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A grant is gift aid that does not have to be repaid as long as eligibility is maintained. Whenever criteria and funding levels permit, a student's financial aid award includes grants.

Federal Pell Grants are federally funded awards. All financial aid applicants are required to apply for a Pell Grant each year by completing the FAFSA. Recipients must maintain good academic standing and make satisfactory academic progress. Eligibility for a Pell Grant is determined by the federal government according to a formula developed by the Department of Education and approved annually by Congress. All applicants are notified via a document, the "Student Aid Report" (SAR) of how much they qualify for up to the federal Pell Grant Maximum. The actual amount a student receives may be less than the SAR amount based on credits enrolled in. The amount is determined based on the student aid index and the cost of attendance at College of the Siskiyous.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are federally funded awards designed to supplement other sources of financial aid for students who qualify for additional assistance. All applicants are automatically considered for this award.
(*COS annual maximum is $400.)


The California CHAFEE Grant is free money for current or former California foster youth to assist with college costs for career or technical training. The grant can be used to pay for child care, rent and transportation while you are attending school. CHAFEE is a federal and state funded grant subject to yearly availability of funds. To qualify, you must:

  1. be a current or former foster youth
  2. not have reached your 26th birthday as of July 1 of the award year

To apply you must submit the California CHAFEE Grant Application, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADA) and your school submits the CHAFEE Needs Anaylsis Report (NAR). After you apply, the commission will review your FAFSA or CADA and CHAFEE Grant Application. The California Department of Social Services may verify your foster status. We will determine your financial aid eligibility. Once this is finished the commission will send you a letter if you are selected for an award. We will then verify payment eligibility and disburse the check to you. You must be enrolled in an eligible school, enrolled in at least half time, enroll in the program at least one academic year, attend class regularly and maintain your SAP.

California Dream Act

The California Dream Act allows undocumented and non-resident documented students who meet certain provisions to apply for the California College Promise Grant (formerly the Board of Governors Fee Waiver, BOGW) and Cal Grants. To apply complete the California Dream Act Application.

California College Promise Grant (Formerly the Board of Governors Fee Waiver, BOGW)

The California College Promise Grant is a state-sponsored program which waives the enrollment fees (currently $46 per unit) for qualifying students. Students qualify for the fee waiver if they meet the following criteria:

  • Method A: The student or student's family is receiving TANF/AFDC, SSI, or General Assistance. You are required to provide current proof of benefits when submitting your California College Promise Grant application to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Method B: The student meets the California College Promise Grant B income standards based on the 2022 poverty guideline thresholds. Please see 2024-2025 Income Standards below.
California College Promise Grant
2024-2025 Income Standards
Family Size Base Year Income
1 $21,870
2 $29,580
3 $37,290
4 $45,000
5 $52,710
6 $60,420
7 $68,130
8 $75,840
Each Addtional Family Member $7,710
  • Method C: The student has completed the FAFSA or Dream Application and received a current Student Aid Report (SAR), which documents eligibility. Even if the student is not eligible for federal financial aid, the student may still qualify for a fee waiver. Students must have at least $1,104 of unmet need.
  • Dependent of a deceased or disabled Veteran and does not exceed income levels required. This fee waiver is available through the local Veteran's Affairs Office.
    • Office Hours: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Monday - Thursday
      Location: 105 East Oberlin Rd, Yreka, CA 96097
      Phone: (530) 842-8010
  • You are eligible as a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor as a child of a recipient, or a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2011 terrorist attack.
  • You are eligible as a dependent of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty.

When you fill out a FAFSA, you are automatically applying for the California College Promise Grant and if eligible, this grant will be applied to your account upon receipt of your FAFSA. If you will not be filling out a FAFSA for the year, you can still apply for the California College Promise Grant using the paper form (English) (Spanish). Please be sure to send your completed application to from your student email for processing.

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, students must now maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to remain eligible for the California Promise Grant. If you have lost your eligibility for the California College Promise Grant, please fill submit a Loss of Fee Waiver appeal to our department for processing

Contact Financial Aid

Phone: (530) 938-5209
Fax: (530) 938-5367