Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Bernard Ogden, Director
Joyal Administration, Room 296
559.278.2182
www.fresnostate.edu/finaid

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 scholarships. About 95 percent of these programs are administered by the Financial Aid Office.

The majority are funded by the federal and state governments and are need-based. Eligibility for financial aid from need-based programs is determined through a formula mandated by Congress. Several programs administered by the Financial Aid Office are not need-based.

Need-Based Financial Aid Programs

For the following need-based aid programs, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA through the Internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Paper applications are also available at high schools and college financial aid offices in late December and should be completed after January 1st for the next academic year.

The official priority filing date is March 2 for the next academic year.

* Federal Pell Grant
Federal Perkins Loan
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 assistance in completing the FAFSA, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Details about these programs are listed under Program Specifications.
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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 Reseve 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 Studies.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 of Military 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 Graduate Studies at http://www.fresnostate.edu/gradstudies.

Division of Graduate Studies Student Research Awards and Travel Grants. For additional information, see the Division of Graduate Studies at www.fresnostate.edu/gradstudies.

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 Student Loan Collection Services, Joyal Administration Building, Room 156.

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).
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Program Specifications

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 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.

To maintain satisfactory progress, students must successfully complete a minimum percentage of the total units they have taken. (See www.fresnostate.edu/finaid then go to Online Forms, SAP forms.)

All recipients of financial aid must notify the Financial Aid 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, Fresno.

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 www.fresnostate.edu/finaid or in the Financial Aid Office, Joyal Administration Building, Room 296.

Federal Perkins Loan. Authorized by the Higher Education Act, this program provides a limited amount of low-interest loans to students who demonstrate an exceptional financial need. Currently students may borrow $27,500 during the course of their undergraduate degree. Graduate students may borrow up to $60,000 (including any amount borrowed as an undergraduate). New borrowers begin repayment nine months after they graduate, leave school, or cease attending at least half-time. (Students who received funding under the National Direct Student Loan Program have a six-month grace period.) A repayment period of up to 10 years has been established by the federal government. The Higher Education Act also authorized certain conditions under which part or all of the loan may be canceled. Details are available in Student Loan Collections Services, Joyal Administration Building, Room 156.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). FSEOG is a grant program and, thus, does not require repayment. Awards are restricted to those undergraduates who demonstrate the greatest need and who are also Federal Pell Grant recipients. Funding for the program is limited to the allocation received from the federal government.

Federal Work-Study (FWS). FWS is a federally funded employment program. Awards are based on financial need. Both undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students are eligible to participate. Students receiving FWS awards are placed in jobs on-campus and with selected off-campus agencies, including community service programs such as America READS.

Nursing Student Loans. Under this program, a student who can show that a loan is needed to enter or continue in the nursing program may borrow up to $2,500 an academic year for the first two years; $4,000 for the final two academic years, up to a $13,000 maximum. No interest is charged while the borrower pursues at least a half- time course of study, or for a period of nine months after leaving school. Interest then starts at 5 percent simple interest and the loan is repaid at not less than $15 per month. Interest and payments are deferred for a period of time while the borrower is a member of the uniformed service or is a volunteer under the Peace Corps Act.

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Grants. If you are an eligible American Indian, Eskimo or Aleut student, or a certified member of a tribal group that is served by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, you may apply for a BIA grant. The amount is based on financial need and availability of funds from your area agency. You must first submit an application for financial aid (FAFSA) and supportive documents. Obtain the BIA application from your area agency, then see the BIA adviser in the Financial Aid Office to complete the BIA Need Analysis section of the application. Be sure to check with your Tribal Agency Office for BIA deadlines. Deadlines vary from one agency to another. BIA applications are normally available January through June of each year.

California Graduate Equity Fellowship Program. For additional information, see the Division of Graduate Studies at www.fresnostate.edu/gradstudies.

California State Educational Opportunity Grant Program (State EOP). Educational Opportunity Program Grants are provided by the state of California for students admitted to one of the campuses of The California State University under the Educational Opportunity Program. Eligibility for this grant is determined by criteria similar to that which governs federal financial aid programs. Admission to the university through the EOP does not automatically mean that the student is awarded a State EOP Grant. Grants provide aid to undergraduate students who, for lack of such assistance, would be unable to enter or remain in an institution of higher education. Funds are limited and range from $250 to $1,000 for the academic year.

California State University Grant. This is a need-based program for California residents, providing financial support to students. Eligibility for this grant is determined by criteria similar but not limited to that which governs federal financial aid programs.

Federal Pell Grant. The Federal Pell Grant Program is a program of student financial aid authorized by Title IV, Part A, of the Education Amendments of 1972. This program provides grants for some credential programs and for all eligible undergraduate students to assist them in meeting educational costs. Program regulations change from year to year.

