Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Phone Appointments with Counselors: In order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are implementing phone appointments to better serve you! To get in touch with us, please call us at (559) 278-2182.
For Submitting Documents: Most of the 2020-2021 documents will be submitted through our new Student Forms portal, however, if you need to still to submit documents to our office, the fastest way to submit documents is to fax them to us. You can fax them to 559.278.4833 or you can email your documents as attachments to our fax machine at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also mail your documents, but please note that this will take longer to process.
Did you know that the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office awarded over $250 million to 80% of our students in 2018-2019?
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office here at Fresno State is happy to help you navigate the financial aspects of your college career! Help us help you by checking your Fresno State e-mail and student portal regularly - it's primarily how we will get in touch with you regarding your financial aid. To stay in the know on the latest financial aid topics, like and follow our Facebook page below!
How to get in touch with us: COVID-19
With the safety of everyone in mind, we have moved to a virtual setting and are serving you like never before!
- Call us at 559.278.2182 for answers to your questions! If we aren't able to help you on the spot, we can make a phone appointment at a time that is convenient for you to speak with a counselor!
- Chat with us from our webpage! You'll see a little box appear at the bottom of your screen where we will be available to chat or take a message.
- Send us an email at email@example.com but remember, we cannot accept documents to this email.
How can you submit documents?
- Email attachments to our fax by sending your email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax documents to 559.278.4833
- Submit appropriate documents electronically through our Student Forms portal. You will be directed to this portal through To Do items on your Student Center.
- Mail documents to our office (not advised, as this is the slowest way to get documents to us!)
Fresno State CARES Emergency Grant Programs
The CSU Cares Program offers emergency grants for CSU students experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds have been made available through the the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and funds allocated through the CSU.
Financial Aid for Summer 2020
The Summer Interest Form for 2020 is available on our website!
Complete and submit the Summer Interest Form by June 30, 2020 to have your financial aid eligibility reviewed! Please keep in mind that you will need to be enrolled before we can review your eligibility.
Please make sure you are aware of your summer fee payment deadlines. In most cases, any summer financial aid will be a reimbursement to yourself as financial aid for summer will not begin disbursing until June.
2020-2021 To Do Items have posted!
2020-2021 To Do items have posted to student accounts!
Things to keep in mind:
- We are using a new Student Forms portal to complete, sign and submit most of the requested documents! For more information and helpful tutorials, click here.
- Having pending To Do items will delay your financial aid from being awarded and/or disbursed.
- The status of your To Do item will let you know if action is needed -- If the status is "initiated" this means there is action needed from you. If the status is "received" this means we have received and are reviewing your information. Please note that a status can change back to initiated from received if additional information is needed.
- Not everyone will have To Do items requesting documents be submitted
2020-2021 Financial Aid Applications are available now!
- The 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- The 2020-2021 California Dream Act Application
- The Fresno State General Scholarship Application
Applications open up for the 2020-2021 academic year (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021) on October 1, 2019!
Fresno State School Code: 001147
To be considered for certain awards (especially State Aid) your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application will need to be completed BEFORE March 2, 2020.Click here to see State Aid opportunities and eligibility criteria.
The Fresno State General Scholarship Application opens on October 1, 2019 and also has a priority date of March 2, 2020. It houses over 750 scholarship opportunities in ONE application and has opportunities for both 2019-2020 and 2020-2021!
Even though the March 2nd deadline has passed, it is not too late to apply!
Fresno State General Scholarship: Lots of opportunities for both 2019-2020 and 2020-2021
- The Fresno State Scholarship Application offers hundreds of scholarships through one site.
- The application opens on October 1, 2019
- Complete the application as soon as possible for scholarship opportunities for both 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. The priority deadline is Mach 2, 2020.
Even though the March 2nd deadline has passed, it is not too late to apply!
Did you already complete the application for 2019-2020? If so, you will need to do it again to be considered going forward.
What do you need to complete your financial aid application?
What you'll need:
- Your FSA ID (Not sure? Go to FSAID.ed.gov to get it)
- Your social security number
- 2018 Federal tax information, W-2s, and other records of money earned
- 2018 untaxed income information
- Current bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
If you are a dependent student (meaning your parents' information must be reported as well) you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).
It is not too late to complete your 2019-2020 FAFSA!
- The 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- The 2019-2020 California Dream Act Application
- The Fresno State Scholarship Application
Even though the priority deadline has passed, we still encourage you to complete the appropriate application to be considered for financial aid for Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 semesters!
I did my financial aid application, now what?
Awesome, nice work!
For 2019-2020: It can take a couple of days for us to receive your financial aid application, but you will want to keep an eye on your account in case any To Do items are needed! You'll want to submit them ASAP so that we can continue processing!
For 2020-2021: It can take a couple of days for us to receive your financial aid application, but you will want to keep an eye on your account in case any To Do items are needed! You'll want to submit them ASAP so that we can continue processing!
NEW for 2020-2021: We have a new Student Forms portal where you can complete, sign and upload most documents electronically.You'll be directed to create an account from your To Do item in your my.FresnoState Student Center. For more information and helpful tutorials, click here.
Understanding my financial aid awards
Financial Aid awards can be made up of any combination of Grants, Scholarships, Loans, and/or Work Study to see the breakdown.
Normally awards are broken down between the fall and spring semester, but there are instances when they can be for a single semester only. Summer is awarded separately. Log in to your Student Center and click "View Financial Aid" to see how your awards are broken down.
How do I get my financial aid?
Your financial aid is disbursed no earlier than 10 days prior to the start of classes. Depending on the awards, it will first pay what you owe the university for the semester, and if there is a remaining balance, a refund will be issued to you. Make sure to get your Bank Mobile Refund Selection set up from your my.FresnoState account if you're expecting a refund!
Disbursements are happening twice a week on Wednesday and Friday during the first half of the semester and then will happen at the end of each week for the last half of the semester.
For more information on refunds, contact Student Accounts or call 559-278-2876.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP); What is it and why should I care?
If you aren't doing well in school, or you've taken more credits than are needed to graduate, you could lose financial aid eligibility. Click to see what you need to do to remain eligible!
Should you find that you are not meeting the SAP criteria, you will be given a "warning" for the upcoming semester. This will give you the opportunity to get back in good standing with the SAP Policy. If you don't meet the SAP requirements after this warning semester, you'll be ineligible for federal aid. An appeal process is available should this occur! Please contact our office for more information or see our SAP policy!
Fresno State Quick Contacts
Accounting and Cashier's Services
Contact Accounting and Cashier's Services at (559)278-2876
Registration and Records
Contact the Office of the Registrar at (559)278-4743
Contact Admissions at (559)278-2261
Contact Academic Advising at (559)278-1787.
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