Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

Award Information

After you submit the FAFSA

The Office of Federal Student Aid will use the information that you provided on your FAFSA to make a determination of your eligibility to receive aid. The U.S. Department of Education will forward your information to the colleges listed on the FAFSA and to the California Student Aid Commission.

How You Are Notified of Your CSU, Chico Award

If you electronically signed your FAFSA, the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office will receive your information in as little as 3 to 5 business days. If you provided a wet signature on your FAFSA, it can take up to 3 weeks.

General Timeline


Your FAFSA is electronically downloaded from the Office of Federal Student Aid.


Estimated Financial Aid Offers are viewable through a link sent to your CSU, Chico Wildcat email. 

Estimated award offers are made to admitted students who have completed the FAFSA by March 2nd and had their information sent to CSU, Chico. Instructions on how to accept your financial aid offer through the Student Center are included in your offer. There may be additional items needed from you to confirm your eligibility for aid. For more information see our verification webpage. If you have any required items, you will be instructed on your “To Do List” to create a Financial Aid Account. Once your Financial Aid Account is created, you may electronically submit all required items. Check your “To Do List” in your Student Center for “Holds” and “To Do List” items.

Act quickly. Upload any requested documents to your Financial Aid Account by June 1 or within three weeks of receiving our request. This will prevent disbursement delays. It may take up to 8 weeks for your documents to be reviewed during our summer processing peak season. Your financial aid should disburse with the first fall disbursement (Thursday prior to the start of the term) if all tasks on your Financial Aid Account and items on your To Do List have been submitted by the June 1 priority deadline.

Awards Can Change

Your financial aid is estimated using your initial FAFSA information. Your award may be revised if any information was incorrectly reported. Other common reasons for award adjustment include changes in enrollment, residency status, or over-awards due to receipt of aid from other sources.

Your initial financial aid offer is based on full–time enrollment, which is 12 units per semester for undergraduates, teaching credential candidates, and students pursuing a second bachelor's degree, and 8 units per semester for graduate students enrolled in a master's degree program.

You will receive an updated financial aid offer viewable through a link sent to your Wildcat email if there is a change to your award. Check both your email and Student Center frequently.

Click here for information on how funds are disbursed.