Apply for Financial Aid
College may be more affordable than you think, and there may be more aid available than you anticipate.
- If you and your family have limited resources, there are state and federal student aid programs that can assist you in paying college expenses.
- If you think your family has too much money to qualify, we recommend that you still apply for financial aid. You may not receive need-based aid, but you may qualify for low-cost student loans.
View Types of Aid for more information.
Whatever your situation, you apply for most financial aid by completing the Free Application for Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA.
Complete the FAFSA
For each academic year for which you will need financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA. There is no cost to apply for financial aid using the FAFSA, and it is the starting point for both federal and state aid.
View 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA. This series of tutorials is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to filling out the FAFSA.
The fastest, easiest way to apply for financial aid is to use FAFSA on the Web. You and your parents (if applicable) will need a U.S. Department of Education PIN to access, complete, and electronically sign your application. If you do not yet have a PIN, students and parents can also obtain their PINs as part of the process of completing the FAFSA. Students and their parents must get their own separate PIN numbers.
The FAFSA should be completed online, unless there are extenuating circumstances. We suggest you use a FAFSA worksheet to help organize your information before you input it. Worksheets may be downloaded from the FAFSA Web site. We also maintain a supply of FAFSA worksheets in our lobby in Student Services Center 250. If you require a paper FAFSA, please contact our office. Link to Common Mistakes To Avoid When Completing The FAFSA for hints on how to complete the FAFSA so that your application is not delayed.
Our school code is: 001146. Be sure to list CSU, Chico when completing Section 6 of the FAFSA.
Apply between January 1 and March 2 for the following academic year.
March 2 is the priority application date for CSU, Chico. Your application must be received by the Office of Federal Student Aid by this date in order for you to be considered for all available funds. We will continue to accept applications after March 2 and distribute remaining funds throughout the academic year.
New and Transfer Students:
March 2 is also the GPA verification deadline for new Cal Grant applicants. If you are new to CSU, Chico, and have fewer than 24 college units, contact your previous school (high school or former college) to have your GPA verification sent to CSAC (see below).
For CSU, Chico, continuing students and transfers with 24 or more units, GPA verifications will be sent automatically.
For additional information, visit our Cal Grants page .
Steps to Complete and Submit the FAFSA
- Make sure you complete the FAFSA for the correct academic year. The current academic year is 2012-2013. Students who are enrolling in Fall 2013 classes should plan on completing and submitting the 2013-2014 FAFSA, which will be available at www.fafsa.ed.gov, starting January 1, 2013.
- Carefully review the application instructions and provide accurate information.
- CSU, Chico's FAFSA School Code is 001146
Our address is: Financial Aid & Scholarship Office, CSU, Chico, Chico, CA 95929–0705
You may search for other school codes on the FAFSA Web site.
- Be sure to answer each question as indicated by the FAFSA instructions (on the right side of the screen). If the answer is zero, put a zero; do not leave the question blank.
- After filing electronically, we suggest you print the summary of your application information and the confirmation page when you submit your FAFSA.
- Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) when you receive it back from the federal processor. Make sure it is correct and complete. Follow instructions for submitting any additional information or changes needed. Contact our office if you have any questions.
The U.S. Department of Education provides helpful information for Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
FAFSA Parental Information:
- If your parent is widowed or single, answer the questions about that parent.
- If your widowed parent is remarried as of the date you file the FAFSA, answer the questions about that parent and your stepparent.
- If your parents are divorced or separated, answer the questions about the parent you lived with more during the past 12 months. (If you did not live with one parent more than the other, give answers about the parent who provided more financial support during the past 12 months, or during the most recent year that you actually received support from a parent.) If this parent is remarried as of the date you completed the FAFSA, answer the questions about that parent and your stepparent.
California Registered Domestic Partners
If you or your parents are in a California registered domestic partnership at the time you complete your FAFSA, you are required to contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at CSU, Chico to ensure compliance under this act. We will collect additional information to determine eligibility for state aid, with students or parents considered as married under this act. Please contact us if you have questions.