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Oregon moves neediest to front of line for college funds

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon will begin offering college grants to the state's low- and middle-income students based on their level of need. That's a change from the former first-come, first served system.

The Oregonian reports that director Bob Brew of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission's Office of Student Access and Completion says students who filled out their application for aid the soonest would jump to the front of the line, provided they were Oregon residents with an annual family income of less than $70,000.

Brew says lower-income students tended to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid later. By then, the money might be gone.

State lawmakers changed the system in 2015 by adding more money to the fund and allowing the neediest students to be the first in line.

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