Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
Kelly Russell, Director
Joyal Administration (North Lobby),
Financial aid is any resource available to students to offset the costs associated with attending California State University, Fresno. Aside from student and family resources, there are four basic programs of financial aid: grants, loans, work-study, and student support from scholarships, sponsorships, tuition waivers, veteran’s benefits, stipends, etc. About 95 percent of these programs are administered by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and the majority are funded by federal and state government programs.
Students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application determine eligibility for most programs. Students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
The official priority filing date is March 2 for the following.
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program.
Federal Direct Stafford Student Loan
Federal Work-Study Nursing Student Loan
Bureau of Indian Affairs Grant
California Graduate Equity Fellowship Program for Underrepresented Students
California State Educational Opportunity Grant (EOP)
California State University Grant
Cal Grants A, B, T, and AB540
State Graduate Fellowship
For details about all federal and state aid programs available at Fresno State, visit the financial aid website at www.fresnostate.edu/financialaid.
For questions about completing the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application, please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office or visit the websites at www.fafsa.gov and https://dream.csac.ca.gov.
Additional Financial Aid Sources
Alan Pattee Scholarships. Pursuant to the Alan Pattee Scholarship Act, Education Code Section 68120, children of deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employees, who were California residents and who were killed in the course of law enforcement or fire suppression duties, are not charged mandatory systemwide fees or tuition of any kind at any California State University campus. Students who may qualify for these benefits should contact the Registrar's Office for an eligibility determination.
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarships. The Air Force ROTC program at California State University, Fresno offers full two-year, three-year, and four-year, scholarships for both technical and non-technical majors. These scholarships cover a tuition of up to $4,500 per semester for undergraduate students working toward their prospective degree.
Fresno State is one of AFROTC's six Hispanic Serving Institutions and Fresno State students are eligible for AFROTC HSI Scholarships. Eligible students need not be Hispanic to qualify, but may compete for the scholarship (after one semester in our program) on the spring scholarship board after nomination by the AFROTC Det 035 commander.
These scholarships also include a yearly textbook payment of up to $900. This total
does not include a monthly stipend pay for all cadets who are contracted, whether
under a scholarship or not. Stipend pay is tax free money given to students who are
contracted with the Air Force ROTC program and are enrolled as full-time students
(12 or more units). Stipend pay depends on your academic year as follows: freshmen
$300, sophomores $350, juniors $450, and seniors $500. To qualify for the scholarships,
you must graduate before turning age 31 and have at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA. Applications
should be submitted to the Department of Aerospace Studies. For additional information,
contact our unit admission officer at 559.278.2593 For more on AFROTC, see Aerospace
Army Training Corps Officer. The Army ROTC program at California State University, Fresno has the following options available for fully qualified students to fund undergraduate and in some cases graduate degrees.
- High School: The Army ROTC Four-Year Scholarship program is available to students who have graduated from high school or possess an equivalent certificate before September of the year they enter college. Scholarships pay up to $20,000 a year for college tuition and education fees, or up to $10,000 room and board, whichever is chosen by the student. Additional scholarship benefits are also available.
- On-Campus Scholarships: For fully qualified students already attending Fresno State, we offer three- and two-year scholarships. These scholarships are limited and are awarded on a competitive bases.
- On-Campus Non-Scholarships: All contracted students enrolled in the ROTC program receive an annual allowance of as much as $5,000 and can earn as much as $23,000 during their college careers.
- Simultaneous Membership Program: The California National Guard and Reserve provides 100% tuition assistance to qualified students.
These scholarships also include a yearly textbook payment of up to $1,200. Monthly stipend pay depends on a student's academic year as follows: freshmen $300, sophomores $350, juniors $450, seniors $500. To qualify for the scholarships, you must graduate before turning age 31 and have at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA.
For additional information contact our scholarship assistance officer at 559.278.5460
or see the Department ofMilitary Science.
Graduate Assistantships. A number of graduate assistantships and teaching associateships are available to students who are enrolled in a master's degree program. For additional information, see the Division of Research and Graduate Studies.
