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 recommend that you still apply for financial aid. You may not receive need-based aid, but you may qualify for low-cost 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

For each academic year for which 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.

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 CSU, Chico when completing the FAFSA or CADAA.

Apply between October 1 and March 2 for the following academic year.

March 2 is the priority application date for CSU, Chico. Your application must be received by the Office of Federal Student Aid or California Student Aid Commission by this date in order for you to be considered for all available funds. We will continue to accept applications after March 2 and distribute remaining funds throughout the academic year.

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

New and Transfer Students:

March 2 is also the GPA verification deadline for new Cal Grant applicants. If you are new to CSU, Chico, 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 CSU, Chico, continuing students with 24 or more units.

For additional information, visit our Cal Grants page.

FAFSA and CADAA Parental Information:

  • If your parent is widowed or single, answer the questions about that parent only.
  • If your widowed parent is remarried as of the date you file the FAFSA or CADAA, answer the questions about that parent and your stepparent.
  • If your parents are divorced or separated, answer the questions about the parent you lived with more during the past 12 months. (If you did not live with one parent more than the other, give answers about the parent who provided more financial support during the past 12 months, or during the most recent year that you actually received support from a parent.) If this parent is remarried as of the date you completed the FAFSA, answer the questions about that parent and your stepparent.
  • Unmarried legal parents living together must answer questions for both parents.
  • Consistent with the Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same-sex married couples must report both their information if they were LEGALLY married in a state or other jurisdiction (foreign country) that permits same-sex marriage. Additionally, unmarried same sex LEGAL parents that are living together must report both their information as well.