Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

Online Application for Emergency Student Grants Now Available

Chico State launches online application to provide emergency grant assistance to students impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Announced: May 8, 2020, 9 a.m.

To: Students
From: Financial Aid and Scholarship Office

This week, Chico State distributed more than $6.5 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security(CARES) Act grants to Chico State students impacted financially by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This aid will help students cover increased expenses like housing, food, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

This first phase of grant-giving was through automatic one-time, lump-sum grants of $700–$1,000 to students with significant, documented financial need. Students receiving phase-one grants have already been notified through their University email accounts, and funds were sent via direct deposit or paper check mailed to the addresses in recipients’ Student Centers.

This automatic funding quickly allocated much of the federal CARES Act emergency funding the University received to support students, leaving a roughly $3.5 million for the second phase of grant-giving, which begins immediately.

Chico State Cares Emergency Student Grant Application Now Live

All currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who did not receive automatic phase-one grants or those who need additional assistance beyond their initial grants can now apply for an Emergency Student Grant. See complete eligibility criteria.

The simple, online application is available in your Student Center. You will not need to print or scan documents to apply.

Apply Now

Applications will be reviewed as soon as possible for a potential award—with funds going to those students with the greatest need. Equity in aid distribution is a priority for the University in awarding these funds to help impacted students. Before submitting an Emergency Student Grant application, you should update and verify your local address and direct deposit information in your Student Center.

Need Help?

For additional questions related to financial aid, FAFSA, and completing a paper application, contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at 530-898-6451 or For questions related to direct deposit and mailing of checks, contact Student Financial Services at 530-898-5936