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Grants

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Grants are a form of financial aid that are based on need and disbursed according to enrollment requirements. Grants do not have to be repaid. To be considered for both federal and state grants, complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1 and March 2 each year.

Federal Grants

There are four types of federal student aid grants and one specialized grant/loan combination.

All grants are awarded according to financial need, as determined by the federal formula that calculates your expected family contribution (EFC) from the information you submitted on the FAFSA. 

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State Grants

There are grant programs available for California residents only. Residency status is determined by the Office of Admissions at the time of your application. By filing the FAFSA or CADAA by the priority deadline of March 2, eligible students may be considered for one of the following state grants.

  • Cal Grant

    Cal Grant 
    Undergraduate and some credential students

    • Depends on family income and asset amounts
    • Minimum GPA requirements
    • Assists with payment of tuition fees
    • Eligibility will be reduced by fee waiver or third party fee payment
    • New applicants must apply by March 2
    • Need based, does not require repayment
  • State University Grant (SUG)

    State University Grant (SUG)
    Undergraduate, credential, and graduate students

    • Depends on Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
    • Eligibility is limited by degree program and number of earned units. 
    • Assists with payment of tuition fees
    • Eligibility will be reduced by fee waiver or third party fee payment
    • Apply by March 2 - subject to availability of funds
    • Need based, does not require repayment
  • Graduate Business Grant (MBA Fees Grant)

    Graduate Business Grant (MBA Fees Grant)
    Graduate Business students

    • Must be assessed a Graduate Business Professional Fee
    • Depends on Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
    • Be enrolled in a minimum of one fee-authorized course
    • Need based, does not require repayment

Program–Specific Grants

There are state and federal grants administered by CSU, Chico for students who have been admitted to specific programs. Eligibility for these grants is based on CSU, Chico admission, program admission, and financial need as determined by the FAFSA or CADAA.