For many students attending Shasta College this Fall their tuition will be free for their first two years as long as they are first-time, full-time students. A new program, called the Shasta College Promise Program, is providing students who previously may have avoided going to school due to financial considerations, another chance at obtaining a college education.

How to Qualify​ 

First-time Shasta College students who are California residents need to complete the following steps:

  1. App​​​​ly for Admission at Shasta College.
  2. Submit the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA), or the California Dream Act Application, for the 2020-2021 year.
  3. Complete a new student orientation and education plan.
  4. Submit t​he Shasta College Promise Program application (PDF) by emailing it to Becky Vargas Zerpa at and Jed Brock at Please allow 3-5 business days for processing.

In order to match the FAFSA with your student records, please verify that Shasta College has your accurate Social Security number on file and you have added Shasta College to your FAFSA.

If your social security number is not on file, please email the following three documents to

  1. A copy of your social security card
  2. A copy of an ID (government issued or high school ID)
  3. A completed Change of Information/Major Form


  • Be a California resident
  • Be a first-time student at Shasta College (never attended post-high school college courses)
  • Enroll as a full-time student (12+ units)
  • Complete the current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CDAA)
  • Complete the New Student Online Orientation
  • Meet with a counselor and complete an Education Plan
  • Complete Shasta College Promise Program application

Questions? We're here to help.

Please email any and all questions or documents to Becky Vargas Zerpa at and Jed Brock at

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12+ semester units is required to be considered full-time. This includes the summer semester.

The program covers the $46 per unit tuition fee. The student will be responsible for the Student Health and Campus fees that total $41.50. This is a one-time, flat-fee applied at time of registration each semester. The student will also be responsible for books and/or materials fees that are required for their classes as well as parking permits and student ID fees.

Yes, students will need to add Shasta College to their FAFSA to meet the FAFSA application requirement. Alternatively, if a student filled out the CDAA, they will need to add Shasta College to this as well.

Yes, the student must be a California resident or AB540 in our Shasta College system.

A student can take courses in the Summer term immediately prior to their first Fall term and still be considered as a first-time student.

Yes. Example: A student is awarded the grant for the Fall 2019 semester, they can enroll in the Summer 2019 semester and have their tuition fees covered under the same grant as long as they are enrolled in 12 or more units for both semesters.

Yes. But a full first year is considered summer > fall > spring.  So if student begins courses in the spring semester, that will be considered their first full year.  If a student returns in the following summer or fall, that would be considered the beginning of their second year.

Students will need to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units the week before the semester starts in order to retain eligibility. Students will receive automated notifications one to two weeks prior to the deadline reminding them to be enrolled in 12 units by that date. Waitlisted classes will not count towards the 12 unit requirement.

Yes, or set up a payment plan. If the grant is dropped from a student’s account and the student registers for more courses after the deadline, they can re-submit the Shasta College Promise Program application to have their status re-evaluated.

Yes. If a student chooses to leave a semester and return, their eligibility will not be extended.

As long as you remain eligible, you will receive a refund for the tuition portion of the fees. Refunds usually being two weeks after the add/drop deadline of the corresponding semester.

Yes. As long as you maintained the full-time requirement during the first year, you can qualify for the Shasta College Promise Program for the second year.


Last ​​​​​​​Updated July 2019​​​​​