AWARD GUIDE 2013-14 (pdf)
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2014-2015 CSU, Chico Scholarship Application
Apply now for 2014-2015 CSU, Chico scholarship opportunities.
Scholarship recipients are selected in the spring for the following academic year. In order to be considered for 2014-2015, the application and recommendations must be submitted online by December 15, 2013.
For more information regarding eligibility, how to prepare, and the 2014-2015 application, click here.
Financial Aid and Payment of Spring University Charges
Click here to view tutorial on how financial aid pays university charges.
December 12 is the deadline to pay the difference between all University charges (including registration and tuition fees, on-campus housing and board plan) and pending Spring 2014 financial aid. View your pending financial aid in the Finances/Account Inquiry section of your Student Center. After December 12, the fees box in the Finances section of your Student Center will continue to indicate tuition fees "Past Due" until your aid goes out. No payments are necessary if you have sufficient pending aid to cover your spring charges.
If your file is complete and there are no items remaining on your "To Do List," your Spring aid will disburse. The first possible Spring disbursement is Thursday, January 16 for the semester beginning Tuesday, January 21. Aid is disbursed on Thursdays throughout the semester once your file is complete and there are no items remaining on your "To Do List". All remaining aid, after charges and fees are deducted, will be disbursed to you via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or a check that is mailed to you.Please Note
- Questions about your student account, fee payment, and being dropped from classes should be directed to Student Financial Services.
- Students who have no pending aid or who have not made a payment by December 12 may be dropped from classes by the university.
- You may be charged a $25 late fee if your current fees and charges are not paid by the Registration Fee Payment Deadline unless you have sufficient aid to cover the fees and your aid is clear to disburse on the first spring financial aid disbursement date.
- Spring registration is held until all Fall fees are paid.
November 25-29: No Financial Aid Disbursements and No Short-Term Loans
There will be no financial aid disbursements or short-term loans available during Thanksgiving week.
Financial aid is not available for January Intersession.
Regularly admitted students who are enrolled for Fall 2013 are eligible to apply for a $500 short-term loan once a semester. Short-term loans will be processed twice a week, for disbursement and pick-up Wednesdays and Fridays after 8:30 a.m., at Student Financial Services in SSC 230.
Please Note: No short-term loans will be processed during Thanksgiving week. The last day to apply for a Fall semester short-term loan is Thursday, December 19 by 9:00 a.m. There are no short-term loans available during winter break. The first day to apply for a short-term loan for Spring 2013 is January 21.
Check Your "To Do List" Items
Check your Student Center and submit all requested items on your "To Do List" as soon as possible.
A full explanation for all requests is available by following the "Details" link and clicking on each "To Do List" item. Check your Student Center on a weekly basis after your forms show as received. If we need any additional information, it will show up on your "To Do List." Once the requested forms have been received and completed, they will be removed from your "To Do List”.
Please be aware that if you fax your documents, it takes up to 3 days before the documents show as received on your Student Center. Documents that are mailed or brought into our office can take up to 4 weeks before the documents show as received on your Student Center. The date received will be recorded as the date the documents are submitted to our office. Preliminary review of verification documents will take a up to twelve weeks from the date your last required "To Do List" item was received.
IRS Data Retrieval Tutorial
Click to view the IRS Data Retrieval Tutorial for 2013-2014 to help guide you in this process.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Checklist for 2013-2014
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.
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 2014 is February 14, 2014.
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 aid for Spring 2014 is February 14, 2014.
Exceptional Circumstance Appeal (All types) Appeals are reviewed in the order they are received. Processing time may take until the end of the fall semester. The deadline to submit an appeal for students enrolled for the 2013-2014 academic year is April 1, 2014. Students enrolled for the Fall 2012 semester only must submit their appeal no later than November 1, 2013.
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. Applications must be received by December 2 to have an initial award entered in time for the fee payment deadline of December 12. PLUS applications can take up to eight weeks to process.
Alternative Loan Application -All certification requests received by November 29 will be certified by the fee payment deadline of December 12 if the file is complete (all other awards accepted or declined AND all To Do List items have been completed). Applications take up to eight weeks to process. Alternative loans disburse four weeks after certification. The first possible disbursement date for spring is January 30.
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 - December 15, 2013 is the application deadline for 2014-15 scholarships. CSU, Chico Scholarship recipients are selected in the spring for the following academic year. If selected, the Scholarship should be posted in your Student Center 2014-2015 Financial Aid Award Summary Account by late-July 2014.
New Rules for State University Grant Eligibility
Effective Fall 2013 term, the CSU Board of Trustees are adding new requirements to SUG eligibility based on degree programs and earned units. Students who are SUG eligible must be enrolled at least half time and meet the following criteria:
- Undergraduate non-transfer students cannot have earned more than 150 semester units
- Undergraduate transfer students with fewer than 75 semester units: Total transfer units + Chico State units cannot exceed 150 earned semester units
- Undergraduate transfer students with 75 or more semester units cannot have earned more than 75 semester units at Chico State.
- Credential students may receive SUG for their initial credential, up to a total earned units equivalent to 100% of unit requirements as published in the university catalog. Students enrolled in the Conditionally Classified Credential Program are not eligible for SUG.
- Graduate students cannot exceed more than 125% earned units of their required program length. (All prior Master’s degree objectives including Extended Education and graduate transfer units are included.)
Second Bachelor’s, second Credential, second Master’s degree, or Conditionally Classified Credential Students
- Students enrolled in the Conditionally Classified Credential Program, or who are pursuing a second Bachelor’s, second Credential, or second Master’s degree are not eligible for SUG.
Please note: Remedial coursework, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Military credit, Pre-baccalaureate credit, and credit by examination will not count as earned units toward the new SUG limits.
Office Hours and Appointments
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm.
- Appointment Schedule:
Monday - Friday 9 am-12 pm; 2-4 pm.
Phone Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:00 pm.
The office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 &29, and the week of December 23-27, and Wednesday, January 1.
Only same-day appointments will be available on Monday - Friday, with the advisor 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.
Upcoming Disbursement Dates
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 on Thursdays throughout each semester. During November and December, refund disbursements will be received electronically or sent out on the following days:
Thursday, November 21
Thursday, November 28 – NO FINANCIAL AID DISBURSEMENT
Thursday, December 5
Thursday, December 12
Thursday, December 19
Thursday, December 26 - NO FINANCIAL AID DISBURSEMENT
First disbursement date is January 16
First Alternative Loan Disbursement date is January 30