Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

Apply for Financial Aid

There are federal and state student aid programs that can assist you in paying college expenses. If you think your family has too much money to qualify, we still recommend that you apply for financial aid. You may not receive need-based aid, but you may qualify for the California Middle Class Scholarship or low interest rate student loans. View Types of Aid for more information. Whatever your situation, you apply for most financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) or CADAA (California Dream Act application).

Complete the FAFSA or CADAA Each Year You Need Aid

For each academic year you will need financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA or CADAA. There is no cost to apply for financial aid using the FAFSA or CADAA, and it is the starting point for both federal and state aid.

2024-25 FAFSA and CADAA applications are open. Typically, applications must be submitted by March 2 to be eligible for Cal Grant and Middle Class Scholarship consideration, however, for the 2024-25 academic year, the priority deadline for Cal Grant and Middle Class Scholarship has been extended to May 2, 2024. For more information about 2024-25 FAFSA changes, see our FAFSA Simplification webpage. You can also visit this webpage for tips on completing the 2024-25 FAFSA. 

Important Note: You can also submit a FAFSA or CADAA for 2023-24 if you haven't already done so. 

Students should only complete one of the applications (not both), according to the citizenship requirements below:

You are eligible to complete the FAFSA if you are a:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • Eligible non-citizen
  • T Visa holder

You are eligible to complete the CADAA if you are:

  • Undocumented
  • U Visa holders
  • Have Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Meet the non-resident exemption requirements under AB 540

Our school code is: 001146. Be sure to list Chico State when completing the FAFSA or CADAA.

For FAFSA Applicants: Review your FAFSA Submission Summary(opens in new window). After the federal processor receives and processes your FAFSA, they will email you a FAFSA Submission Summary that lists each question and your response from the FAFSA. It will also notifies you if there was an error in processing your FAFSA. Review your FAFSA Submission Summary right away for accuracy. Follow the instructions if you need to make corrections.

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Visit our FAFSA video web page or our California Programs video web page for more videos.

New and Transfer Students:

March 2 is the GPA verification deadline for new Cal Grant applicants. If you are new to Chico State, and/or have fewer than 24 college units, contact your previous school (high school or former college) to have your GPA verification sent to CSAC (see below). GPA verifications will be sent automatically for Chico State continuing students with 24 or more units. For additional information, visit our Cal Grants page.

Financial Aid Information for Parents: