FAFSA School Code: 001146

Award Guide

AWARD GUIDE 2015-16 (pdf)
Understand your
financial aid award,
eligibility and


Summer Financial Aid

Summer financial aid requires a supplemental online application which will be available through our Web site on April 6. View Summer Financial Aid for more information.

Summer Registration opens April 6. See the Class Schedule for information on regional and Continuing Education (RCE) Summer Session. Click here for State Summer Term classes for graduate students.

Summer Work Study

Students who will continue with work-study employment or have been hired for work-study employment during the summer months, please note that a separate Summer Work-Study application is required. The priority deadline is April 24. View Summer Work-Study for more information.

Federal Student Aid ID will Replace Your PIN – May 10th

Beginning May 10, 2015 the PIN you have used to access the FAFSA and other U.S Department of Education websites will no longer be valid.  You will be directed to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID, which you will use to access the FAFSA, studentloans.gov, and the National Student Loan Database (NSLDS).  For additional information on what the FSA ID is and how you can get an FSA ID please visit: https://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/filling-out/pin#what-fsaid.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Checklist for 2015-2016

Bookmark or download the Financial Aid and Scholarship Checklist to help you keep track of where you are in the financial aid process, from applying for aid through receiving the funds.

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.


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 appeal for Fall 2015 is September 18, 2015. 

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 2015 is September 18, 2015. 

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.

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. PLUS applications can take up to eight weeks to process.

Alternative Loan Application - Applications take up to eight weeks to process. The first possible disbursement date for Fall term is September 3, 2015.

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 2015-16 CSU, Chico Scholarship application deadline was February 15, 2015. If selected, the scholarship should be posted in your Student Center 2015-16 Financial Aid Award Summary Account by late July 2015.

Office Hours and Appointments

  • Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm.
  • Appointment Schedule:  Monday - Friday 9-12 am; 2-4:30 pm
  • 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.