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.

Check Your Student Aid Report

We recommend that you provide an email address on your FAFSA, so that you can be quickly notified by the Office of Federal Student Aid when your application has been processed and your student aid report (SAR) is available to review online. If you do not provide an email address, they will send you an information summary by mail.  If you do not receive your SAR within three weeks, you should contact the Office of Federal Student Aid directly at 1-800-4-FED-AID.

The SAR contains your application responses, your Expected Family Contribution, and instructions for completing the application process. Carefully review the instructions on the SAR and submit online corrections via FAFSA on the Web. Make sure both you and your parent (if applicable) sign the corrected FAFSA, using your FSA ID. If all information is correct, you may print a copy of the SAR for your records.

How You Are Notified of Your CSU, Chico Award

Once you complete your FAFSA, your information is transmitted the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.

General Timeline

Late March

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

Early to mid-April

Check your CSU, Chico Wildcat email account for notification that your estimated financial aid offer is available to view online. No award letters are sent through the mail.

Initial estimated award offers are viewable by mid-April to admitted students who have completed the FAFSA by March 2nd and had their information sent to CSU, Chico. Instructions on how to view and accept your financial aid offer through the Student Center are included in your award notification. There may be additional items needed from you to confirm your eligibility for aid. If you have any required items on your “To Do List”, your initial award offer may be delayed. Check your “To Do List” in your Student Center for “Holds” and “To Do List” items. 

Act quickly. Send us any requested documents by June 1 or within three weeks of receiving our request. This will prevent disbursement delays. When documents are received and scanned into your file, the individual requests will change from "Required" to "Received" on your "To Do List."

Beginning Late April

Files are reviewed. We review your documents and award information and make corrections as needed to your estimated offer. As long as we have received all required documents by June 1, your financial aid should be disbursed as part of our first possible fall disbursement. We review files in date order of when required documentation is received. It can take up to 12 weeks to complete a file review during our peak processing season. Continue to check your "To Do List" in case we need additional required items to complete your file. Once the items have been reviewed and completed, they will be removed from your "To Do List." You will receive updated award notifications via WildcatMail any time there is a change to your award. Access your portal account to view and accept your financial aid award revision.

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 updated award notifications via your WildcatMail 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.