International Student Services

Opportunities for Financial Assistance

CSU, Chico is a state-supported public institution funded by taxes paid by California residents. While California residents and US citizens do have access to federal and state financial aid programs, international students are limited to University and private scholarships, of which there are many.

In addition to scholarships, CSU, Chico additionally awards a limited number of non-resident fee waivers for both undergraduate and graduate international students.     


Non-Resident Tuition Fee Waivers

Each year, a limited number of non-resident tuition fee waivers are available to undergraduate international students (F-1 visa holders) on a competitive basis.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  1. Only students who are seeking to earn a degree from CSU, Chico may apply.  Short-term, non-degree seeking students are not eligible to apply.
  2.  Only admitted or continuing students may apply.
  3. The minimum qualifying cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 3.3 (or the equivalent).
  4. In addition to scholastic merit (grades), all applicants must demonstrate financial need. 

Duration of Award

  1. Non-resident tuition fee waivers are granted for one academic year (fall and spring semesters). Recipients are required to maintain an eligible GPA to continue receiving the award in the second semester. Qualified recipients may re-apply each year to continue receiving the award. Since waivers are granted on a competitive basis, a recipient is not guaranteed to receive the award beyond the initial award year.

Application Process 

  1. Submit the non-resident tuition fee waiver application and supporting documents to by  April 1.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  2. Scholastic merit and financial need are the primary factors in determining awardees for non-resident tuition fee waivers.  Extra-curricular, leadership, and volunteer activities may be considered in cases where the Committee must differentiate between candidates with the same scholastic merit and financial need.

Award Process

  1. Applicants will be notified two weeks after the application filing deadline.
  2. Awardees must notify International Education and Global Engagement, within two weeks of notification, whether they intend to use the non-resident tuition fee waiver or not.
  3. Non-resident tuition fee waiver awards may vary from year to year.  Awardees will be notified with regard to the details of their awards in writing.
  4. Awardees must be enrolled in at least 10 units each semester in order to receive a non-resident tuition fee waiver award.  

*Number of non-resident tuition fee waivers available is not guaranteed and is subject to funding availability.

*Being awarded a non-resident tuition fee waiver does not waive the requirement for a student to provide financial documentation for admission purposes.

New students will receive a Non-Resident Tuition Fee Waiver Scholarship application in their welcome packets.  Each year, continuing students with qualifying GPAs will receive email invitations to apply for the fee waiver from International Education and Global Engagement.

Emergency Short-Term Loan Program

The International Student Emergency Short-term Loan program is another source of aid for students who require a small amount of financial help on a temporary basis. Ask an International Student Advisor for details. These loans must be repaid within 90 days.