Tuition & Financial Aid

Location
Yucaipa, CA
Undergrads
1,984
Tuition (in-state)
$3,918 ($1,134)
Branch Campus Of
San Bernardino Community Colleges
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2 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The financial aide office needs more staff. They get overwhelmed during the busy season and it is so frustrating to wait hours in line to fine out you need "one more" form, three times in a semester.

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3 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Financial aid office is not helpful they are rude.

2 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I don't know if this is just supposed to be general knowledge but I had no idea you can only take a certain amount of credits before they stop giving you financial aid. I took a lot of extra classes I was interested in but not part of my degree only to find out I went over the max units I can take so now I have to cover my expenses some other way without financial aid. Another reason I took so many extra classes is because the classes I needed were not offered for several semesters in a row and I wanted to stay in school at least half time. I feel like there needs to be much more interest from the administration to the students because there is virtually no communication or care. They don't take the initiative to approach you or try to talk to you about anything. Maybe that's common practice but it shouldn't be.

Financial aid office is TERRIBLE. You can wait up to two hours or more out in the sun or cold because they only let in one student at a time. Just think about that for a second. Only one student is allowed in the financial aid office at one time. They need to change their policy or get a better financial aid office because going to the financial aid office for any reason has been some of the worst experiences I have ever had. To top it all off once you go in you may only be in for about a minute or two until they hand you a sheet and tell you that you need to go do something else then come back.

5 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Like community colleges should be, this school is cheap to attend. Few fees which aren't covered by financial aide.

3 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: It's all good to me. But my sister who's going to school with me is not getting any financial aid. They told her she can't have any because she went to college in the Philippines so they can't help her financially. I'm sharing the financial aid disbursement I'm getting to help pay for both of our books and needs in school.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 29th
    Smoothest Financial Aid Process
  • 1624th
    Best Bang for Your Buck

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eric McCormick
Hometown
Redlands
Major
Computer Information Systems
Grad Year
2014
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As a California community college, Crafton Hills has very low tuition. Comparisons to systems like New York show that Crafton's tuition is very, very reasonable. With the recent financial woes of the state, the fees have gone up and may continue to go up if the state economy does not get better. With increasing fees, getting financial aid can be of utmost importance, but it's not an easy process. While the Financial Aid Office is just a little ways from Admissions and Records, it is not well marked or staffed. The stories of woe relating to this one-window problem factory are very common on campus. It starts with a very long wait. The office opens after classes start, which makes it likely that students will join an already winding line—add to this the fact that only one person is "helped" at a time and that different workers answer the same question differently. You may make several trips, have to bring in a lot of different documentation, and leave frustrated.

If you really want financial aid, you will need to do a lot on your own. Fill out the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid before going to the Financial Aid Office. Every piece of information the FAFSA asks for should also be on hand when you go to the Crafton Financial Aid Office. Bring copies of every form you fill out so that no matter what they demand, you are ready. Also fill out the California Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver Application online because it may reduce or eliminate your tuition. To recap, Crafton has a very low California community college tuition system; even after recent increases, it is low by national standards. However, if you need help paying this tuition, the Crafton Financial Aid Office will be a painful experience. You may have better luck with FAFSA and a BOG Waiver.

Facts & Statistics

Tips for Getting Aid
  • Bring all your paperwork every time, even if they just say you need one form.
  • Fill out the online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) before going to the Financial Aid Office.
Did You Know?
At the Crafton Financial Aid Office, students must be there at least one hour prior to closing to open a file. It could be longer during peak hours.

Student Polls

Have you come across any unexpected extra fees associated with going to school here?    Based on 62 responses

  • 2% Yes, major fees.
  • 47% There were a few minor fees.
  • 52% No, everything was straightforward.

Do you think you are getting your money's worth?    Based on 61 responses

  • 7% No
  • 93% Yes
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