Financial Aid & Scholarship Office


Grants are a form of financial aid that are based on need and disbursed according to enrollment requirements. Grants do not have to be repaid. 

Federal Grants

To be considered for federal grants, complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

There are four types of federal student aid grants available and one specialized grant/loan combination.

All grants are awarded according to financial need, as determined by the federal formula that calculates your Student Aid Index (SAI) from the information you submitted on the FAFSA. 

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  • Federal Pell Grant

    Federal Pell Grant
    Undergraduate and credentialed students

    • Depends on SAI, enrollment status, and duration of attendance.
    • Students are limited to a total of six full-time years (600%) of Pell Grant eligibility. You can log into "My Aid" using your FSA ID to determine the percentage of Pell grant you have received to date and see how much Pell eligibility you have left.
    • Need based, does not require repayment
  • Federal Iraq Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG)

    Federal Iraq Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG)
    Undergraduate students

    • Identified by Department of Defense
    • Dependent of deceased Veteran of Iraq/Afghanistan War
    • 23 years of age or younger at the time of Veteran's death
    • If older than 23 years of age, enrolled at institution of higher learning at the time of death
    • Not based on need, does not require repayment
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
    • Must be Pell–eligible undergraduate
    • Must have a zero Expected Family Contribution
    • Funds are very limited
    • Need based, does not require repayment
  • Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

    Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

    • Must be Pell-eligible and had a parent or guardian die in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer
    • Must be less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent’s or guardian’s death
    • Continues to be eligible for the scholarship in subsequent award years, as long as student has a Pell-eligible SAI and remains an eligible student
    • See application on our Forms page.
  • Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH)
    • Must be PBAC student in eligible credential or graduate program
    • Must file a FAFSA and have official SAI
    • Minimum GPA of 3.25 or be a current or retired teacher obtaining a Master's degree
    • Must be enrolled in a TEACH-eligible program plan
    • Must complete initial and subsequent counseling and sign Agreement to Serve (ATS)
    • Four years of teaching service is required or will require repayment
    • Not based on need

State Grants

There are grant programs available for California residents only. Residency status is determined by the Office of Admissions at the time of your application. By filing the FAFSA or CADAA by the priority 2024-25 deadline of May 2, eligible students may be considered for one of the following state grants.

  • Cal Grant

    Cal Grant 
    Undergraduate and some credential students

    • Depends on family income and asset amounts
    • Minimum GPA requirements
    • Assists with payment of tuition fees
    • Eligibility will be reduced by fee waiver or third party fee payment
    • New applicants must apply by May 2, 2024
    • Need based, does not require repayment
  • State University Grant (SUG)

    State University Grant (SUG)
    Undergraduate, credential, and graduate students

    • Student Aid Index (SAI) up to $4,000
    • Eligibility is limited by degree program and number of earned units. 
    • Assists with payment of tuition fees
    • Eligibility will be reduced by fee waiver or third party fee payment
    • Apply by May 2 for 2024-25 - subject to availability of funds
    • Need based, does not require repayment
  • Graduate Business Grant (MBA Fees Grant)

    Graduate Business Grant (MBA Fees Grant)
    Graduate Business students

    • Must be assessed a Graduate Business Professional Fee
    • Depends on Student Aid Index (SAI)
    • Be enrolled in a minimum of one fee-authorized course
    • Need based, does not require repayment

Program–Specific Grants

There are state and federal grants administered by Chico State for students who have been admitted to specific programs. Eligibility for these grants is based on Chico State admission, program admission, and financial need as determined by the FAFSA or CADAA.