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Professional Attire Fund



Applications CLOSED!

Applications will reopen for spring 2018 on January 22, 2018.

You have worked hard and are ready to start interviewing for internships and jobs. It is important that you make a positive impression during your job interview and events with potential employers. One element of that ever important first impression is the clothing you wear to that interview or networking event. If you are getting ready to interview for a job, an internship, or need professional attire for professional events or conferences, let us know if we can help with the purchase. We want you to look your best!

We understand that buying professional attire can be expensive and somewhat difficult to manage for some students. Through the Professional Attire Fund, the College of Business at provides funding to support  the purchase of professional attire for business majors with financial need.

The Professional Attire Fund will provide up to $500 in funding for business majors who need some assistance purchasing professional attire to help secure a job or internship, or are attending a professional event. Attire includes suits, button-down shirts, blazers, cardigans, dress pants, blouses, ties, dress shirts, socks, and shoes. Awardees are not allowed to purchase casual attire, khakis, jeans of any kind, polo shirts, t-shirts, accessories, undergarments, work boots, uniforms, or lab attire.


Who can apply?

CSU, Chico students who are enrolled full-time as a business major, have a financial need, and must be in the pursuit of a professional opportunity. Determination of who gets funded will be based on the applicant’s financial need, strength of application materials, and availability of funds.

How do I apply?

Complete the Professional Attire Fund application (opens Monday, January 22, 2018).

Funding Requirements

Funding requests may be fully funded, partially funded, or declined depending on an applicant’s financial need, strength of application materials, and the availability of funds. Approved applicants will schedule a meeting with the Business Student Success Center program coordinator to make the appropriate arrangements to fit the request.  Approved applicants are required to return receipts from purchases. Failure to do so may result in loss (or repayment) of funding.


Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is a financial need?

Primarily this is determined by students that have submitted a FASFA for financial aid. However, students can also make an argument in their essay regarding their financial situation and need for assistance to make this purchase.

 

What attire can I purchase?

Items allowed include suits, button-down shirts, blazers, cardigans, dress pants, blouses, ties, dress shirts, socks, and shoes.  

 

What attire is not allowed?

Items not allowed include casual attire, khakis, jeans of any kind, polo shirts, t-shirts, accessories, undergarments, work boots, uniforms, or lab attire.

 

How many times can I apply?

Only one application can be submitted per academic year. Business majors can only receive funding to purchase professional attire one time during their undergraduate/graduate career at CSU, Chico.

 
Can I be reimbursed for a purchase?

No. Reimbursements are not provided. The process involves a student selecting attire, putting it on lay away, and the College then making the purchase.

 

Who approves funding requests?

A committee made up of the associate dean, the Business Student Success Center program coordinator, and the College of Business lead advisor.

 

Who supports the Professional Attire Fund?

We are fortunate to have generous donors that are supporting the Professional Attire Fund.

 

More questions?

Feel free to contact the Business Student Success Center program coordinator Billy Harkness at wcharkness@csuchico.edu or 530-898-3835.