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Financial Aid & Scholarship Office


If you are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, on active military duty, or a dependent of a veteran, you may be eligible for a variety of financial aid resources. The role of the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office is to coordinate all Veteran’s benefits with federal, state and institutional aid to ensure you receive the maximum aid available to you.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Veterans Benefits

  • Can I receive both financial aid and Veterans Benefits?
  • Yes. The place to start is with the Veteran’s Affairs Office. You will also want to file a FAFSA or CADAA to determine if you are eligible for federal and/or state aid in addition to the Veteran’s Benefits.

  • Do I have to report my Veterans Education Benefits on the FAFSA or CADAA?
  • No, you are not required to report Veterans Education Benefits on the FAFSA or CADAA. However, non-education Veteran Benefits must be reported. 

  • What is the Cal Vet Tuition Waiver? 

    The Cal Vet Tuition Waiver is a benefit that waives the system-wide tuition fee for eligible Veteran dependents (it does not waive campus fees).

  • Can I receive both the Cal Vet Tuition Waiver and the Cal Grant or State University Grant at the same time? 

    No, the California Veteran Tuition Waiver and the Cal Grant or State University Grant are both considered fee-paying resources. Therefore, students are only eligible to receive one of these aid sources during their period of enrollment. The Cal Grant or State University Grant will be awarded in lieu of the Cal Vet Fee Waiver if the student is eligible.

  • Who should I contact when my Veterans Benefits expire?

    Contact the CSU, Chico Veterans Affairs Office.

  • What happens to my financial aid if I am called to Active Duty? 

    Please notify the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office if you are called to active duty. You will not be responsible for paying back funds disbursed to you during that term. Your loans will enter repayment within six months because you will be enrolled less than half-time. If you are unable to pay the loan at that time, you may request a Military Deferment thru your student loan servicer to postpone the repayment of your loans.

Additional Resources

The videos below have important financial aid information and here are some additional Financial Aid Tips (PDF).