Cost of Attendance (COA)


​Cost of Attendance Summaries

​What is the Cost of Attendance (COA) at Shasta College?​
The COA is a standardize budget established and applied to all applicants based on the students residency status and information submitted on the FAFSA. We use the standard COA when awarding Financial Aid to students. This also means that we cannot over-award a students COA. These projections are provided to assist students in planning and budgeting in order to attend Shasta College financially prepared. We highly recommend that all students evaluate their true income and expenses, as the amounts listed below may not fit every students financial situation. 

For budgeting resources, please visit the following link:

​​What is Financial Need?
Most financial aid awards are based on financial need, which is the difference between the COA and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC.)
  • Financial need is calculated by subtracting the EFC from the COA. The resulting number is called financial need this is the maximum funding that can be received for the current academic year.
  • "Need" is not necessarily the amount of funding you will receive. 

​What is Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?​
The EFC is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by the Department of Education.
  • The information you submit on your FAFSA is used to determine your EFC. 
  • The information included in the calculation is the following: your dependency status, family size, number of family members attending college, taxed income, untaxed income and assets. 
  • Colleges are required use the EFC to determine your federal student aid eligibility and financial aid award. 
  • Your EFC is NOT the amount of money your family will have to pay for college.   

For more information about the EFC, see The Guide to Federal Student Aid.​

​Net Price Calculator​

Net Price Calculator
The estimate provided using this calculator does not represent a final determination, or actual award, of financial assistance, or a final net price; it is an estimate based on price of attendance and financial aid provided to students in a previous year. Price of attendance and financial aid availability change year to year​.
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