Shasta Promise Program - Free Tuition for Fall 2018


For many students attending Shasta College this Fall their tuition will be free for their first year as long as they are first-time, full-time students. A new program, called The Shasta College Promise Program, is providing students who previously may have avoided going to school due to financial considerations, another chance at obtaining a college education.

How to Qualify​ 

First-time Shasta College students who are California residents need to complete the following steps: 

1. App​​​​ly for Admission at Shasta College

2. Submit the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA), or the California Dream Act Application, for the 2018-2019 year 

3. Complete a new student orientation and education plan 

4. Submit the application for the Shasta Promise Program​. Please allow 3-5 business days for processing.


** Please note: In order to match your 18-19 FAFSA with your student records, you will need to verify that Shasta College has your accurate Social Security number on file and you have added Shasta College to your FAFSA.**



 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does a student qualify for this grant?

A: It must be a student’s first time at Shasta College and they must be enrolled full-time. The student must also complete all matriculation steps, be a California resident, and complete the current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dr​eam Act Application (CADAA).


Q: How many units do I have to take to be considered “full-time”?

      A: 12 or more units


Q: What if I am a part of a specialized program that has already approved my 'full time' to be 9 units rather than 12 units?


A: If a student is a part of a program such as Partners in Access to College Education for students with disabilities (PACE) or CalWORKs, and if they have met with a staff member who approved them for the exception, the student should notify the Enrollment Services Office as soon as they are able. As long as they have the verification with the specific program, then 9 units will be considered 'full time' for the purposes of this grant. 
Q: What does the grant cover?

A: The grant covers the $46 per unit tuition fee. The student will still be responsible for the Student Health and Campus fees that total $40.50 (This is a one-time, flat-fee applied at time of registration each primary semester), as well as any parking fees, or books or materials fees. ​


Q: Do I need to add Shasta College to my FAFSA?

A: Yes, students will need to add Shasta College to their FAFSA to meet the FAFSA application requirement. Alternatively, if a student filled out the CADAA, they will need to add Shasta College to this as well.


Q: Do I need to be a California resident to receive this award?

A: Yes, the student must be a California resident or AB540 in our Shasta College system.           


Q: What if I do not attend classes during the Fall, but start as a student during the Spring? 

​A: Due to the Carr Fire, Shasta College will make an exception for students who begin courses in Spring 2019. These students will have their spring, summer, and fall 2019 tuition covered by this grant (provided they are eligible based on the rest of the metrics).

Beginning the 2019-20 academic year, if a student begins courses in the spring semester, they will only have that spring's tuition covered. This is consistent with the Legislature, which allows Shasta College to cover a student's first year, defined as total of the summer term that immediately precedes the first semester and the two consecutive semesters that immediately follow that summer term.​

Q: Does a summer class disqualify a student’s first-time status for the Fall term?

A: It depends; a student can take courses in the Summer term immediately prior to the Fall term they intend on enrolling full-time in, and still be considered to be a first-time student.


Q: If a student qualifies for the grant in the Fall term, does it cover the summer prior as well?

A: Yes. Example: A student is awarded the grant for Fall ‘18 term meaning they can also enroll in Summer ’18 session under the same grant.


Q: In that case, would a student need to enroll full-time in that Summer session in order to remain eligible for the grant?

A: No. Summer enrollment is independent from the full-time requirement that is placed on the Fall and Spring semester.


Q: What if a student is waitlisted for some of their classes, and haven’t achieved full-time status by the time they register and pay? Will their tuition still be covered?

A: Students will need to be enrolled in 12 units the week before the semester starts to retain eligibility. For the Spring 2019 semester, the deadline will be January 15thStudents will receive automated notifications one and two weeks prior to this date reminding them to be enrolled in 12 units by that date.


Q: In that case, if a student isn’t able to get into their waitlisted classes and meet full-time status by August 13th for the Fall semester, would they be required to pay for the units they are enrolled in?

A: Yes, or set up a payment plan or drop the courses. If after the deadline they register for more courses, they can re-submit the First Year Tuition Free application to have their status re-evaluated.


Q: What if a student comes for Fall semester, sits out Spring semester, then returns the following Fall. Does the ‘first-year’ have to be consecutive semesters?

A: Yes. A student can be eligible for one calendar year. If they choose to leave a semester and return, their eligibility will not be extended.


If a staff member feels like there are extenuating circumstances that should be considered, please attach a written explanation to an application and submit to Enrollment Services, Room 124, or via email to



​​​​​​​Updated: 4.2018​​​