Shasta College Promise Program
Free Tuition for Fall 2019


For many students attending Shasta College this Fall their tuition will be free for their first two years 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 2019-2020 year. 

3. Complete a new student orientation and education plan. 

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


** Please note: In order to match your 2019-20 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+ semester units is required every semester including summer. 


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: 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 ‘19 term meaning they can also enroll in Summer ’19 session under the same grant.


Q: In that case, would a student need to enroll full-time (12+ units) in that Summer session in order to remain eligible for the grant?

A: Yes. To be eligible for the Shasta College Promise Program, full time (12+ unit) status is required for every semester including Summer. 


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

     A: 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: 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. Students will receive automated notifications one and two weeks prior to the deadline 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 the deadline 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 Shasta College Promise Program 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: 7.2019