Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

Study Abroad and Financial Aid

Chico State offers numerous opportunities for study abroad through programs at universities throughout the world. For more information on the programs available, visit Study Abroad & Exchange.

Cost of Studying Abroad

Do not rule out studying abroad because of cost. Many programs charge the same tuition and fees as Chico State. There are additional costs, of course, associated with studying abroad with any of the programs. Carefully read through the program material and assess what personal resources you may be able to draw upon for a study abroad semester or year. We recommend that students see a Financial Aid Advisor before studying abroad and apply for financial aid by the April 1 priority deadline. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be applied to the costs of your study abroad program depending on the type of program you enroll in and your financial eligibility determined by information submitted on your FAFSA or CADAA. After you are accepted into a Study Abroad program, your Cost of Attendance may increase and you could be eligible for additional loans.

Summary of Programs and Financial Aid
Type of Aid

IP-CSU System

USACAIFSDirect Int'l ExchangeChico State sponsored programs
Federal Pell GrantYesYesYesYesYes
Cal GrantsYesNoNoYesYes
State University GrantYesNoNoYesYes
Middle Class ScholarshipYesYesYesYesYes
Federal SEOGYesYesYesYesYes
EOP GrantYesYesYesYesYes
Federal Work-StudyNoNoNoNoNo
Federal Direct LoansYesYesYesYesYes
Federal PLUS LoansYesYesYesYesYes

How Financial Aid is Disbursed

Enroll in e-Refund through your Student Center under Financials. This will allow your financial aid refund to be deposited directly to your bank account.

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), CSU Chancellor's Office International Program (IP) and American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) Payments:

If you are paying USAC, IP or AIFS fees with your financial aid, you will need to provide USAC, IP or AIFS with a copy of your Financial Aid Offer Letter. A link to this letter should have been emailed to your Wildcat email. If you need a new copy of the letter, please contact our office.

Each of these three programs will defer payment for the amount of accepted/pending aid for the term(s) you are studying abroad, as long as you are eligible for the first disbursement of the term, which is Thursday prior to the start of each term. If you have any holds or items on your To Do list, you may not be eligible for the first disbursement. See USAC’s fee page for more information. For fee payment information:

If you requested to have funds deferred for your financial aid, Student Financial Services (SFIN) will post a USAC, IP, or AIFS charge on your student account for the amount due at the program. Once your financial aid is processed SFIN will send the appropriate program and amount to pay your fees, as a courtesy. The remaining financial aid will refund to you. If you do not have enough financial aid to pay your program fees you will be responsible to pay the difference directly to your program. If your program fees are paid in full by you, your financial aid will refund to you as normal.

Direct International Exchange and Chico State Sponsored Programs

Financial aid recipients are required to pay the difference between all charges for the term and your pending aid by the fee payment deadline. View your pending financial aid in the Financials section of your Student Center.