AWARD GUIDE 2015-16 (pdf)
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Rawlins Merit Scholarship
Faculty are invited to nominate students for the Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Awards. Click here for the nomination form and list of previous recipients.
Scholarship for RN-BSN Students Deadline: March 30
Click here for details.
Summer Financial Aid
Summer financial aid requires a supplemental online application which will be available through our Web site on April 6. View Summer Financial Aid for more information.
Summer Work Study
Students who will continue with work-study employment or have been hired for work-study employment during the summer months, please note that a separate Summer Work-Study application is required. The priority deadline is April 24. View Summer Work-Study for more information.
2015-2016 Financial Aid Award Notification
Undergraduate students, who submitted a valid FAFSA, should receive an award notification and financial aid offer through your Wildcat email by early April. Graduate students will receive award notification and financial aid offers in early June.
See Award Information for more information and to access the application.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Checklist for 2015-2016
Bookmark or download the Financial Aid and Scholarship Checklist to help you keep track of where you are in the financial aid process, from applying for aid through receiving the funds.
1098-T Form and Federal Tax Credit Information
Click here if you did not receive a 1098-T or need more information. If you have any questions, please contact Student Financial Services at 530-898-5936.
Short-Term Loans March 30 – April 3
There will be no short-term loan checks available on Wednesday, April 1 due to the March 31 holiday. Short term loan checks will only be available on Friday, April 3 during this particular week.
Spring 2015 Loan Application Deadlines
Parent Plus Loan applications, computer budget adjustment requests and alternative loan requests must be submitted no later than May 1, 2015 to be processed for Spring 2015.
The deadline to submit a Federal Direct Stafford Loan application for Spring 2015 is May 8, 2015.
When your academic year file is complete and there are no holds on your account and no items on your “To Do List,” your aid will disburse and cover any fees remaining on your university balance. All remaining aid, after charges and fees are deducted, will be disbursed to you via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) or a check that is mailed to you. This process is run by the Student Financial Services Office.
Financial aid and scholarships are disbursed via electronic disbursement or mailed check on Thursdays throughout each semester.
Important Processing Dates and When to Expect Changes to Your To Do Lists/Holds
Verification - Updating your "To Do List" from requested to received takes a minimum of four weeks if you submit hard copies via mail, at our window or drop box and a minimum of 72 hours if your documents are faxed. Preliminary review of verification documents will take a up to twelve weeks from the date your last required "To Do List" item was submitted to our office.
IRS Data Retrieval - It can take up to 21 days from the date you successfully used the Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA before our office is able to upload this change. This process has been completed when you will no longer see the required documentation on your "To Do List."
Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal (SAP) - Review of SAP appeals take a minimum of four weeks from the date the last required item is received. Deadline to submit appeal for Spring 2015 is February 13, 2015.
Maximum Unit Appeal - Review of Maximum Unit Appeals take a minimum of four weeks from the date the last required item is received. Deadline to submit appeal for Spring 2015 is February 13, 2015.
Exceptional Circumstance Appeal (All types) Appeals are reviewed in the order they are received. Processing time may take until the end of the Spring semester. The deadline to submit an appeal for students enrolled in the Spring term is April 1, 2015.
Federal Direct Stafford Loan Application - Applications take at least 30 days to process.
Federal Direct PLUS Application (PLUS Loan) - We initially award the requested amount as a conditional estimate which will show up in the student's financial aid package while we are processing the credit check. The loan is not approved until you receive notification from the lender that your credit was approved. PLUS applications can take up to eight weeks to process.
Alternative Loan Application - Applications take up to eight weeks to process. The first possible disbursement date for Spring term is January 29.
External Scholarship - After the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office has received a student's external scholarship check(s), the scholarship is entered into the student's financial aid award. The student will receive an e-mail informing them of a change in their award. The turn-around time for complete processing of external scholarships is up to three weeks.
CSU, Chico Scholarships - The CSU, Chico Scholarship application for 2015-16 opened January 2, 2015. The online application and letter of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline of February 15, 2015. If selected, the scholarship should be posted in your Student Center 2015-2016 Financial Aid Award Summary Account by late July 2015.
Office Hours and Appointments
- Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm.
- Appointment Schedule: Monday - Friday 9-12 am; 2-4:30 pm
- Phone Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am – 4 pm.
Only same-day appointments are available with the advising staff in the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office (SSC 250). You can make these same-day appointments by calling 530-898-6451 or by coming to our office window between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. We recommend calling as early as possible in the morning as the appointments fill up quickly. Phone appointments are also available. Appointments are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.