Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

Information for Recipients

Congratulations on being awarded a Wildcat Scholarship. As a scholarship recipient, you must complete the following steps before your Wildcat Scholarship can be posted to your student account.

  • You must be enrolled full-time (12 units for undergraduates or credential, 8 units for graduates).
  • You must accept your scholarship through your Chico State Student Center. Enter the Student Center via the Chico portal.
  • Scholarship Hold on your account--if you have done all of the above and you have a scholarship hold still, this means funds have not been received yet to disburse your scholarship. Once funds has been requested and received it will be disbursed. 

The first disbursement of Wildcat Scholarships is generally the Thursday prior to the first week of classes and then each Thursday following as awards are accepted and holds are completed.

Your scholarship will be posted to your student financial account. It will pay registration fees or other charges due on your student account for the term of the award. The balance remaining after all charges are paid will be sent as a check to your mailing address, or deposited electronically via e-Refund.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Recipients

Depending on your financial unmet need, your financial aid award may be adjusted. Scholarships specific to paying tuition/fees may also reduce other fee based aid.

If you have questions or concerns about how your scholarship(s) will affect your aid, please email in new window) or call Financial Aid and Scholarship at 530-898-6451. You may schedule an appointment with a Financial Aid Advisor to review your financial aid award. 

Income Tax Information

Thank You Letters

Thank you letters are extremely important to many of the individual donors and businesses who support the Wildcat Scholarship program, and are much appreciated. You will receive a request from University Advancement(opens in new window) or an email from Wildcat Scholarships for thank you letter(s) which will be forwarded to a scholarship donor.