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Shasta College students enrolling this fall will be eligible to receive their first two years of college tuition free! Previously, the Shasta College Promise Program provided all first-time, full-time students with their first year of college, tuition-free. For many students, this made an incredible difference in their ability to pursue higher education or to transfer on to a university. Now, the California Governor’s Office has updated California Assembly Bill 19 (AB-19) to allow for two years of free tuition for California Community College students. Moving forward this will also include tuition during any summer term which precedes a student’s first and second academic year.
To qualify for the program, first-time Shasta College students who are California residents need to apply for financial aid, register for 12 units or more and complete a new student orientation and education plan at the college. Students who participated in the Shasta College Promise Program last year (2018/19) will be eligible to receive their second year free under this updated program. Anyone who has completed a degree or certificate from a postsecondary institution will not be eligible for this program. Dual/concurrently enrolled high school students at Shasta College will still not pay any tuition for classes and will be eligible as first-time students for this program on graduation from high school. Concurrently enrolled students will still be responsible for paying the Student Health and Campus fees which total $40.50.
“This update is welcome news,” said Morris Rodrigue, VP Administrative Services at Shasta College. “We are excited to be able to extend the already successful Shasta College Promise Program to a full two years to further eliminate one of the financial barriers for anyone looking to attain a degree or certificate or transfer on to a 4-year university. Folks who previously may not have considered going to college to advance their career or move into a higher-paying job now have one less obstacle to deal with. For families looking to send someone to a university to attain a 4-year degree, this significantly reduces the financial impact of attaining that degree,” said Rodrigue.