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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.

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

  • Be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen. View Glossary for citizen/ national and eligible-non-citizen
  • Have a high school diploma or recognized equivalent
  • Be admitted to a degree or credential program at CSU, Chico. Students taking courses through Regional and Continuing Education(opens in new window), who are regularly admitted to the University, may qualify for financial aid
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Not have a federal or state drug conviction while receiving financial aid
  • Not owe repayment of previous grants
  • Be in good standing on previous student loans
  • Reapply for aid each year by submitting a FAFSA
  • Be enrolled at University Census in a minimum of half-time units for state aid, federal loans and Work-study
  • Have not exceeded federal grant and loan limits
  • AB 540 eligible students(opens in new window) may qualify for state aid programs, but are not eligible for federal aid. AB 540 students must submit a California Dream Application.