FAFSA School Code: 001146

Award Guide

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

Announcements

2016-2017 CSU, Chico Scholarship Application: Available January 2 – February 15

The CSU, Chico Scholarship application for 2016-2017 is available January 2, 2015.

Scholarship recipients are selected in the spring for the following academic year. In order to be considered for 2016-2017, the application and recommendations must be submitted online by February 15, 2016.

For more information regarding eligibility, how to prepare, click here.

Apply Now for 2016-2017 Financial Aid

For each academic year for which you will need financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA.

Apply between January 1 and March 2 to be considered for all available funds. There is no cost to apply for financial aid using the FAFSA, and it is the starting point for both federal and state aid. Use our FAFSA School Code 001146. For additional information on our web site about our financial aid process, click on Steps to Financial Aid.

AB 540 students should file California Dream application by March 2 at www.caldreamact.org to apply for state funded financial aid.

FAFSA Workshops: Drop-in February 17, 2-4pm and February 25, 2-4pm in SSC 410

Need help filling your FAFSA? Financial Aid Advisors will be available on Wednesday, February 17 (2-4pm) and Thursday, February 25 (2-4pm) in SSC 410 Computer Lab.

For best results, bring with you:

  • FSA ID
  • Student/Parent 2015 income information (if not available, bring 2014 tax forms to estimate income). 2015 income information may include: Tax returns, W-2 forms, and Unemployment information.

California Dream Application Workshops: Drop-in February 11, 2-4pm and February 26, 2-4pm in SSC 410

AB 540 students with a DACA number, or without a social security number, should file a California Dream application at www.caldreamact.org. Financial Aid Advisors will be available to help students complete the application on Thursday, February 11 (2-4pm) and Friday, February 26 (2-4pm) in SSC 410 Computer Lab.

For best results, bring with you:

  • CA Dream PIN number.
  • Student/Parent 2015 income information (if not available, bring 2014 tax forms to estimate income). 2015 income information may include: Tax returns, W-2 forms, and Unemployment information.

Friday, February 19th is University Census: Financial Aid May be Adjusted for Enrollment

Financial aid is determined by need and by enrollment. Estimated financial aid offers are based on your eligibility and need, and are offered based on a full-time enrollment 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 by Friday, February 19th.

For additional information, see University Census on our Website. Other useful pages are Undergraduate Enrollment Requirements and Postbaccalaureate Enrollment Requirements.

Cal Grant GPA Verification

GPA records will be sent to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) for CSU, Chico continuing students who were enrolled at Chico State through the Fall 2015 semester and had completed 24 college units (including transfer units) by the end of Fall 2015. Starting March 3, Chico State students should be able to confirm that their GPA was sent by viewing their account on WebGrants4Students.

Spring 2016 transfer students must contact their previous college to request the GPA verification be sent to CSAC.  Students with less than 24 units must request the GPA verification from their high school or previous institution.

1098-T Form and Federal Tax Credit Information

Click here if you did not receive a 1098-T or need more information.  If you have any questions, please contact Student Financial Services at 530-898-5936.

Financial Aid and Payment of University Charges

Financial Aid and Payment of University Charges

Click here to view tutorial on how financial aid pays university charges.

December 10 is the deadline to pay the difference between all University charges (including registration and tuition fees, on-campus housing and board plan) and pending Spring 2016 financial aid. View your pending financial aid in the Finances/Account Inquiry section of your Student Center. After December 10, the fees box in the Finances section of your Student Center will continue to indicate tuition fees "Past Due" until your aid goes out. No payments are necessary if you have sufficient pending aid to cover your Spring charges.

If your file is complete and there are no items remaining on your "To Do List," your Spring aid will disburse. The first possible Spring disbursement is Thursday, January 21 for the semester beginning Monday, January 25. All remaining aid, after charges and fees are deducted, will be disbursed to you via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or a check that is mailed to you.

Please Note

  • Questions about your student account, fee payment, and being dropped from classes should be directed to Student Financial Services.
  • Students who have no pending aid or who have not made a payment by December 10 may be dropped from classes by the university.
  • You may be charged a $25 late fee if your current fees and charges are not paid by the Registration Fee Payment Deadline unless you have sufficient aid to cover the fees and your aid is clear to disburse on the first Spring financial aid disbursement date.
  • Spring registration is held until all Fall fees are paid.

Check Your "To Do List" Items

Check your Student Center and submit all requested items on your "To Do List" as soon as possible.

A full explanation for all requests is available by clicking on "more" and then opening the link to each requested item. Check your Student Center on a weekly basis after your forms show as received. If we need any additional information, it will show up on your "To Do List." Once the requested forms have been received and completed, they will be removed from your "To Do List".

Please be aware that if you fax your documents, it takes up to 3 days before the documents show as received on your Student Center. Documents that are mailed or brought into our office can take up to 4 weeks before the documents show as received on your Student Center. The date received will be recorded as the date the documents are submitted to our office.

Middle Class Scholarship

California residents from middle class families with incomes of up to $150,000  and assets of up to $150,000 may be eligible for the Middle Class Scholarship. Apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov for Middle Class Scholarship consideration. AB 540 students with a DACA number or without a social security number may also qualify and should file their Dream application at www.caldreamact.org.

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.

 

Short Term Loan Application

Regularly admitted students who are enrolled for Spring 2016 are eligible to apply for a $500 short-term loan.

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 Short-term Loan application will open on Monday, January 25 for the Spring 2016 term.

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 2015 is September 18, 2015. Deadline to submit an appeal for Spring 2016 is February 19, 2016.

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. Deadline to submit an appeal for Spring 2016 is February 19, 2016.

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 2015 term (only) is November 1, 2015. The deadline to submit an appeal for students enrolled for the Spring 2016 term is April 1, 2016.

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 November 13 to have an initial award entered in time for the Spring fee payment deadline of December 10. PLUS applications can take up to eight weeks to process.

Alternative Loan Application - All certification requests received by November 13 will be certified by the fee payment deadline of December 10 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 Spring term is February 4.

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 2016-17 will open January 2, 2016. The online application and letter of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline of February 15, 2016. If selected, the scholarship should be posted in your Student Center 2016-2017 Financial Aid Award Summary Account by late July 2016.

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.