For students who are not able to pay their tuition balance in full at the time of registration, Shasta College has partnered with Nelnet to offer students another option. Nelnet is a company that specializes in campus commerce to make payments easy for students and their families. 


To be eligible for participation of a Nelnet Payment Plan, students must meet the following requirements: 

  • Be a student for the semester in which the payment plan will be used
  • Must not have defaulted on a prior payment plan

What are advantag​es of the payment plan? 

  • Convenient and easy online enrollment
  • Allows a student's balance to be split over several months
  • Payment plans are interest free
  • Payment plans take into account pending financial aid
  • No credit check required

How do students access a payment plan?

Log in to MyShasta and select the Student Finance tab. On the next page, select Payment Plan Setup Link, where you can then select Proceed to Processor to be directed to the Nelnet Payment Plan website.

What are the costs associated with the payment plan? 

  • There is a $25 nonrefundable enrollment fee each semester a student chooses to utilize the payment plan option​. 
  • Students can choose to add a bank account or a credit card where the payments will be drawn from. If a student opts to use a credit card, they will have to pay a service fee of 2.75% per transaction.
  • There will be a $30 returned payment fee if a payment is returned. 

How are students notified of payment information? 

After a student sets up their agreement, they will have a chance to print out all of the agreement information

Additionally, students will receive a confirmation email or letter of payment amount and due dates. Students will NOT receive a bill each month from Nelnet.

What if a student has financial aid? 

If a student has sufficient financial aid funds to cover semester charges in full, they do not need to take advantage of the payment plan option. Please review your financial aid award letter, and contact the Enrollment Services office at (530) 242-7650 if you are unsure. Financial aid disbursements will pay off tuition balance, so please note that students will not receive financial aid funds until after their balance has been paid off.

Can students who live in the dorms utilize the payment plan option? 

A student who would like to live in the dorms should contact the Student Housing Office at (530) 242-7739. Students will have to register for tuition first, and then their dorm charges will be added to their account so it can be rolled into an existing payment plan.​

Past Semester Balances

If a student owes a past due balance for a semester(s) within the last year and a half, they can set up a payment plan through their MyShasta account.  Plans available range from 2-12 months.  ​There will be a set up fee of $30-50 for each plan depending on how many months they select for their payment plan.  There will be a 25% down payment required to set up past due payment plans. 

If a student owes a past due balance for a semester(s) prior to ​a year and half, they will need to contact Elsa Gomez at (530) 242-7663 and for information on setting up a payment plan.  

Payment Plan Cancellation

We understand there are situations where a payment plan may need to be cancelled. When considering if you should cancel your payment plan, please keep the following in mind:

  • Students are still responsible for any balance due after the plan has been cancelled.  
  • We are unable to stop a Nelnet payment from being processed after it has been scheduled. Nelnet schedules payments prior to your selected payment date: 
    • 10 days prior for checking accounts.
    • 2 days prior for all credit card payments.
    • If the payment plan is not cancelled prior to Nelnet’s scheduled timeframe, Nelnet will attempt to collect the payment from your account. 
  • A Delinquent Debt hold will be immediately place on your account after the plan is cancelled which restricts your ability to register, drop classes and see grades.  
  • To register for future semesters, the amount on your account will need to be paid in full or another payment plan will need to be set up. When setting up a new payment plan, you will be required to pay 25% down of your remaining balance as well as another non-refundable set-up fee.  

If you need to cancel your payment plan, please contact Elsa Gomez at (530) 242-7663 and

Contact Us

For further questions, feel free to reach out to the Enrollment Services office at (530) 242-7663 or Elsa Gomez at (530) 242-7663 and