FAFSA School Code: 001146

Award Guide

AWARD GUIDE 2016-17 (pdf)
Understand your
financial aid award,
eligibility and


Short Term Loan Application

Regularly admitted students who are enrolled for Fall 2016 are eligible to apply for a $500 short term loan. The Short-term Loan application will be reactivated Monday, August 22.

Short-term loans will be processed twice a week for pick-up on Wednesdays and Fridays after 8:30 am at Student Financial Services (SSC 230). The first short-term loan will be available for pick-up on Wednesday, August 24.

PLEASE NOTE: No Short-term Loans checks will be processed for Wednesday, September 7 due to Labor Day holiday.

Friday, Sept. 16 is University Census: Financial aid may be adjusted for enrollment

Financial aid is determined by need and by enrollment. Estimated financial aid awards are based on your eligibility and need, and are offered based on full-time status. The number of units in which you are actually enrolled decides the actual amount of financial aid you receive.

At University Census, financial aid awards are revised to match eligibility based on the actual number of units in which students are officially enrolled. Awards may be reduced for students enrolled in fewer than full-time units. If you are arranging to add units through CAVE or through a consortium agreement, please complete the registration process no later than Friday, September 16.

For additional information, see University Census on our Web site. Other useful pages are Undergraduate Eligibility & Enrollment Requirements and Postbaccalaureate Eligibility & Enrollment Requirements.

The 2017/18 FAFSA Opens Early: Available October 1, 2016

Please fill out and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov or your California Dream Application at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/ beginning October 1, 2016. You will be using your 2015 income tax information for the 2017/2018 FAFSA and the California Dream Act application. You do not have to wait to submit your 2016 income tax returns before submitting your FAFSA or your California Dream Act application, since 2015 income will be required.  We highly recommend you utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option via your FAFSA if possible to expedite the processing of your aid.

Middle Class Scholarship

The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) provides a scholarship to eligible undergraduate and credential students with family income up to $150,000 and assets up to $150,000.  However, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Middle Class Scholarships will not be disbursed to eligible students until the end of October.

Disbursement Dates

When your academic year file is complete and there are no holds on your account and no items on your “To Do List,” your aid will disburse and cover any fees remaining on your university balance. All remaining aid, after charges and fees are deducted, will be disbursed to you via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) or a check that is mailed to you. This process is run by the Student Financial Services Office.

Financial aid and scholarships are disbursed via electronic disbursement or mailed check on Thursdays throughout each semester.

Financial aid and scholarships are disbursed via electronic disbursement or mailed check on Thursdays throughout each semester.


The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office is Now on Facebook

Please like our page for information regarding deadlines, events, budgeting tips, and loan repayment options.  www.facebook.com/ChicoStateFASO

Important Processing Dates and When to Expect Changes to Your To Do Lists/Holds

Verification - Updating your "To Do List" from requested to received takes a minimum of four weeks if you submit hard copies via mail, at our window or drop box and a minimum of 72 hours if your documents are faxed. Preliminary review of verification documents will take a up to twelve weeks from the date your last required "To Do List" item was submitted to our office.

IRS Data Retrieval - It can take up to 21 days from the date you successfully used the Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA before our office is able to upload this change. This process has been completed when you will no longer see the required documentation on your "To Do List."

Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal (SAP) - Review of SAP appeals take a minimum of four weeks from the date the last required item is received. Deadline to submit an appeal for Fall 2016 is September 16, 2016. Deadline to submit an appeal for Spring 2017 is February 17, 2017.

Maximum Unit Appeal - Review of Maximum Unit Appeals take a minimum of four weeks from the date the last required item is received. Deadline to submit appeal for Fall 2016 is September 16, 2016. Deadline to submit an appeal for Spring 2017 is February 17, 2017.

Exceptional Circumstance Appeal (All types) Appeals are reviewed in the order they are received. Processing time may take until the end of the Fall semester. The deadline to submit an appeal for students enrolled for the Fall 2016 term (only) is November 1, 2016. The deadline to submit an appeal for students enrolled for the Spring 2017 term is April 1, 2017.

Federal Direct Stafford Loan Application - Applications take at least 30 days to process.

Federal Direct PLUS Application (PLUS Loan) - We initially award the requested amount as a conditional estimate which will show up in the student's financial aid package while we are processing the credit check. The loan is not approved until you receive notification from the lender that your credit was approved. Applications must be received by July 15 to have an initial award entered in time for the fall fee payment deadline of July 27. PLUS applications can take up to 12 weeks to process.

Alternative Loan Application - All certification requests received by June 24 will be certified by the fee payment deadline of July 27 if the file is complete (all other awards accepted or declined AND all To Do List items have been completed). Applications take up to eight weeks to process. The first possible disbursement date for fall term is September 4, 2016.

External Scholarship - After the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office has received a student's external scholarship check(s), the scholarship is entered into the student's financial aid award. The student will receive an e-mail informing them of a change in their award. The turn-around time for complete processing of external scholarships is up to three weeks.

CSU, Chico Scholarships - The CSU, Chico Scholarship application for 2017-18 will open January 2, 2017. The online application and letter of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline of February 15, 2017. If selected, the scholarship should be posted in your Student Center 2016-2017 Financial Aid Award Summary Account by late July 2017.

Office Hours and Appointments

  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 5 pm.
  • Appointment Schedule: Monday - Friday: 9-12 am; 2-4:30 pm (There will be no appointments on Thursday, September 8) 
  • Phone Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 am – 4 pm.

Only same-day appointments are available with the advising staff in the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office (SSC 250). You can make these same-day appointments by calling 530-898-6451 or by coming to our office window between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. We recommend calling as early as possible in the morning as the appointments fill up quickly. Phone appointments are also available. Appointments are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.