FAFSA School Code: 001146

CSU, Chico Scholarships

California State University, Chico provides opportunities for scholarship awards to eligible students. New and continuing students are encouraged to apply by submitting the on-line CSU, Chico Scholarship Application. Scholarships are based on any or all of the following criteria:

  • Educational and career objectives
  • Scholastic excellence
  • Financial need
  • Outstanding achievement in school or community service
  • Active affiliation with honors organizations
  • Special qualifications (talent, obstacles overcome, relationships)

CSU, Chico Scholarship Application Information

The 2014-2015 scholarship application closed December 15, 2013 for all scholarship opportunities except School of Nursing students.

We are accepting applications for the Kristina Chesterman Memorial Nursing Scholarship.  The general application deadline is February 14, 2014.

Complete a CSU Chico scholarship application if you did not previously submit a 2014-2015 application. Students that have already submitted a 2014-2015 scholarship application do not need to complete another application but may update their existing application, if desired, and check the status of reference requests.  Previously incomplete applications and letters of reference may be completed by February 14, 2014.  The application link is available below.

All applicants are requested to read Kristina’s story available in the Opportunities-All tab at the top of the application.  Search “Chesterman”.

Mark you calendar to complete the FAFSA or CA Dream application by March 2, 2014. Scholarship recipients are selected in the spring for the following academic year.


Applicants must be enrolled at CSU, Chico or must be regularly eligible for admission. New applicants to the University must have an admission application on file. Students enrolled only through Regional & Continuing Education's Open University are not eligible. All scholarships require that the recipients maintain full-time enrollment (12 units undergraduates and credential; 8 units graduates). All scholarships also require a minimum 2.00 GPA and many require a GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Need-Based Scholarships

Some scholarships require that recipients demonstrate financial need. In order to be considered for need-based scholarships, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Application no later than March 2, 2014, for the 2014-2015 academic year. If you are selected as a recipient of a need-based scholarship, your need will be verified, if selected for verification, prior to any funds being disbursed. Do not limit your opportunities by not completing the FAFSA or California Dream Application.

How to prepare for the 2014-2015 online application

The online scholarship application and recommendation process has been revised. 

1) CSUC scholarships require at least one letter of recommendation.  Give the recommender as much time as possible. This process has been revised and is directly part of the application.  Read Online Letter of Recommendation Guidelines for instructions and exceptions.  Your application will be considered incomplete without a letter of recommendation, art portfolio, or music/theatre audition.

2) You will be asked to identify specific major/career interests, relationship categories, and club, societies, or memberships which may relate to specific scholarships.  Any of the information you identify in the checkbox section of the application should also be described in your essay responses.  This provides extremely helpful information for scholarship committees and matching your application to scholarships.

3) You will be asked to complete 5 short answer essay questions to help the scholarship committees get to know you and provide information that will help us match you to specific scholarship opportunities. 

  1. What are your educational and career goals?
  2. What campus or school sponsored activities have you participated in during the past three years?  Include names and dates of memberships and offices held.
  3. What involvement have you had in community organizations or volunteer activities over the past three years?  Include projects or events and your level of involvement.
  4. Explain how a scholarship will help you to fund your education.  Include any information regarding exceptional hardships or obstacles you may have overcome in your pursuit of a college degree.
  5. Describe any special talent you may possess or your proudest accomplishment.

4) We recommend you compose your essay answers in a document editing program to easily proof and edit.  Use proper grammar and capitalization. You can save your answers and then copy and paste in the application. Use single space.  Limited formatting is allowed to help with readability.  Please limit your answers to 500 words or less.  If your answers are too lengthy they may not be read thoroughly.

5) Special department requirements:

  • Music and Theatre majors require an audition and should contact the Music and Theatre Department office.
  • Majors in the Art and Art History department require a portfolio. Contact the department office.
  • Civil Engineering majors require a supplemental application. Contact the Civil Engineering office.

CSU, Chico Online Scholarship Application - Nursing

Special Awards

Some scholarships and merit awards are awarded to students with outstanding academic performance records and special talents. These usually require a separate application or nomination process. New and continuing students should inquire at their academic department offices for information on the availability of special awards.

Non-University Scholarships

Students also may wish to research private and community scholarships. See External Scholarships

for additional information.