Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

Financial Aid Checklist

Bookmark or download the Financial Aid and Scholarship Checklist (PDF) to help you keep track of where you are in the financial aid process, from applying through receiving funds. Dream applicants can use the Checklist for Dream Students (PDF). You can also download 10 Financial Aid Tips (PDF) or 10 Financial Aid Tips in Spanish (PDF)

In addition, we suggest you follow these tips for financial aid success throughout your education at CSU, Chico: 

  • Apply for financial aid each year regardless of your family income. Low-interest federal loans and Middle Class Scholarships may be available, even if you do not qualify for grant aid.

  • Submit an application for the CSU, Chico scholarships every year. The scholarship application is open January 2 – February 15 for the next academic year.

  • Keep your contact information up to date. View and update address, phone, and email information in the personal information section of your Student Center.

  • Check your Wildcat email frequently for financial aid revisions and communications. 

  • Accept, reduce, or decline your financial aid awards promptly. Awards may be cancelled if timely action is not taken.

  • Check your Student Center frequently to view and complete any Holds and items on your To Do list.

  • Create a Financial Aid Account to upload documents and electronically complete required tasks.

  • Use e-Refund (direct deposit) for receipt of financial aid refunds. You can enroll in e-Refund in your Student Center under the Financials section.

  • The financial aid offered to you is based on an assumption that you will be enrolled full-time in a program leading to an eligible degree or credential. Full-time enrollment is 12+ units for Undergraduates and 8+ units for Graduate students. In order for your aid to disburse for the amount offered to you, you must accept the aid and enroll in the required number of units. If you are enrolled below full-time at University Census your financial aid award may be reduced or cancelled to match your eligibility based on actual enrolled units.

  • Pay your registration fees by the fee payment deadline. Pending financial aid will defer your fees until the financial aid is credited to your account. If your financial aid will not cover all university charges, you must pay the difference by the fee payment deadline. Visit Student Financial Services(opens in new window) for more information.

  • Frequently visit www.csuchico/fa, like our Facebook page at in new window), and follow us on Instagram @chicostatefineaid(opens in new window) for announcements and upcoming financial aid deadlines.