Financial Aid

Financial Aid for College

Early FAFSA In Fall 2015 the President announced two major changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. While traditionally the FAFSA filing cycle begins on January 1 of the year preceding the award/academic year (e.g., January 1, 2016, for the 2016-2017 award/academic year), beginning with the 2017–2018 FAFSA cycle, the application will become available to students and their families three months earlier on October 1 (e.g., October 1, 2016, for the 2017-2018 award/academic year).

The second change announced by the President is that, again beginning with the 2017-2018 cycle, the FAFSA will collect income information from the tax/calendar year one year earlier than has been used in the past. Thus for the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students and families will provide income information from calendar year 2015 and not from calendar year 2016. Because of this, almost all tax return filers will be able to electronically transfer their tax information directly into their FAFSA by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).

The window to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens on October 1, through March 2. After March 2nd students can still apply for Federal Aide through FAFSA but can no longer apply for California State financial aid.
Step one - Register for a Federal Student Aid Identification Number (FSA ID)
Step two - Apply for Federal Student Aid through FAFSA

FAFSA4caster is a free financial aid calculator that gives you an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. This information helps families plan ahead for college.

CHS will host a Cash For College Workshop where students and parents can file their FAFSA with assistance from representatives from CSU, Chico Financial Aid Department.  The event will be held in the Chico High Library on Monday, February 1st at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  If you attend this event with your parent and you qualify for Federal Aid through FAFSA, your name will go into a drawing for a $1,000 Scholarship!  Don't miss your chance to win!