Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

Basic Eligibility Requirements

Many factors determine eligibility for federal and state student aid programs. Your basic eligibility is decided by the information you provide on the FAFSA or CADAA.

To receive federal and/or state financial aid from CSU, Chico, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen/Nationalpermanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen
  • Have a high school diploma or recognized equivalent
  • Be admitted to a degree or credential program at CSU, Chico. 
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Not have a federal or state drug conviction while receiving financial aid
  • Not owe repayment of previous financial aid.
  • Be in good standing on previous student loans
  • Reapply for aid each year by submitting a FAFSA or CADAA
  • Enroll in enough units to qualify for the aid source. Most aid requires a minimum half-time enrollment status to receive a portion of the aid offered, or full-time enrollment status to receive the full award offered. Aid may be reduced after the University Census date, if you are enrolled below full-time status. 
  • Have not exceeded grant and loan annual or life-time limits
  • If you are being charged nonresident tuition and you meet AB540/AB2000/SB68 guidelines and/or attended school in California, submit a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request form (PDF) to the Office of Admissions to be considered for state aid eligibility.
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