Division of Research and Graduate Studies Student Research Awards and Travel Grants. For additional information, see the Division of Research and Graduate Studies.
Nonresident Tuition Waivers. A select number of non-resident tuition waivers are available for outstanding graduate students who demonstrate the potential to make significant academic and professional contributions in their disciplines and the graduate program. Recipients are expected to work with the K-12 system in giving lectures/presentations. For additional information, contact the department.
Resident Advisers and Public Safety Assistants. University Courtyard employs up to 17 students to work as resident advisers (RAs) and eight students to work as public safety assistants (PSAs) in the residence halls. RAs act as effective role models, develop a cohesive community of students, organize and conduct programs, and serve as a resource to students living on-campus. PSAs patrol the buildings and grounds, and provide escort services. Applications are available from the University Courtyard Housing Office at the beginning of November.
University Association and Foundation Loan Funds. The university operates an Emergency Loan Fund to assist students who need up to a maximum of $600 for educationally related emergency expenses only. These loans must be repaid within 90 days or before the end of the semester, as designated by Perkins and Nursing Loan Counseling Services. Loans are granted on the basis of the students' need and ability to repay. The funds for these programs have been provided by gifts to the university. Applications for loans are processed through Perkins and Nursing Loan Counseling Office, Joyal Administration Building, Room 152.
Waivers of Nonresident Fees. Upon written waiver by the dean of students or the director of admissions and records, children or spouses of California State University full-time employees, who are not yet legal residents of California, may be exempted from the nonresident fee. Also, with verification by the dean of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, certificated California school district employees who are not yet legal residents of California may be exempted from the nonresident fee, if they are provisionally credentialed and working toward regular credentials, completing postponed requirements, or completing the fifth year required under the Teacher Preparation and Licensing Law of 1970 (Ryan Act).
Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grants (LEPD). Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grants range from $1,259 to $12,192 per year for up to four years for dependents and spouses of law enforcement officers killed or totally disabled in the line of duty. Applicants should write to the California Student Aid Commission for a special application.
CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program. The largest program of its kind in the nation, the CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program is designed to increase the pool of individuals who show promise of becoming strong candidates for California State University instructional faculty positions. The program provides loans of up to $10,000 per year up to a total of $30,000 within five years. For each year of full-time postdoctoral teaching at a CSU campus, individuals are granted loan forgiveness at a rate of 20% per year. Information is available through the Division of Research and Graduate Studies,559.278.2448 or visit www.calstate.edu/HR/FLP.
Satisfactory academic progress requirements. To conform with the regulations that govern state and federal student financial aid
programs, the university is required to define and enforce standards of satisfactory
academic progress for all students.
All funds administered by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office are subject to these standards.
The intent of these standards is to encourage students to make steady progress toward the completion of all degree or credential requirements within a reasonable period of time. The entire Satisfactory Academic Progress policy is available at http://fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/financialaid/policies/sap.
All recipients of financial aid must notify the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office prior to dropping below the units identified as units funded on their award notification. Aid recipients who fail to comply with these requirements may be subject to cancellation of their financial aid award and/or repayment of aid received.
The regulations also address the issue of time-to-degree. An undergraduate student's funding will be suspended once a student exceeds 180 total units taken. (Some exceptions are granted.) A postbaccalaureate student's funding will be suspended once a student in a 30-unit degree program exceeds 38 total units taken. (Some exceptions are granted.) Graduate students enrolled in programs requiring 60 units will be granted an exception upon request.
All prior academic activity at the college level is considered in determining total
units taken. Total units taken includes all transfer credit recorded, whether or not
applicable to the degree, in addition to units taken at California State University,
All financial aid recipients are reviewed for satisfactory academic progress at the end of each semester. The following criteria are used for determination of satisfactory progress: (1) A, B, C, D, and CR are acceptable indicators of satisfactory academic progress; (2) F, I, W, WU, NC, RP, RD, AU are not acceptable.
A more detailed explanation of satisfactory academic progress requirements at California State University, Fresno is available on the website at http://fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/financialaid or in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, Joyal Administration Building (North Lobby).
