Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

University Census

Financial aid is offered based on an assumption of full-time enrollment status. Full-time enrollment is 12+ units for Undergraduates and 8+ units for Graduate students. Full-time enrollment is not required to receive financial aid, but award amounts may be reduced on or after the University Census for students enrolled below full-time enrollment.

Students can check to ensure they are enrolled in the intended number of units by visiting: Undergraduate Eligibility & Enrollment Requirements or Postbaccalaureate Eligibility & Enrollment Requirements.

2021-2022 Census Dates

  • September 20 (Fall 2021)
  • February 18 (Spring 2022)

Please note the following:

  • All financial aid may be revised based on enrollment.
  • Recipients of CSU, Chico scholarships must be enrolled full-time. Full-time is 12 units for undergraduate and credential students; eight units for graduate students.
  • CAVE Units: Students who will be taking units through CAVE for full-time enrollment must be enrolled in those units by 5 p.m. of the University Census Date.
  • Consortium Agreements: Students who will be taking units at another eligible institution for full-time enrollment status must have the units approved for funding eligibility by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office no later than University Census.
  • Credential Students: If you are eligible for a Pell Grant, you must be enrolled in a minimum of six units of Pell-Fundable Credential Coursework that is required by California to receive a professional certification or licensing credential. See our Credential Programs page for details on Pell-Fundable Credential Coursework. Generally, Pell funds will be disbursed after confirmation of enrollment in Pell-eligible courses, based on university census enrollment data. Because confirmation is a manual process, fall semester Pell Grants will be disbursed in October; spring semester Pell Grant will be disbursed in March.
  • Seniors graduating in December may have their Federal Direct Stafford loans revised based on enrollment.
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress completion rate is based on a ratio of units passed by units attempted. Units attempted are the units in which you are officially enrolled at university census date. See Satisfactory Academic Progress.