Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

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

Announced on: Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Verification - For 2019/20, financial aid forms will now be completed electronically. Each student will create a Financial Aid Account and be able to upload most required documents online. Open or view your Financial Aid Account here. If for some reason you are unable to create a Financial Aid Account or upload documents, please contact our office for assistance at 530-898-6451. Once all forms are submitted, your file will be reviewed within eight weeks.

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. 

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 2019 is September 20, 2019. Deadline to submit an appeal for Spring 2020 is February 14, 2020.

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 2019 is September 20, 2019. Deadline to submit an appeal for Spring 2020 is February 14, 2020.

Exceptional Circumstance Appeal - Appeals are available starting August 1st each year and 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 term is November 1. The deadline to submit an appeal for students enrolled for the Spring term is April 1. Appeal forms for the 2019/20 academic year will be available August 1, 2019 and can be found here.

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

Federal Direct PLUS Application (PLUS Loan) - Parents may apply for the PLUS loan online at Federal Student Aid(opens in new window). Parents will be notified within 48 hours as to the status of their credit check. PLUS Loan processing can take up to 10 weeks. If the PLUS loan is denied, students may be eligible for additional unsubsidized loan and may contact us for more information. PLUS Loan applications for the 2019/20 academic year will be available May 15, 2019.

Alternative Loan Application - Applications take up to eight weeks to process.

External Scholarship(opens in new window) - 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 email 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(opens in new window) - The CSU, Chico Scholarship application for 2020-21 will open January 2, 2020. The online application and letter of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline of February 15, 2020.