Thanks to the many generous donors, we are able to offer Survive and Thrive funds to students throughout the year. The application is closed now. Please check back again for future opportunities. 

Students can only apply during a semester they are currently enrolled in. Please see our FAQ's below to learn more about whether or not you are eligible for this funding, how students hear back, and more.

If you are a community member or staff who wants to help donate to this fund to help our students not only survive, but to thrive, then please scroll to the bottom of the page to help contribute to this valuable cause. 

For additional resources, please visit Financial Aid and Community Resources.

Survive & Thrive Application

Thanks for your interest! The application is now CLOSED. Please check back again for future opportunities.

Applicant FAQs

Shasta College students who:

  1. Are currently enrolled in six (6) or more units during the Fall 2021 semester 


  2. Have not already received a Survive & Thrive award during the Fall 2021 semester 


  3. Meet specific Financial Aid criteria, as detailed below. (Note: If you’re not certain if you meet the following criteria, please still feel free to apply – we’ll contact you to let you know whether or not you’re receiving an award.) 

    To be eligible, you must have:
    • An Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $10,000 or less, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act* 


    • An unmet need of $5,000 or greater.

*Haven’t completed one of these applications? Please visit Apply for Financial Aid and contact the Financial Aid office via email at or phone at (530) 242-7650 if you have questions about the process.

Typical processing time is 4-8 business days (excludes holidays and weekends).

Unless you’ve indicated that you do not have reliable email access, you will be notified of your award status via email. If you do not see a response within the expected timeframe, please check your spam folder before contacting us.

Unless you specify that you do not have reliable access to email, notice of your award status will typically be sent via email within 4-8 business days (excludes holidays and weekends) of submitting your application. If you do not see a response within the expected timeframe, please check your spam folder before contacting us.

Depending on the availability of funds, the typical award amount is $250.00.

Yes. It will appear as "FNDST Survive and Thrive."

Unfortunately, funding for this program is limited, and some students may not meet the Financial Aid criteria as outlined in “Who’s Eligible to Apply?” Therefore, applications may be denied due to not meeting eligibility award criteria or lack of funds. 

If you have not done so already, we strongly encourage to Apply for Financial Aid. If you have any questions about the financial aid application process, you can contact the Financial Aid office via email at or phone at (530) 242-7650.

No, an award from this fund does not need to be repaid.

A wonderful way to “pay it forward,” however, would be to submit a short note, photo, or video of thanks along with a release form (PDF) to Sharing the impact that this type of funding makes in students’ lives helps us to continue raising funds for programs like these! 

Please contact us if you have any questions about how to submit your thanks.

Why Donate to Survive & Thrive?

In the last three years Shasta College students have collectively experienced some of the greatest challenges our state, nation, and now world have faced. Fires, snow storms, global pandemics…yet, our students still struggle on. Many are suffering from survivor fatigue. Strong willed, but with spirits and finances battered many sacrifice life’s essentials just to attend class and earn their degree. We at the Shasta College Foundation believe that there’s a better way.

We believe that it’s not enough just to survive. Just like you, we want our students to thrive! So, we’re asking you to come alongside with us as we start a fund that can help with basic life necessities for our students such as food, transportation (gas cards, bus passes), and clothing.

Help our students survive AND thrive. Join us today and make a donation to the Shasta College Student Survive AND Thrive Fund.​

How to Donate

  • Funding Online: Donate online by debit or credit card payment via PayPal. Select "Student Survive and Thrive Fund" from the dropdown menu on our PayPal donation website.
  • Giving by Check: Please address the check to the "Shasta College Foundation," indicate that the contribution is for the "Student Survive and Thrive Fund" in the memo line, and mail it to:

Attn: Shasta College Foundation
P.O. Box 496006
Redding, CA 96049


If you would like to explore your giving options further or if you have any questions, please​ contact us at​ or (530) 242-7512.

Shasta College Foundation Tax Information

The Shasta College Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, Tax ID #68-0363349. Please contact your tax professional today to find out how charitable giving could impact you.