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Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

Summer Financial Aid Information

2020 Summer Enrollment

Students are not required to file a summer aid application this year. After enrolling in summer courses, your financial aid eligibility will be automatically determined based on your FAFSA/CADAA and enrollment.

Most Summer Session 2020 courses are offered through Regional & Continuing Education. For a complete schedule and registration information, visit Regional & Continuing Education website. Also see the Class Schedule for information on State Summer Term (restricted offerings).

Change in Enrollment for Summer Session:

Self-service registration for summer closes at midnight on May 8, 2020. Starting May 9, all Add/Drops/Swaps require additional forms.

Important Dates

Important Dates
April 1:Registration opens
April 24:

Summer Enrollment Priority Deadline to defer fees
Students enrolling for summer aid after April 24 will need to pay fees to secure enrollment in summer courses.

May 8

Fee Payment Deadline for RCE Self-Support Summer Term Classes

May 15:Fee Payment Deadline for Limited State-Support classes 
Limited State Support programs include: Social Work and Master's in Education.
Summer financial aid applicants who are enrolled through RCE please contact RCE for specific fee payment deadlines.
June 1:Summer Session begins
Aug. 18:Summer Session ends

2020 Summer Financial Aid

Requirements Prior to Summer Aid Consideration

You must:

  • Have a 2019-2020 FAFSA or CADAA on file. Your financial aid file must be complete, with all corrections and required documents received by May 8, 2020.
  • Enroll in your summer courses via the Student Center on your Portal account. 
  • Financial aid students must pay the difference between their registration fees and anticipated aid by the fee payment deadline (see important dates above). Students who did not enroll by the priority deadline of April 24 must pay full fees by the fee payment deadline to hold classes. There will be no fee deferment after the priority deadline.
  • Summer Financial Aid will not be awarded for waitlisted courses.

To be eligible for summer financial aid, you must:

  1. Be a continuing matriculated* CSU, Chico student or regularly admitted into a degree-granting or credential program for Summer 2020.
  2. You must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 units for summer.
  3. Have a 2019-20 FAFSA or CADAA on file with the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office, with all verifications, corrections and updates received from the FAFSA processor by May 8, 2020. You may complete a 2019-20 FAFSA online. CSU, Chico’s federal school code is 001146.
  4. You must have made satisfactory academic progress and be within the federal aid maximum units requirements (180 attempted units undergraduates, 60 units for postbaccalaureate students).
  5. Register for classes beginning April 1, 2020.
  6. You must accept, reduce, or decline summer aid through you Student Center account.
  7. Failure to attend classes after receiving aid will require repayment.
  8. Class enrollment changes, including school cancellation of a class, will result in adjustment of aid and repayment by you, if applicable. See Change of Enrollment above for specific dates/instructions.
  9. If you received a fee waiver or an outside agency paid your fees during the 2019-20 academic year, you must contact Financial Services at (530) 898-5936 to confirm continued receipt of benefits for summer. 
  10. If you are considering a CSU Visitor agreement for summer, make an appointment with a financial aid advisor.

*A matriculated student is a student who has, through normal procedures, been formally admitted to and enrolled at CSU, Chico to pursue an authorized degree, credential, or certificate.

Types of Summer Aid

RCE University Grant

These funds are limited and will be awarded until exhausted. A $550 grant is available for students  enrolled in a minimum of 3 units. A $1100 grant is available for students enrolled in a minimum of 6 units. Graduate students, State Support classes, and Special Session classes are not eligible for RCE University Grants. You are not eligible for RCE University Grant if a fee waiver or if a third party is paying your fees.

Remaining Academic Year Pell Grant

If you are enrolled in 3-5 units, you may be eligible for remaining Pell Grant if you have not already received both full-time semester awards during the 2019-20 academic year. Utilization of Pell will count toward lifetime usage limits. Graduate students and conditionally classified credential students are not eligible. Pell eligibility is determined by your FAFSA and awards are prorated according to units of enrollment.

Summer Pell Grant

If you are enrolled in a minimum of 6 units, you may be eligible for additional Pell Grant up to 150% of the annual award amount. Utilization of Pell will count toward lifetime usage limits. Graduate students and conditionally classified credential students are not eligible. Pell eligibility is determined by your FAFSA and awards are prorated according to units of enrollment.

State University Grant (SUG)

These funds are very limited and are only available to State Support students. Grants will be equal to the state university fee and may be available to students with an EFC of 0-4000. Graduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 units. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units. You are not eligible for SUG if a fee waiver or a third party is paying fees.

Federal Direct Stafford Loans

Must have eligibility remaining from the 2019-20 academic year and be within aggregate maximum limits of Stafford Loans. Undergraduate and credential students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units. Master's students must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 units.

Summer Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study is available to continuing students currently employed in a Federal Work-Study position and who will continue working in that same position during the summer months. A separate Summer Federal Work-Study application is required for approval by our financial aid office prior to working during the June – August months. The Summer Federal Work-Study application must be submitted to you department manager and/or supervisor for review and signature prior to submitting to our office. The application can be found here (PDF). The priority deadline is April 30th for those appointed to a work-study position starting in June.

PLUS loans

PLUS Loans are available on a separate application. Undergraduate and credential students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units. Master's students must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 units.

Alternative Private Loans

Contact a lender for application information and requirements regarding alternative private loans.