The Cost of Early Start Courses

Course Fees

Early Start courses cost $182 per unit. You will pay this fee when you register for your course(s) on the My.fresnostate.edu portal.

  • Early Start English 1 (1-unit): $182
  • Early Start Math 1 (1-unit): $182
  • Early start Math 3 (3-units): $546

Student Fees

Early Start includes a $1 fee for access to the Student Health Center, and a $1 for use of the University Student Union during the program.  You will need to pay these fees when you register for your course(s) on the My.fresnostate.edu portal. These are one-time fee per student.

Textbooks

Your instructor may require you to purchase a textbook, booklet, or workbook for your course(s). The instructor will give you information on the exact items and costs when the class begins. 

The following are estimated costs of some of the textbooks used by Early Start instructors. These are rough estimates and are subject to change.

  • Early Start English 1 - Bring paper and a pen or pencil for writing assignments. You will also need to print reading materials and documents that will be made available online. It will cost approximately $20 for supplies, copying, and printing.
  • Early Start Math 1 - A booklet will be available at the Kennel Bookstore for about $15.  Bring supplies needed to complete math problems in class.
  • Early Start Math 1 (online) - You will need to purchase an online booklet for approximately $5.
  • Early Start Math 3 - Purchase the textbook used for the University's Math 4R class for approximately $95.97+tax (e-book) or $149.27+tax (e-book plus loose-leaf book). Your instructor will provide you with more details on the first day of class.

DO NOT purchase any textbooks until you receive a syllabus and/or specific instructions from your instructor.

Parking

If you plan to park on campus during the Early Start program, you will need to buy a parking permit. See the Parking page for more details.

Financial Aid

If you have submitted a FAFSA and meet a specific estimated family contribution (EFT), you will be eligible for a waiver of course and student fees for the Early Start Program. The waiver does not cover textbooks, parking expenses, or course supplies (e.g. paper, pens, printing).

To check your fee waiver eligibility:

  1. Login to your My.fresnostate.edu portal
  2. Go to your "Student Center"
  3. Click on "My Admissions and Program Applications"
  4. Click on "Remediation/Early Start"
  5. In the third box you will see your fee waiver eligibility, "Financial Aid Information".

Early Start Refund (Dropping Courses)

BEFORE or ON the first day of class - If you drop your Early Start course for any reason (e.g. if you choose to attend another CSU campus for Early Start or choose not to attend Fresno State in the fall), you will receive a refund of your Early Start tuition-fees if you drop before or on the first day of class. To receive a refund, please drop your course(s), fill out the Refund Petition form, and submit it to Continuing and Global Education, Kremen School of Education, Room 130, within 14 days.

  Last Day to Drop Course & Request a Refund
Session One Monday, June 20
Session Two Tuesday, July 5
Session Three Monday, July 18

AFTER the first day of class - If you drop your Early Start course after the first day of class, you WILL NOT receive a refund unless you have a serious and compelling reason. Examples of what may warrant a refund include: military service, jury duty, serious illness, or childbirth. Please provide explanatory information on the refund form. Click here for the Refund Petition form.

Early Start Refunds (Exemptions)

If you become exempt from Early Start after registering and paying for the course, you may request a refund.  Click here for Refund Petition form.

Go to the Exemptions page for more information about Early Start exemptions.