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Ready, Set, Chico!
Chico State and the Chico State Parent Advisory Council would like to invite you to attend Ready, Set, Chico! New students, returning students, family members, and alumni are encouraged to attend these events designed to welcome our newest members of the Chico State family. New students and family members will have the opportunity to ask their last-minute questions regarding the transition to life in Chico, students will have the opportunity to meet other students heading to Chico from the area, and alumni and returning students will be on hand to share their insight and advice for making the move to Chico.

There are 10 scheduled Ready, Set, Chico! events this August. Light snacks will be served at each location. RSVP to parent@csuchico.edu, or 530-898-6472. Just let us know which event you will be attending, your name, and the number of people in your party. We look forward to seeing you!

Friday, August 2 - Coachella Valley/La Quinta - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lamppost Pizza, 78-772 Highway 111, La Quinta, CA 92253

Monday, August 5 - Los Angeles - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Cheviot Hills Park; 2551 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Tuesday, August 6 - Irvine - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Heritage Park: Group picnic area, 14301 Yale Ave, Irvine, CA 92604

Wednesday, August 7 - San Diego - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: La Jolla Shores Park: 8200 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA

Thursday, August 8 - Citrus Heights - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rusch Park: 7801 Auburn Boulevard, Citrus Heights, 95610

Friday, August 9 - Elk Grove - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Morse Park: Bellaterra Dr & Fire Poppy Dr, Elk Grove, CA 95624

Monday, August 12 – Tiburon - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Paradise Beach Park; Picnic Area 1, 3450 Paradise Dr., Tiburon, CA 94920

Tuesday, August 13 - Redwood City - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Red Morton Park; picnic area #4, 1120 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City, CA 94061

Wednesday, August 14 - San Jose - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Almaden Lake Park; west entrance parking area, 15652 Almaden Expy, San Jose, CA 95120

Thursday, August 15 – Danville - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Oak Hill Park; group picnic area (park at Monte Vista High School), 3005 Stone Valley Road, Danville, CA 94506
University Housing Installment Payments
You are highly encouraged to check your student’s account balance online on a monthly basis to avoid any late fees!

Although University Housing payments are set to be due on specific dates (07/31/13, 09/03/13, 10/04/13, 11/05/13, 12/12/13, 02/03/14, 03/04/14, and 04/04/14) for room and meal plans throughout the academic year, students may be assessed miscellaneous University Housing charges any time. The final payment for the fall semester is due Tuesday, November 5, 2013 and the total amount due on November 5 has already been posted to your student’s portal account. The first payment for the spring semester is due on December 12, 2013. If your student hasn’t contacted you or forwarded the payment email reminder to let you know the amount to pay, you might want to remind them. Late payments are subject to a $20.00 late fee by the University, and registration, grade, and transcript holds maybe placed on student accounts for unpaid balances.

You can also talk to your student about setting up an online Parent Portal account where your student can grant you access to financial and academic information related to your student. Please check out the details at http://www.csuchico.edu/parents/parent-portal/index.shtml

For your convenience, payments can be paid by electronic check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discovers are accepted) through http://www.csuchico.edu/sfin/payment-info/payment-methods.shtml.

Finally, if your student is not planning to return to Chico State for the spring semester they will need to follow our petition process in order to notify our office. Your student has been sent a detailed email explaining the procedure they need to follow. If we do not have at least 30 days notice of their planned withdrawal by the deadline date of November 18, 2013 they will be subject to a 30 day notice charge (prorated based upon actual notice given date and can be assessed at a maximum of $1,050.00).

Financial Aid Update
Financial Aid and Payment of University Charges for Fall 2013

Financial aid recipients are required to pay the difference between all Fall University charges (including tuition, fees, on-campus housing and board plan) and pending fall 2013 financial aid. Students can view pending financial aid in the Finances/Account Inquiry section of their Student Center. Fee payment is due by July 31, 2013.

Click here to view a tutorial on how financial aid pays university charges.

Financial Aid Disbursements

Fall 2013: First disbursement date is August 22
First Alternative Loan Disbursement date is September 5

Financial aid and scholarships funds are disbursed to student accounts on Thursdays. Students are eligible to receive funds only if:

  • There are no items financial aid items remaining on their Student Center “To Do List”
  • They are enrolled at least half-time
  • Scholarship recipients must be enrolled full-time to receive scholarships
  • Loans have been certified and first time borrowers have completed the Master Promissory Note and Loan Entrance Counseling


Additional information is sometimes required to finalize an award offer. Students should check their “Holds” and “To Do List” in the Student Center regularly to ensure all requirements have been met. All items must be submitted immediately to avoid delays in receiving aid. A full explanation for any “To Do List” items is available by clicking on the “Details” link next to each item.

Awards are subject to change. Financial aid is estimated using initial FAFSA information. Offers are based on full-time enrollment. Awards may be revised for a number of reasons, including changes in enrollment or residency status, corrections to the FAFSA, and overawards due to receipt of aid from other sources. Students will receive an email notification of any changes to awards.

Authorization to Release Information to Parents

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) limits our ability to release financial aid information to a third party, including parents. Students may grant the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office permission to release their financial aid information by submitting online the Authorization to Release Information form.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Checklist

Print the Financial Aid and Scholarship Checklist to help keep track of the financial aid processes, from applying for aid through receiving the funds.

Welcome to the Wildcat Family!
The beginning of your son or daughter’s university education is an exciting time. There are many things to learn and so many choices to make. Chico State has so much to offer - more than 70 majors, more than 90 minors, and nearly 4000 courses, not to mention more than 200 clubs and organizations. There are a wide array of services and resources designed to help your student succeed.

Our goal is to provide an integrated array of effective academic advising services as well as resources and planning tools for students. Academic advisors are here to help your son or daughter navigate requirements, policies, and to help them explore and achieve their academic goals. Each student is an important member of the Chico State community - we want their experience here to be a successful one, and we look forward to speaking with them.

Chico State utilizes a dual advising system to help students to graduate on time! Undergraduate students are provided support through the Academic Advising Programs Office as well as their major department advisor. While Academic Advisors help answer questions regarding GE, campus policies and procedures, and general University questions, your student’s major department advisor can help with questions regarding major coursework, internships, and course substitutions. We recommend students meet with a major and academic advisor at least once per semester.


Advising is available on a Drop-In basis in the Student Services Center, Room 220. Visit the Academic Advising Programs Website for current Drop-In Hours.


Chico State Career Center
The Career Center assists students through all phases of career development to bridge the transition between the academic environment and the world of work. We gladly provide assistance to students searching for part-time, full-time, on-campus, off-campus, internship and career related positions. Our one-on-one appointments and drop-in advising allows us to assist students of all majors on campus. Visit us to get help with resumes, cover letters, interviewing, etiquette and overall job search help. The Career Center is located in the Student Services Center, Room 270.

July 31
Fall 2013 Semester Fees Due
July 26th
University Housing Installment Payment Due
August 2-15
Ready, Set, Chico 2013 Events
August 19-22
University Housing Move-in
August 23
Wildcat Welcome Parents' Reception
August 26
Fall 2013 Classes Start
September 2
Campus Closed for Labor Day
Sep 3
University Housing Installment Payment Due
October 1
2014-2015 Scholarship Application Available
October 5
Family Weekend BBQ
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