Cal Grants A, B, and AB540 Entitlement Competitive Awards. The California Student Aid Commission offers Cal Grants A, B, and AB540 to undergraduate students on the basis of demonstrated need and specific program requirements. To apply, complete the FAFSA, Cal ISIR, and GPA Verification Form. The deadline for new applicants is March 2 for the next academic year. Renewal applicants may continue to apply after March 2. Recipients who complete a baccalaureate degree and who are accepted and enrolled in a teaching credential program at an institution approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing will be eligible to apply for renewal of their Cal Grant award for an additional year of grant eligibility, provided financial need continues to exist. All students who are planning to enroll in an approved credential program and wish to continue receiving Cal Grant benefits will be required to submit a supplemental request. Forms are available in the Financial Aid Office.

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.

Federal Direct Subsidized Student Loan. The Federal Direct Subsidized Loan Program enables students with financial need to secure loans for the payment of educational expenses. Available to undergraduates and graduates, the Federal Direct Loan is a federally subsidized program where students borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education. Undergraduates who qualify may borrow up to $3,500 per year as freshman, $4,500 for second-year students, $5,500 per year as juniors, seniors, or credential students, up to $23,000 maximum. Graduate students who qualify may borrow up to $8,500 per year to a $65,000 maximum (includes indebtedness as an undergraduate). Simple interest at 4.05% is charged when students begin repayment. Repayment begins six months after students graduate, leave school, or cease attending at least half- time. The federal government pays the interest until the student borrower enters the loan repayment period.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program. This program provides up to $4,000 a year in grant assistance to students who plan on becoming teachers and who meet certain specified requirements. If a student who receives a TEACH Grant does not complete the required teaching, the grant must be repaid as a Direct Unsubsidized Loan under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programs.

Non-Need-Based Financial Aid Programs. The following non-need-based programs are administered by our Financial Aid Office.

Federal Direct Parent Plus Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). The PLUS Program was initiated to provide assistance to parents who do not demonstrate financial need as determined by the government formula. Parents may borrow up to the cost of attendance minus other aid for each dependent child enrolled at least half-time. Applications and information are available at the Financial Aid Office and at the website at www.fresnostate.edu/finaid.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan. This program is open to students who may not meet need-based requirements of the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan or who may qualify for only a partial Federal Direct Subsidized Loan. Terms and conditions are similar to the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, except the simple interest rate is 6.8% and the borrower is responsible for interest which accrues during the in school period.

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 Graduate Studies,559.278.2448 or visit www.calstate.edu/HR/FLP.

California Pre-Doctoral Program for Undergraduate and Graduate Students. For additional information, see the Division of Graduate Studies at www.fresnostate.edu/gradstudies.
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University Scholarships and Student Affairs Development

Greg Varela, Program Coordinator
Student Affairs
Joyal Administration, Room 274
559.278.6572
www.fresnostate.edu/scholarships

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.

Factors for Consideration 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 2014/2015 scholarship application for Fresno State will be available online starting October 1, 2013. The "priority" application deadline is February 28, 2014. 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.
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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.

Fee Waivers. The California Education Code includes provisions for the waiver of mandatory systemwide fees as follows:

  • Section 66025.3 - Qualifying children, spouses/registered domestic partners, or unmarried surviving spouses/registered domestic partners of a war period veteran of the U.S. military who is totally service-connected disabled or who died as a result of service-related causes; children of any veteran of the U.S. military who has a service-connected disability, was killed in action, or died of a service-connected disability and meets specified income provisions; any dependents or surviving spouse/registered domestic partner who has not remarried of a member of the California National Guard who in the line of duty and in active service of the state was killed or became permanently disabled or died of a disability as a result of an event while in active service of the state; and undergraduate students who are the recipient of or the child of a recipient of a Congressional Medal of Honor and meet certain age and income restrictions;
  • Section 68120 - Qualifying children and surviving spouses/registered domestic partners of deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employees who were California residents and who were killed in the course of active law enforcement or fire suppression duties (referred to as Alan Pattee Scholarships); and
  • 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 these benefits should contact the Admissions/Registrar's Office for further information and/or an eligibility determination.
  • Section 68122 - Students who are victims of trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes who have been granted T or U visa status are exempt from paying nonresident tuition if they (1) attended high school in California for three or more years, (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.
  • Section 68130.5 - Students who are not residents of California are exempt from paying nonresident tuition if they (1) attended high school in California for three or more years, (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 nonimmigrant aliens within the meaning of 8 U.S.C. 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.

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/
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Institutional Information

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, Room 296, 559.278.2182 (see also www.fresnostate.edu/finaid):

  1. A description of the federal, state, institutional, local, and private student financial assistance programs available to students who enroll at Fresno State;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. 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;
  5. The method by which financial assistance disbursements will be made to students and the frequency of those disbursements;
  6. 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;
  7. 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;
  8. The general conditions and terms applicable to any employment provided as part of the student's financial aid package;
  9. The terms and conditions of the loans students receive under the Direct Loan and Perkins Loan Programs;
  10. The exit counseling information the school provides and collects for student borrowers; and
  11. 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 Office, Joyal Administration Building, Room 296, 559.278.2182. The Financial Aid 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 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 Graduate Studies, Henry Madden Library, Harold H. Haak Administrative Center. You may call 559.278.2448. Additional information is available at http://www.fresnostate.edu/gradstudies.

Information regarding 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 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 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.

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 thirty days of their eighteenth 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 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.

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