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4 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: The school's tuition rates I feel are fair, but I might feel differently if I didn't have a part-time job and got financial aid. I have heard from others that without financial aid or the BOG waiver, its nearly impossible for them to go to school while maintaining a job plus living expenses. So I'm sure it is difficult for some people. The process of applying for financial aid and opening a file at the school is easy overall and does not take much time.

I feel as though I pay for the education I receive, the professors seem to genuinely enjoy their jobs and teaching, which I value a lot. The financial aid faculty is also very friendly and are always thorough with their paper work and are very organized which I enjoy a lot because they have a lot of personal documents.

The best tips I would give for someone trying to get financial aid at my school would be to sign up and fill out the FAFSA immediately the first day of the year. Complete it, reread it for accuracy, and then save it. Then once the offices at school are open, open a file with the school for financial aid and talk to advisers about any questions you might have or more information about any financial opportunities you might need help with. Then, check back with them periodically to see how everything is going to see if you qualify for financial aid.

2 Recent Alumnus

Tuition & Financial Aid: They don't tend to tell you what paper work is still required until the third visit.

3 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: The value of the education at community college is very fair. The financial aid office is always a nightmare with a wait time of up to 3 hours, and no appointment system.

5 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I believe they do a good job to list out all the fees and explain what goes where. But my problem is there should be an option to have a choice between a bus pass or a parking pass in the fees. Not having to pay for a bus pass and then if you don't use the service having to buy a parking pass on top of that.

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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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.

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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 67 responses

  • 52% No, everything was straightforward.
  • 46% There were a few minor fees.
  • 1% Yes, major fees.

Do you think you are getting your money's worth?    Based on 66 responses

  • 91% Yes
  • 9% No
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