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Office of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Checklist

These steps will lead you through the process of becoming enrolled at CSU, Chico and activating your benefits.

Step 1: Apply for Admission

Students who wish to be enrolled at CSU, Chico must apply through Cal State Apply(opens in new window).  Cal State Apply will allow you to apply to any school within the CSU System.  Ensure that you indicate your status as a veteran to take advantage of veteran privileges.  For more information, contact the CSU, Chico Office of Veterans Affairs at 530-898-5911 or at:

In order to finalize your benefit package, you must be admitted to CSU, Chico.

To determine your entry status, please select from the following options:

Do you have less than 60 semester (90 quarter) transferable units? (PDF)

(Note:  All veterans receive college credit from basic training, etc. that makes you a transfer student even though you may have never attended a college or university.  We are not traditionally open to lower division applicants but may make exceptions for veterans.)

Do you have more than 60 semester (90 quarter) transferable units? (PDF)

Step 2: Contact Office of Veteran Affairs

a. If you've never used VA educational benefits before, you must apply to the VA through in new window) Direct deposit is recommended during the application.

b. If this is your first semester at CSU, Chico or if you will be receiving benefits under a different program than previous semesters, you will have to fill out our Intake Form. (PDF)

c. For every semester you wish to receive benefits, you will have to fill out our Application for Benefits Form. (PDF)

d. If you will attend classes during the summer or winter intercession periods, you will have to fill out our Summer/Intercession Application Form. (PDF)

e. Attach these documents to an email from your Chico State email account and email them to:

f. Some benefits require extra steps.  For specific instructions regarding each VA benefit and VA requirements, visit our Using Education Benefits at Chico State page. 

Step 3: Contact Financial Aid Office

Start the application for financial aid through the CSU, Chico Financial Aid website -- priority deadline is March 2nd. VA educational benefits are non-taxable and are not counted as income.

NoteMost veterans are qualified for financial aid grant money. These grants do not need to be paid back.  VA educational benefits are not taxable income and do not count as income for non-tuition based financial aid.

Step 4: Contact Academic Advising

a. Get in touch with an academic adviser for information about what classes you should register for during your first semester at Chico State.

b. Attend Summer Orientation. This is an important step because you can meet with an academic adviser and enroll in classes early. Our office also organizes an orientation specifically for veterans. Please contact us if you are interested in attending.  Veterans receive a discounted rate for Orientation.

c. Register for classes. Try to register as early as possible because some classes at Chico State fill up quickly, especially general education courses.

Student Veteran Bobby Rodgers Fall 2017