On December 12, 2012, the Shasta College Board of Trustees adopted a resolution which allows the college to waive the $46 a unit enrollment fee for “special admit” students. “Special admit” students are those K-12 students, generally at the high school level, who enroll in fewer than 12 units at the college, either on campus or at other locations like their high schools. In some cases, other fees, such as health and the student center fee, also could be waived depending on the location of the class.
Waiving fees for this group of students is permitted under the California Education Code and many community colleges across the state have had this waiver in place for years. Since special admit students are not eligible for other types of financial aid, such as Pell grants, the waiver offers low income students some assistance in paying for college costs. In addition, it creates an incentive for motivated students to begin college coursework while still in high school.
Shasta College has developed a new Educational Master Plan and Strategic Plan that will guide the direction of the district for the foreseeable future. In support of these planning agendas, the college had partnered with other educational institutions across its three-county service area to support providing college access to youth in the North State. Examples of these initiatives are Reach Higher Shasta and Expect More Tehama. The fee waiver will further these efforts by stimulating the enrollment of high school students in college classes.
“High school seniors in the College Connection program will benefit greatly because of the waiver. Since College Connection students can take up to 11 college units per semester, this means that they could complete almost an entire year of college tuition free,” Jody Solinski, Principal, College Connection.
College Connection is a one year alternative program that allows selected high school seniors to spend their senior year on the Shasta College campus and concurrently earn both high school and college credit.
-from press release