Cost of Attendance


What is the COA (Cost of Attendance) at Shasta College?
The COA is a standardized budget established and applied to all applicants. Students with similar circumstances will receive the same allowance for fees, books and supplies, room and board, personal expenses, and transportation. Below you will find COA for the active award years. Please click on the appropriate link for more information. 

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
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. Click on the following icon to access the Net Price Calculator: