Welcome High School Seniors!!

​Planning for your education is an important step to your success. We look forward to helping you with your educational endeavors. This webpage will help you navigate the financial aid process during your Senior year in High School. We encourage you to complete the steps below and read through all the other financial aid webpages. If you have questions please email us at financialaid@shastacollege.edu  

We recommend you read through this webpage thoroughly (including the Tips and Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this page) and if you have any questions, please contact our office directly.

Thanks and we wish you a great first year of college!!


Steps To Apply for Financial Aid at Shasta College:

 Step 1: Apply For Admission to Shasta College

Submit your application for Shasta College by clicking the "Apply for Admissions"  menu item at the following website:  www.shastacollege.edu   
It is important for students to declare their educational goal and stay on track from start to finish. It is highly recommended that students meet with a counselor to discuss education/career goals as soon as possible.
Note: Include your social security number and use your legal name.

Step 2: Login To Your "MyShasta" Account:

Click the "MyShasta" menu item at the following website www.shastacollege.edu and then click on "First Time Users Click Here" to learn how to set up your account.​

Step 3: Submit the BOG Fee Waiver

Complete the online BOG Fee Waiver at least 3 days before registering for classes at the following website: www.shastacollege.edu/fa_bogfw 

Step 4: Submit your FAFSA Application

Beginning October 1st complete the FAFSA found at: www.fafsa.gov
Shasta College School Code:  001289 
Submit the 2017/18 FAFSA for: Fall-17, Spring-18 & Summer-18
Submit the 2018-19 FAFSA for: Summer-18, Fall-18, Spring-19 & Summer-19 

Step 5: Apply for Scholarships

 Apply for Shasta College Scholarships for Seniors; available in January on our Scholarships webpage.

Step 6: Submit Final High School Transcripts or Copy of Diploma

Submit your final high school transcripts and/or copy of your high school diploma to Admissions and Records as soon as possible.

Step 6: Submit Any Required Documents to the Financial Aid Office 

Beginning in March or April, your FAFSA information will be posted to your "MyShasta" account within 2 weeks of submitting your FAFSA to the federal processor. Check your "My Forms" though "MyShasta" for required forms needed to process your eligibility.

The Financial Aid Office will send the student an email notifying the student of next steps once the students FAFSA is received AND the Office has started processing that academic year's FAFSA's.

Step 7: Monitor Email and MyShasta Accounts

The email that Shasta College has on file for you is the main means of communication the Financial Aid Office uses to notify students of status updates. Please continue to monitor your personal email and My Shasta account throughout your enrollment with Shasta College.
 
If more documents are needed, the Financial Aid Office will notify you via email.

Step 8: Receive Award Letter Notification. 

Once your FAFSA has been verified and processed, you will receive an email notification letting you know your Award Letter is ready to view through your MyShasta Account. Your award letter is based on full time enrollment, anything less will be prorated.

Step 9: Receive a BankMobile Refund Selection Kit 

High School students will begin receiving their BankMobile Disbursements information by mail beginning late July. Visit BankMobile Disbursements for more information.

Step 10: Enroll

It is highly recommended for all students to register for their classes as soon as possible to ensure you can get the classes you need to stay on track with your educational goal.

Step 11: Check the Disbursement Schedule 

Check the disbursement schedule to see when the first possible disbursement will be for the semester your enroll. Remember that you must have an award listed on your award letter and be enrolled in active classes to receive any funds. The disbursement schedule can be found at: www.shastacollege.edu/fa_disbursements 

 

Tips for a Seamless Financial Aid Process: 

  1. Submit all  information  (social security number, date of birth, legal name, educational goal, etc...) accurately and completely on your Shasta College Application, FAFSA, BOG Fee Waiver Application and Scholarship Application. Discrepancies are the leading cause to Financial Aid processing delays.
  2. College students must have a government issued photo ID such as a driver's license, state photo ID, passport or military photo ID.
  3. Plan ahead and budget based on your financial situation. The Shasta College Financial Aid Cost of Attendance is a general COA and is not the case for every student. Financial Aid is designed to help offset educational expenses and will not cover all living expenses while in school. Visit our financial literacy page for budgeting resources: www.shastacollege.edu/fa_finlit
  4. Parents, it is OKAY to help your child through our process however we will need your childs' permission to release any personal identifiable information to you due to FERPA laws. 
  5. Complete all classes you attempt and stay on top of your academic progress and SAP status. If you do not complete all classes attempted you may become ineligible to receive Financial Aid. Read more on our SAP policy at: Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.pdf
  6. Basic to financial aid eligibility is the family as the main resource for postsecondary education. Students who have guardians, are foster youth, or wards of court should review the FAFSA definitions in completing the application. A parent's unwillingness to provide information on the FAFSA is not sufficient reason to provide only the student's information; if you have circumstances that you feel warrant additional consideration, please view our Dependency Request Forms at: www.shastacollege.edu/fa_forms17
  7. It is the students responsibility to stay informed of deadlines and other important information. Check the financial aid webpage regularly for important announcements. Read ALL the financial aid menu items to understand the financial aid process and eligibility guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Why am I considered a dependent even though I do not live with or receive financial support from my parents? The federal criterion for being an independent student does not take into consideration where a student lives or whether or not they provide their own support. Refer to "Section 2 -Student Dependency Status" on the FAFSA.
  2. If I am an emancipated minor or in a legal guardianship, am I considered an independent student? Yes. You will be required to provide documentation to the Financial Aid Office.
  3. Why do you need my prior transcripts? All prior Official College /University and Final High School Transcripts with the Graduation date should be on file with Admissions and Records when you apply for admittance. If they are not on file with Admissions and Records we must have ALL Transcripts from ALL Colleges or Universities you have attended no matter how long ago to complete the process of your financial aid file.