged with developing standards for these assessment based learning credit programs.

    Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs

    Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs are offered by high schools across the state. Each year, colleges and universities in Oregon renew the Statewise AP and IB Course Credit Policy for these courses, and the HECC coordinates with Oregon campuses on making and publishing these updates.

    Expanded Options programs

    Expanded Options programs established by school districts provide opportunities for at-risk students to take courses at eligible post-secondary institutions. in 2005, Senate Bill 300 created the Expanded Options program to provide eligible high school students early entry into post-secondary education, with specific provisions and supports for at-risk students.

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  • What type of credit does WOU offer?

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    WOU offers Assessment Based Learning credits that do not have set add/drop dates for the course. To allow the "no risk" option for students we have developed a program that follows Sponsored Dual Credit standards with the exception of the registration and drop dates so that students have flexibility. Students must still register and participate in the course at the high school to be eligible for credits in this program, which differs from the true definition of ABL so we may ensure a rigorous experience or each student.

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  • Will the college credits I earn in high school save me and my parents money?

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    Yes! If you and your family are not paying or not paying much, for the college credits you earn in high school, chances are you will save money. Check with the colleges/universities that you are looking to attend to learn how the credit earned fits into the school's degree or certificate program.

    If you are sure which college or university you'll attend (or if you'll go to college at all), go ahead and find out how the credit counts at a nearby college or university anyway. Each college or university has a policy for accepting credits. How the college credit you earn in high school counts toward a degree or certificate may be different at each institution. Here is a useful website to help you: http://c3oregon.org.

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  • How will the college credit I earn in high school affect my Oregon Promise grant or scholarship?

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    College credits attempted in high school count toward the 90-credit maximum for the Oregon Promise grant. Other scholarships may also be affected by credits earned in high school. Once you have reached the 90-credit limit, you are no longer eligible for the Oregon Promise grant. Here is a link to a video about the Oregon Promise 90-credit limit to help you understand how this works. Oregon Promise: Explaining the 90-credit limit

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  • What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and why does it matter?

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    All college students who receive Financial Aid must make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward a degree in order to continue to receive financial aid. Although you may be taking college classes while still in high school, the college credits you earn in high school can be considered when a college calculates SAP. This is why it is important when you have the opportunity to accept or decline your WOU credit.

    If you took some college classes for credit in high school or during the summer between high school and college, but you didn't complete all the credit you started or didn't receive passing grades for some courses, you may receive a notice with a financial aid warning or suspension. If this happens, you should make an appeal to the Financial Aid Office. (See: How do I submit an appeal if I'm not meeting SAP standards? below) Remember, with WOU Assessment Based Learning Credits, you will not transcribe a failing grade, but you may with other types of Willamette Promise or other programs credits.

    There are typically three main components to SAP-GPA, pace, and timeframe.

    - Grade Point Average (GPA). The standard minimum GPA for SAP is 2.0. However, GPA requirements can vary by institution and even by departments within the same institution.

    -Pace. Academic pace refers to the percentage of credits attempted vs. credits earned each academic term to maintain SAP.

    - Timeframe. Timeframe refers to the maximum number of credits for which one can receive federal financial aid (i.e., Pell Grants). The timeframe is equal to 150% of the number of credits required to complete the degree or certificate you plan to earn. For example, if your associate degree program requires 90 credits of college-level work, federal financial aid would be available to you for up to 135 credits.

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  • College credits earned in high school and SAP.

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    All college credits you attempt - regardless of where or how they are paid for - are counted as part of your Satisfactory Academic Progress. If you receive low grades for college courses taken in high school, you may have SAP issues starting your first term of college. This can also happen if you take courses over the summer before your first year of college and don't complete them all or receive satisfactory grades.

    Students in short-term certificate programs, such as certificates that are available in various CTE programs, might only be eligible for one term of financial aid. Schools must also calculate a "remaining eligibility period" for all students who are eligible for subsidized student loans, and students lose access to subsidized loans once they exceed their program length.

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  • What can I do to avoid academic probation?

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    You should look for credits that fit into the degree or certification pathways that interest you. You should also ask lots of questions and watch for notices from the college and respond to requests for information right away. Don't wait until the first day of classes to ask questions. Counselors and financial aid advisor are all very busy during the first week or two of classes, and lines of students waiting for help are very long. In addition to the Financial Aid Office, you can get help from teachers, college admission counselors, academic advisors, or even the Admissions Office at the college or university you plan to attend.

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  • How do I submit an appeal if I'm not meeting SAP standards?

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    The US Department of Education requires all colleges and universities to establish, publish, and apply standards to monitor each student's progress toward completing a degree or certificate program. If your college or university notifies you that you aren't meeting SAP standards, you may be placed on financial aid warning or suspension and may temporarily lose your financial aid. Check with the Financial Aid Office to find out about your school's specific SAP policies, which can vary by school.

    Each college and university has an appeal process. Talk to the Financial aid Office right away if you are notified that you have been placed on financial aid warning or suspension. Financial Aid offers must follow specific rules and processes in calculating SAP. Some parts of the calculation are flexible and others are not.

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