FAFSA School Code: 001146

New Student FAQs

How will I receive my external (private) scholarship?

Do I need to be admitted before I apply for financial aid?

When should I apply for scholarships?

Can I apply as independent if my parents do not claim me as a tax exemption?

What determines if I have financial need?

I applied for financial aid. Why did you offer me a loan?

How will I receive my external (private) scholarship?

Most students and their families qualify for some type of financial aid. See our Steps to Financial Aid. Also, visit the Preliminary Aid Information System (PAIS) at CSUMentor and FAFSA4caster, which are designed to allow high school and college students to estimate student financial aid eligibility.

Do I need to be admitted before I apply for financial aid?

No. Submit the FAFSA by the March 2 priority filing date before the academic year you expect to enroll at CSU, Chico. However, you will need to be admitted and registered in classes before you actually receive financial aid.

When should I apply for scholarships?

For CSU, Chico Scholarships , students apply online through the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office Web site. The online application is available from October 1 through December 15 each year, for all university scholarships to be awarded for the next academic year.

For private scholarships, we advise students to begin researching scholarship opportunities as soon as they decide they will be enrolling in college. Students may research these sources in a variety of ways: high school guidance offices, books on scholarships available in all libraries, and private scholarship databases available on the Internet. Our Web site gives hints on how to best use these scholarship sites, as well as tips on avoiding scholarship scams.

Can I apply as independent if my parents do not claim me as a tax exemption?

No, not unless you meet one or more of the criteria to be considered independent for financial aid purposes. See Dependency Status: Are you independent or dependent?

What determines if I have financial need?

The FAFSA calculates expected family income (EFC) based on the parents' household size, number in college, student and parent income and assets, and other factors. See Understanding Your Award: How Need Determines Your Financial Aid.

I applied for financial aid. Why did you offer me a loan?

Loans are a form of financial aid. In fact, they make up the largest portion of the federal student aid program. You are eligible for a loan, although your EFC does not qualify you for grants, which are considered need-based aid. Also see Loans for additional information.

Later Questions You Will Have

The best way for you to be on top of the process of applying and receiving financial aid at Chico State is to take advantage of all the information we have provided throughout the Financial Aid and Scholarship Web site.

Three Suggestions for Being in the Know

  1. To understand the financial aid process beginning to end, read through our Steps to Financial Aid.
  2. For questions after you attend Summer Orientation and have fees to pay, also view Disbursement FAQs.
  3. Start using your Wildcat e-mail account for Chico State information and begin checking your Student Center on a weekly basis. Chico State uses e-mail as its official means of communication. The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office will e-mail you to view your Student Center for changes. Your Student Center also has a "To Do List" that may contain messages asking for further information in order to process your financial aid. Please respond to all requests as soon as possible.

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