Joyal Administration, Room 296
University Scholarship Program
Fresno State awards more than a thousand scholarships totaling more than $3.8 million to incoming and continuing students. Institutional scholarships range from $100 to almost $12,000 and are awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarships are offered by various colleges, departments and organizations to students who meet specific criteria.
Factors for Consideration of Scholastic Achievement
- Academic major or career interests
- Involvement in school organizations
- Leadership and participation in community activities
- Full-time enrollment
Depending on specific donor criteria these factors can vary, so regardless of accomplishments, interests, or background, we encourage all students to apply online for consideration of general and departmental scholarships.
Scholarship Application Procedures
The scholarship application for Fresno State will be available online starting October 1 of each year. The "priority" application deadline is the following March 2. However, several scholarship opportunities will remain open beyond that deadline for specific majors, programs, or student groups. Therefore, we encourage all students to occasionally log-in to check their application status and to see if there are any new scholarship opportunities available.
The University Scholarship website provides a one-stop opportunity to apply for hundreds of institutional scholarships by submitting just one application. Simply log on to http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/scholarships/index.html to complete and submit the online scholarship application.
Additional On-Campus Scholarship Opportunities
Requiring a Separate Application
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarships. Air Force ROTC three-year, four-year, and graduate degree scholarships are available in many technical and non-technical majors to cover the costs of fees and tuition, book allowance, lab fees, and a monthly stipend. For additional information log on to http://www.fresnostate.edu/afrotc/ or see Aerospace Studies in this catalog.
Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarships. The U.S. Army offers two-, three-, and four-year scholarships at different monetary levels to qualified students in a variety of academic disciplines. For additional information log on to http://www.fresnostate.edu/craig/depts-programs/army/index.html or see Military Science in this catalog.
Athletics. The department of Athletics complements the academic mission of the university by offering students an athletic experience of high quality through broad-based, competitive sports programs for both men and women. To provide such an experience, the department is committed to integrity and excellence in both athletics and academics through a comprehensive academic support system. For additional information see Athletics in this catalog.
Craig Scholarships and Fresno Merchants Scholarship Program. These are awarded to incoming freshmen who certify their intention of obtaining a B.S. in business administration. Renewal each year is based on continued eligibility and proper progress toward the business degree. For additional information log on to http://www.fresnostate.edu/craig/scholarships/scholars.html or contact the Craig School of Business at 559.278.2482.
The Community Service Scholarship Program provides scholarships of up to $1000 to students who are selected to complete 150 hours of community service. Positions are available to Fresno State students during the academic year and summer months. For more information, contact the office of Career Services at 559.278.2381.
Smittcamp Family Honors College. California State University, Fresno also offers the President's Honors Scholarships
through the Smittcamp Family Honors College. Admission to this prestigious program
provides a four-year scholarship to high achieving, incoming freshmen. Each student
receives a grant equivalent to full tuition, fees, and costs to cover housing on campus
for all four years of study. For additional information log on to http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/honors/index.html or contact the Honors College at 559.278.8160.
For a comprehensive listing of these and other scholarship opportunities at California State University, Fresno, visit our website at http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/scholarships/.
The California Education Code provides for the waiver of mandatory systemwide tuition fees as follows:
- Section 66025.3 –Dependent eligible to receive assistance under Article 2 of Chapter 4 of Division 4 of the Military and Veterans Code; child of veteran of the United States military who has a service-connected disability, has been killed in service, or has died of a service-connected disability, and meets specified income provisions; dependent, or surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a member of the California National Guard who, in the line of duty, and while in the active service of the state, was killed, died of a disability resulting from an event that occurred while in the active service of the state, or is permanently disabled as a result of an event that occurred while in the active service of the state; and undergraduate student who is a recipient of a Medal of Honor, or undergraduate student who is a child of a recipient of a Medal of Honor who is no more than 27 years old, meets the income restriction and California residency requirement.
