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 Chico State you must:

  • Be a United States citizen/Nationalpermanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen
  • If you are CADAA applicant you must meet AB540/AB2000/SB68 guidelines and/or attended school in California. Submit a Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request (PDF) to the Office of Admissions to be considered for state aid eligibility.
  • Have a high school diploma or recognized equivalent.
  • Be admitted to a degree or credential program at Chico State. 
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • 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.
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