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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 account 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 any "Holds" and your "To Do List".

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

  • Use direct deposit for receipt of financial aid refunds. You can enroll in Direct Deposit in your Student Center under the Finances section.

  • Estimated financial aid awards will be based on full-time enrollment. If you enroll in fewer units, your aid may be prorated after the university census date.

  • 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 and like our Facebook page at in new window) for announcements and upcoming financial aid deadlines.