International Student and Scholar Services

Scholarships and Other Financial Resources

  • International Student Excellence Scholarship

    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 - this is the International Student Excellence Scholarship.

    *Graduate international students should contact their program coordinators if they are interested in being considered for a non-resident tuition fee waiver.

    Minimum Eligibility Requirements

      • 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.
      • Only admitted or continuing students may apply.
      • The minimum qualifying cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 3.3 (or the equivalent).
      • In addition to scholastic merit (grades), all applicants must demonstrate financial need.

    Duration of Award

    This scholarship is 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

    Deadline to apply is April 1. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Chico State International Student Excellence Scholarship Application 2022-23

    Scholastic merit and financial need are the primary factors in determining awardees. 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

      • Applicants will be notified two weeks after the application filing deadline.
      • Awardees must notify the Office of International Education and Global Engagement, within two weeks of notification, whether they intend to accept the award.
      • Award amounts may vary from year to year. Awardees will be notified with regard to the details of their awards in writing.
      • Awardees must be enrolled in at least 10 units each semester in order to be eligible.
      • Number of scholarships available is not guaranteed and is subject to funding availability .
      • Being awarded a scholarship does not waive the requirement for a student to provide financial documentation for admission purposes.
      • Each year, continuing students with qualifying GPAs will receive email invitations to apply for the scholarship from the Office of International Education and Global Engagement.
  • Wildcat Scholarships

    CSU, Chico Scholarships

    Apply to over 700 different scholarships with a single application - open to all CSU, Chico students.

  • Outside Financial Resources
  • 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.

  • Financial Aid for Latin American and Caribbean International Students

    The Rowe Fund is an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS) that helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States by awarding interest-free loans of up to US$15,000 dollars.