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.