The Early Start Program: Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Early Start Program?
The Early Start Program is a tool used across the California State University system to prepare incoming freshmen for college-level English and Math courses. The program was approved by the CSU Board of Trustees and launched at all CSU campuses in 2012.
Will I be required to participate in the Early Start Program?
First-time freshmen attending in the Fall will be required to participate in the Early Start program if their scores on the Elementary Level Mathematics (ELM) and/or English Placement Test (EPT) do not meet the threshold for Early Start exemption. Log into your student portal at My.fresnostate.edu to view your Early Start Smart Page which will tell you whether or not you need to participate. For more information, visit the Who Should Participate page.
Can I be exempted from the Early Start Program?
Yes, students may be exempt from Early Start for a number of reasons. For more information, visit the Exemptions page.
How do I indicate the way I will complete the Early Start Program?
Before enrolling in your first semester, you must notify Fresno State of your plans to fulfill the Early Start requirement. Submit this information through the Early Start Smart Page located in your Student Center at my.fresnostate.edu.
What ways can I complete the Early Start Program?
The Early Start Program is offered at all Cal State campus' and some community colleges. Check the Cal State Website to see if there is a campus near you offering the Early Start Program.
What if I do not complete the Early Start Program?
If you are required to complete the Early Start Program and do not complete it, you will not be permitted to enroll as a Freshman for your first semester.
When is the Early Start Program?
The Early Start Program at Fresno State will be offered beginning in mid-June. Dates may vary at other Cal State campuses. Visit the Course Schedule page for more information on the courses offered at Fresno State.
Can I take Early Start in the fall?
No, Early Start courses must be taken during the summer. You may take Early Start courses at Fresno State or another CSU campus, but you must fulfill the Early Start requirement prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
Is financial aid available for the Early Start Program?
Students who are eligible to submit FAFSA should do so before enrolling in Early Start. If you have submitted a FAFSA and meet a specific estimated family contribution (EFC), you may be eligible for a waiver of registration fees for the Early Start Program. The waiver does not cover books or materials for courses. Students who are not eligible to submit FAFSA, including AB 540 students, should be sure to file the State Financial Aid application prior to enrolling in Early Start. A formula similar to the EFC is used to determine eligibility for the waiver.
Who can register for Early Start classes?
Only students who earned a score less than 50 in the ELM and/or less than 147 in the EPT are required to enroll in Early Start courses. To see if you are need to participate, go to My.fresnostate.edu. It is your responsibility to check your Smart Page and enroll in Early Start courses.
When will the schedule be out?
How soon can I register for classes at Fresno State?
What classes will be offered?
Where will the classes be held?
Are there any Early Start courses available online?
Will an Early Start class count toward my degree?
How much are the fees and when are they due?
If you do not register before the June 5 deadline, late registration will begin on June 8 and up until the first day of each course. After June 8, you will need to pay your Early Start fees within 24 hours of registration.
Will I need to buy any textbooks for Early Start?
Will I need a Fresno State student ID number and card?
I need my ID Card for Early Start, but haven’t received it yet. What do I do?
I’m attending another CSU campus in the fall. Can I get a Fresno State ID Card for Early Start?
If you are attending Early Start at Fresno State but are attending another CSU campus in the fall, you will not be able to obtain a Fresno State ID card. However, you may request a Continuing and Global Education (CGE) ID Card for $5. This card will grant you access to the library and pay-for-print services. To obtain a CGE ID Card:
- Register for your Early Start course(s).
- Go to the Cashiers Windows in the Joyal Building, South Wing, and pay a $5.00 card activation fee.
- Take the receipt to the Bulldog Card Office in the Joyal Building, South Wing, Room 156 to obtain a CGE ID Card.
The CGE ID card fee is non-refundable. There is a $10 replacement fee for all lost cards. The card ONLY BE VALID until the end of the Early Start term.
What student services will be in operation during Early Start?
Do I need a parking permit?
I need help finding a building on Fresno State's campus.
How do I get special learning/facility accommodations for a disability?
Contact Services for Students with Disabilities as soon as possible to ensure that your disability can be accommodated.
Website at http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/ssd/.