- Section 66602 – Qualifying students from the California State University that are appointed by the Governor to serve as Trustees of the California State University for two-year terms.
- Section 68120 – Surviving spouse or child of a deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression and prevention employee who was California resident and was killed in the performance of active law enforcement or fire suppression and prevention duties (referred to as Alan Pattee Scholarships), must enrolls as an undergraduate student at the California State University and meets income restriction requirement.
- Section 68121 – Qualifying students enrolled in an undergraduate program who are the surviving dependent of any individual killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in southwestern Pennsylvania, if the student meets the financial need requirements set forth in Section 69432.7 for the Cal Grant A Program and either the surviving dependent or the individual killed in the attacks was a resident of California on September 11, 2001.
Students who may qualify for the above benefits should contact the Admissions/Registrar’s Office for further information and/or an eligibility determination.
The California Education Code provides for the following nonresident tuition exemptions:
- Section 68075.7 – Nonresident students are exempt from paying nonresident tuition or any other fee that is exclusively applicable to nonresident students if they (1) reside in California, (2) meet the definition of "covered individual" as defined in subsection (c) of Section 3679 of Title 38 of the United States Code, as that provision read on July 1, 2015; and (3) are eligible for education benefits under either the federal Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program or the Post-9/11 GI Bill program as each read on July 1, 2015.
- Section 68122 – Students who are victims of trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes who have been granted T or U visa status shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition to the same extent as individuals who are admitted to the United States as refugees under Section 1157 of Title 8 of the United States Code.
- Section 68130.5 – Students who are not residents of California are exempt from paying nonresident tuition if they (1) (a) attended high school in California for three or more years, or (b) attained credits earned from a California high school equivalent to three or more years of full-time high school coursework and a total of three or more years of attendance in California elementary schools, California secondary schools, or a combination of those schools; (2) graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent; and (3) registered as an entering student or are currently enrolled at a CSU campus. In addition, students without lawful immigration status will be required to file an affidavit stating that they have filed an application to legalize their immigration status, or will file an application as soon as they are eligible to do so. This exemption from paying nonresident tuition does not apply to students who are non-immigrant aliens within the meaning of 8 United States Code 1101(a)(15), except as provided by Section 68122 above.
Students who may qualify for any of these benefits should contact the Admissions/Registrar's Office for further information on the specific requirements and/or an eligibility determination.
Availability of Institutional and Financial Assistance Information
The following information concerning student financial assistance may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office, Joyal Administration Building (North Lobby), 559.278.2182 (see also www.fresnostate.edu/finaid):
- A description of the federal, state, institutional, local, and private student financial assistance programs available to students who enroll at Fresno State;
- For each aid program, a description of procedures and forms by which students apply for assistance, student eligibility requirements, criteria for selecting recipients from the group of eligible applicants, and criteria for determining the amount of a student's award;
- A description of the rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial assistance, including federal Title IV student assistance programs, and criteria for continued student eligibility under each program;
- The satisfactory academic progress standards that students must maintain for the purpose of receiving financial assistance and criteria by which a student who has failed to maintain satisfactory progress may reestablish eligibility for financial assistance;
- The method by which financial assistance disbursements will be made to students and the frequency of those disbursements;
- The way the school provides for Pell-eligible students to obtain or purchase required books and supplies by the seventh day of a payment period and how the student may opt out;
- The terms of any loan received as part of the student's financial aid package, a sample loan repayment schedule, and the necessity for repaying loans;
- The general conditions and terms applicable to any employment provided as part of the student's financial aid package;
- The terms and conditions of the loans students receive under the Direct Loan and Perkins Loan Programs;
- The exit counseling information the school provides and collects for student borrowers; and
- Contact information for ombuds offices available for disputes concerning federal, institutional and private loans.
Information concerning the cost of attending California State University, Fresno is available from the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, Joyal Administration
Building (North Lobby), 559.278.2182. The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office provides
information on tuition and fees; estimated costs of books and supplies; estimated
costs of typical student room, board, and transportation; and (if requested) additional
costs for specific programs. See also fees.
