FAFSA School Code: 001146

Types of Grants

Grants are a form of financial aid based on need and do not have to be repaid unless you withdraw from school or receive a grant you are ineligible for. Grants are disbursed according to the number of units you are enrolled in each semester. At university census, four weeks after the beginning of each term, financial aid awards are adjusted for enrollment that is less than full time.

Federal Grants
State Grants
Program-Specific Grants
Population-Specific Grants

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. Complete information on each grant is available on the linked pages.

Federal GrantsBasic Eligibility Criteria
Federal Pell Grant
Undergraduate and credential students
  • Depends on expected family contribution, enrollment status, and duration of attendance.
  • Students are limited to a total of six full-time years (600%) of Pell Grant eligibility. Visit the NSLDS web site to determine the percentage of Pell grant you have received
  • Need based, does not require repayment
Federal Iraq Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG)
Undergraduate students
  • Identified by Department of Defense
  • Dependent of deceased Veteran of Iraq/Afghanistan Way
  • 23 years of age or younger at the time of Veteran's death
  • If older than 23 years of age, enrolled at institution of higher learning at the time of death
  • Not based on need, does not require repayment
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Undergraduate students
  • Must be Pell–eligible undergraduate
  • Must have a zero Expected Family Contribution
  • Funds are very limited
  • Need based, does not require repayment
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH)
Post-baccalaureate students
  • Must be PBAC student in eligible credential or graduate program
  • Must file a FAFSA and have official EFC
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 or be a current or retired teacher obtaining a Master's degree
  • Must be enrolled in a TEACH-eligible program plan
  • Must complete initial and subsequent counseling and sign Agreement to Serve (ATS)
  • Four years of teaching service is required or will require repayment
  • Not based on need

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 by the priority deadline of March 2, eligible students may be considered for one of the following state grants.

State and Institutional GrantsBasic Eligibility Criteria
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)
Undergraduate, credential, and graduate students
  • Depends on Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  • Limited by number of earned units - effective Fall 2013
  • Assists with payment of tuition fees
  • Eligibility will be reduced by fee waiver or third party fee payment
  • Apply by March 2
  • Need based, does not require repayment
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

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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.

Program–Specific GrantsBasic Characteristics
Educational Opportunity Program Grant
General eligibility: Undergraduates
  • Must be admitted through EOP admission process.
  • Depends on expected family contribution.
Student Support Services Program Grant
General eligibility: Undergraduates
  • Must have applied and been admitted into SSSP.
  • Must be Pell-eligible.

Population–Specific Grants

There are grants available for eligible students in special categories or populations. The following grants have specific eligibility criteria and also require CSU, Chico admission and financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

Population–Specific GrantsBasic Characteristics
Indian Higher Education Grant
  • Must be eligible for services through an American Indian Tribe recognized by the BIA.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
Chafee Grant
General eligibility: Undergraduates
  • Specifically for current and former foster youth.

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