Shasta College Promise Program
Free Tuition


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 2020-2021 year. 

3. Complete a new student orientation and education plan. 

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


** Please note: In order to match your 2020-21 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: Who is eligible for the Shasta College Promise Program?
A: Students must fulfill the following criteria to qualify for the Shasta College Promise Program:

  • Be a California resident
  • Be a first-time student at Shasta College (never attended post-high school college courses)
  • Enroll as a full-time student (12+ units)
  • Complete the current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA)
  • Complete the New Student Online Orientation
  • Meet with a counselor and complete an Education Plan
  • Complete Shasta College Promise Program application


Q: What is considered “full-time”?
A: 12+ semester units is required to be considered full-time. This includes the summer semester.


Q: What does the program cover?
A: The program covers the $46 per unit tuition fee. The student will 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 semester. The student will also be responsible for books and/or materials fees that are required for their classes as well as parking permits and student ID 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: If I take a summer course prior to my first Fall semester, does it disqualify me from being a first-time student for the Fall term?
A: A student can take courses in the Summer term immediately prior to their first Fall term and still be considered as a first-time student.


Q: If I decide to enroll full-time during the summer prior to my first fall semester, will my tuition fees be covered by the grant?
A: Yes. Example: A student is awarded the grant for the Fall 2019 semester, they can enroll in the Summer 2019 semester and have their tuition fees covered under the same grant as long as they are enrolled in 12 or more units for both semesters.


Q: If I do not attend classes during the Fall, can I qualify for the grant during the Spring?
A: Yes. But a full first year is considered summer > fall > spring.  So if student begins courses in the spring semester, that will be considered their first full year.  If a student returns in the following summer or fall, that would be considered the beginning of their second year.


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 a minimum of 12 units the week before the semester starts in order to retain eligibility. Students will receive automated notifications one to two weeks prior to the deadline reminding them to be enrolled in 12 units by that date. Waitlisted classes will not count towards the 12 unit requirement.


Q: If a student is not 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. If the grant is dropped from a student’s account and the student registers for more courses after the deadline, 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 two year have to be consecutive semesters?
A: Yes. If a student chooses to leave a semester and return, their eligibility will not be extended.


Q: If I have already paid for the upcoming semester, and I have completed all of the required steps, will I get a refund?
A: As long as you remain eligible, you will receive a refund for the tuition portion of the fees.  Refunds usually begin two weeks after the add/drop deadline.


Q: What if I received the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) my first year but I am not eligible for the CCPG my second year, can I receive the Shasta College Promise Program for my second year?
A: Yes. As long as you maintained the full-time requirement during the first year, you can qualify for the Shasta College Promise Program for the second year.


Q: If I received my First year Free at another California community college, am eligible to receive my second year free at Shasta College?
A: Yes.​


If you have questions, please contact us at (530) 242-7650, Admissions & Records, or via email to 

​​​​​​​Updated: 7.2019​​​​​​​