Information concerning refund policies of California State University, Fresno may be obtained from the Office of Accounting Services, Joyal Administration Building, Room 181, 559.278.2876. The listing of complete policy and procedures is available online at http://www.fresnostate.edu/accountingservices/.
Information concerning policies regarding the return of federal Title IV student assistance funds as required by regulation is available from the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, Joyal Administration Building (North Lobby), 559.278.2182.
Information concerning the undergraduate academic programs of California State University, Fresno may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Henry Madden Library, Harold H. Haak Administrative Center, Fourth Floor, 559.278.4468.
Information concerning the graduate degree programs of California State University, Fresno may be obtained from the Division of Research and Graduate Studies, Frank W. Thomas Building, Room 130. You may call 559.278.2448. Additional information is available at http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/gradstudies.
Information regarding special facilities and services available to students with disabilities may be obtained from the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, Henry Madden Library, 559.278.2811.
Information concerning California State University, Fresno policies, procedures, and facilities for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus may be obtained from the Police Department, Public Safety Building, 559.278.8400.
Information concerning California State University, Fresno annual campus security report and annual fire safety report may be obtained from the Police Department, Public Safety Building, 559.278.8400 or see information on the Clery Act on the University Police Department website at www.fresnostate.edu/police/clery.
Information concerning the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation programs may be obtained from Health and Psychological Services in the Student Health Center, 559.278.6738.
Information regarding student retention and graduation rates at California State University, Fresno and the number and percentage of students completing the program in which the student is enrolled or has expressed interest may be obtained from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Henry Madden Library, Harold H. Haak Administrative Center, Fourth Floor, 559.278.3906. Additional information is available at www.fresnostate.edu/irap.
Information concerning athletic opportunities available to male and female students and the financial resources and personnel that Fresno State dedicates to its men's and women's teams may be obtained from the Athletics Department, 559.278.2643.
Information concerning teacher preparation programs may be obtained from the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, Student Services, Education Building, Room 100, (559) 278.0300.
Information concerning grievance procedures for students who feel aggrieved in their relationships with the university (its policies, practices, and procedures or its faculty and staff) is available from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Joyal Building, Room 262, 559.278.2541.
Information concerning student activities that California State University, Fresno provides, must be easily accessible on www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/studentinvolvement/.
Information concerning student body diversity at California State University, Fresno, including the percentage of enrolled, full-time
students who are (1) male, (2) female, (3) Pell Grant recipients, and (4) self-identified
members of a specific racial or ethnic group, must be obtained from the Office of
Institutional Effectiveness, 559.278.3906.
The federal Military Selective Service Act (the "Act") requires most males residing in the United States to present themselves for registration with the Selective Service System within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Most males between the ages of 18 and 25 must be registered. Males born after December 31, 1959, may be required to submit a statement of compliance with the Act and regulations in order to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under specified provisions of existing federal law. In California, students subject to the Act who fail to register are also ineligible to receive any need-based student grants funded by the state or a public postsecondary institution.
Selective Service registration forms are available at any U.S. Post Office, and many high schools have a staff member or teacher appointed as a Selective Service Registrar. Applicants for financial aid can also request that information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be used to register them with the Selective Service. Information on the Selective Service System is available and the registration process may be initiated online at http://www.sss.gov.
Cancellation of registration or withdrawal from the institution. Students who find it necessary to cancel their registration or to withdraw from all classes after enrolling for any academic term are required to follow the University's official withdrawal procedures. Failure to follow formal University procedures may result in an obligation to pay fees as well as the assignment of failing grades in all courses and the need to apply for readmission before being permitted to enroll in another academic term. Information on canceling registration and withdrawal procedures is available from the Admissions and Records Office, 559.278.2261.
Prior to withdrawing from the university, students who receive financial aid funds must consult with Financial Aid and Scholarships Office regarding any required return or repayment of grant or loan assistance received for that academic term or payment period. Students who have received financial aid and withdraw from the institution during the academic term or payment period may need to return or repay some or all of the funds received, which may result in a debt owed to the institution.