University description (as per official university website)
College of the Sequoias is a comprehensive community college focused on student learning that leads to productive work, lifelong learning and community involvement.
College of the Sequoias affirms that our mission is to help our diverse student population achieve their transfer and /or occupational objectives and to advance the economic growth and global competitiveness of business and industry within our region.
College of the Sequoias is committed to supporting students' mastery of basic skills and to providing programs and services that foster student success.
College of the Sequoias, also known as COS, is a public, two-year, community college located in Visalia in Tulare County, California, United States. It was originally established in 1926 as Visalia Junior College as a department in the city high school. The college enrolls more than 12,000 students and offers a wide variety of transfer, vocational, and community-based classes. COS was named after the Giant Sequoia trees, which are native to the nearby Sierra Nevada mountain range.
COS offers classes on several campuses located in Exeter, Corcoran, Dinuba, Farmersville, Hanford, Ivanhoe, Lemoore, Lindsay, Orosi, Porterville, Strathmore, Three Rivers, Tulare, and Woodlake. Some notable alumni of COS are Steve Perry, American singer and songwriter; and DeeAndre Hulett, American basketball player.
Their official mascot is the Giants. COSís athletic teams participate in various sports including football, soccer, volleyball, softball, and baseball.
The definition of financial need is the difference between the cost of education and the student/parent contribution or Effective Family Contribution (EFC). The budget for the academic year includes the student's educational expenses and is determined by each college.
Cost of Education (minus) EFC = Financial Aid Need
The student/parent contribution is based upon an analysis of the family resources. The formula used to calculate the family's contribution (EFC) is mandated by federal regulation. The income and asset information provided on the FAFSA is used in the formula computation. A student may receive up to the amount of the financial need in grants, workstudy, or loan programs. However, each program has specific qualifying criteria that must be met.