Provost Graduation Initiative Grant  

The Provost Graduation Initiative 2018 application will be available Spring, 2018.

Applications will be provided to advising centers and informational workshops will be held during the semester.  

Program Description

Tool of the YearThe Provost Graduation Initiative Grant is for Fresno State students who are close to graduating. Qualified students are eligible to receive a grant from the Division of Continuing and Global Education toward eligible Summer coursework.

Student Eligibility

In order to be eligible, a student has to meet the following requirements:

  1. You must be an undergraduate Fresno State student enrolled in coursework in Fall 2016, Spring 2017, or both
  2. You must be in good academic standing with the university
  3. You must have 80 earned or more academic units at the time of application submission
  4. You are responsible for any and all fees not covered by the award amount
  5. You must provide a one page narrative describing your financial need
  6. You must attach a senior degree progress report (DPR)—can be obtained from your advisor
  7. If awarded, you must enroll in a minimum of 1 unit of coursework by May 12th

Additional Information and Instructions

Additional Eligibility

Each applicant must be an undergraduate matriculated student at Fresno State in a recognized state-funded baccalaureate degree program. Students whose educational cost is covered by a 3rd party may not be eligible for funding. Post-baccalaureate students are not eligible.

If the student has received notification from Admissions and Records that their Application for Graduation has been denied due to academic deficiency, we request a copy of the notification (typically this is an email). 

Required Documentation/Financial Aid

Each applicant must attach a 1 page (maximum) personal narrative describing their individual financial need and their estimated contribution to the cost of May-June Intersession and/or Summer Session course fees. 

Each application must also include the senior version of your Degree Progress Report (DPR), which will be provided by an advisor.

Award preference will be given to students with the greatest documented financial need as established by FAFSA/California Dream Act calculations and the personal narrative. Preference will also be given to students with highest academic rank (units earned). A minimum of 80 earned units is required for consideration.


Only undergraduate courses listed in Continuing and Global Education’s Schedule of Courses for May-June Intersession (available here: and Summer Session (available here: are eligible under this program.

State-funded courses, lab fees, graduate (master and doctoral level) courses, courses supporting CalTeach, the Accelerated Bachelors in Business Administration (ABBA), the off-campus Bachelor of Science in Criminology, and travel study programs are not eligible. 

Please list at least two courses in which you would like to enroll. Even if you just want to take one course, in case your option one course gets cancelled.

Dropped Coursework

Students awarded the Provost Graduation Initiative funding are required to complete a Program Change/Refund form if approved coursework is Dropped. (Available at:

Completed Application and Supporting Paperwork

The completed application and supporting paperwork will include: 

  1. Complete application form
  2. Personal narrative
  3. Senior Degree Progress Report
  4. For students whose Application for Graduation has been denied, please attach a copy of the notice (email) from Admissions and Records (if applicable)

Completed applications may be dropped-off in person to the Financial Aid Office, North Lobby Joyal Administration, and left at the student window. Do not wait in line, drop off application at window. Applications can also be mailed to:

Financial Aid Office
5150 North Maple Avenue, M/S JA64
Fresno, CA 93740-8025


Provost Graduation Initiative 2017 application

First application deadline is April 3; second application deadline is May 1


Questions may be directed to Continuing and Global Education at 559.278.0338, or email