• Financial Aid

    The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is committed to serving you!


    We're open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm


    Come see us in the North Lobby of the Joyal Administration building or give us a call at 1-559-278-2182!

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    Check out our tutorial page for quick and easy "how to" guides for managing your financial aid!





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    Stay current on Financial Aid and Scholarship needs by regularly checking your student portal and email!




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!

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It is not too late to complete your 2019-2020 FAFSA!

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 for 2019-2020, now what?

Awesome, nice work! 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!

Fee Payment Deadlines and Fee Deferments for Fall 2019

The first fee payment deadline for Fall 2019 was July 31, 2019. 

The final fee payment deadline for Fall 2019 is September 11, 2019. What this means is that your fees must be paid or you must have a fee deferment on this day to avoid being dropped from your courses.

If you do not meet the criteria but would like to be considered for a fee deferment, you may request a fee deferment starting September 9th. Please know that this does not guarantee that you will get a fee deferment.

To pay your fees, you'll work with Student Accounts. You can on your Student Center, pay your fees or call Student Accounts at 559-278-2876

Fall 2019 Financial Aid is finalized on September 18th, 2019

Your financial aid for the Fall 2019 semester will be finalized based on your enrollment as of September 18, 2019. 

Up until this date, your financial aid may adjust based on enrollment if you are adding/dropping classes. To avoid this, please finalized your class schedule as soon as possible!

For more information on how your financial aid may be adjusted or prorated based on enrollment

Fall 2019 Bulldog Retention Grant - What is it and how to be considered

Fall 2019 Bulldog Retention Grant

As part of the Fresno State Graduation initiative, limited funding is available to assist students who have a financial aid shortfall and are subject to being dropped from classes. Maximum awards will be $1500 per student. Priority funding will be provided to students in their last term/semester at the university.

Eligibility Criteria:

1) Have a balance on your student account at the time this award is granted or after all financial aid, scholarships and waivers have been applied for Fall 2019

2) Undergraduate and CA Resident for tuition purposes

3) Must be enrolled in at least 6 units for the Fall 2019 semester

4) Must be an undergraduate degree seeking student

5) Be in a good academic standing and meet SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress)

6) Have 30 units or less to graduate, including enrolled units for Fall 2019

Note: students who have applied for Fall 2019 graduation will be given priority

7) Have not received a Bulldog Retention Grant in the past

Additional Information:

  • No application is required.  Candidates will be identified based on the eligibility criteria.
  • Award amounts based on the availability of funds with an award being no larger than the balance remaining on your student account and a maximum award of $1500.
  • Fall 2019 recipients will be notified by September 4th through their Fresno State email.
  • Awards will be applied to student account by the final fee deadline, September 11th. 

For questions pertaining to the Bulldog Retention Grant, contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships office, North Lobby of Joyal Administration Building or at 559-278-2182.

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

Academic Advising

Contact Academic Advising at (559)278-1787.