Early Start Costs, Fee Waiver & Refunds

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Program Fees

Program costs for Early Start are divided into two categories: tuition and student fees. Both fees are covered by the Early Start program fee wavier for eligible students. 


Tuition Fees

Early Start tuition fees are $182 per unit at every California State University Campus. Fresno State's Early Start classes are priced accordingly:

Early Start English 1 ($182): The on-campus and online versions of ESE 1 include 15 hours of class time and cost $182.

Early Start Math 2 ($364): The on-campus ESM 2 class includes 30 hours of instruction and costs $364.


Student Fees

Early Start students pay two student fees for access to campus services. These fees are paid only once, regardless of how many Early Start classes the student takes at Fresno State. Every California State University campus charges the same student fees. 

Student Health Center Access Fee ($1): Grants Early Start Students access to the Student Health Center.

University Student Union Access Fee ($1): Grants Early Start students access to the University Student Union and Student Recreation Center. 

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Program Fee Waiver (Financial Aid)

Students who have submitted a FAFSA and have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,000 or less will be eligible for a waiver of Early Start program fees. The waiver does not cover other expenses, such as course materials, parking, paper, pens, printing, etc.

Fresno State students may check their fee waiver eligibility by following these steps:

  1. Login to MyFresnoState.
  2. Click on "Student Center."
  3. Click on "My Admissions and Program Applications."
  4. Click on "Early Start."
  5. Fee waiver eligibility information is in the third box, "Financial Aid Information."

Non-Fresno State students should refer to their student account at their home CSU campus to check fee waiver eligibility. They will not be able to check eligibility on their MyFresnoState account.

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Program Fee Refunds

Refunds for program fees are available to students who submit payment for their Early Start program fees, but later drop classes, become exempt, or receive fee waivers


Program Fee Refund for Dropping Classes

Students are eligible for refunds if they choose to drop an Early Start class on or before the first day of instruction. To obtain a refund, students must drop their Early Start  class in MyFresnoState on or before the first day of instruction and then submit an Early Start Program Change/Refund Form to obtain a refund. 

After the first day of instruction, students may only drop classes if a documented, serious, and compelling reason is provided. Serious and compelling reasons include military service, jury duty, serious illness, childbirth, etc. To request a refund for a serious and compelling reason, students must complete an Early Start Schedule Change/Refund Form and attach supporting documentation, such as a doctor's note. The Executive Director of Continuing and Global Education will consider all refund requests for serious and compelling reason and may request additional explanation or documentation from the student. 

WARNING: Students who drop out of the Early Start program without an exemption must either fulfill the Early Start requirement in another manner or attempt to petition for exemption. Failure to fulfill the Early Start requirement is grounds for revocation of admission to Fresno State.


Program Fee Refund Due to Exemption

Some students will become exempt from Early Start after registering for an Early Start class. This can happen when new or revised test scores or class grades are received by Fresno State. The Exemptions page includes detailed information on possible exemptions.

Students who become exempt after registering for an Early Start class will be automatically dropped from the class and, if they submitted payment for Early Start, receive an automatic refund. Exempt students do not need to submit a refund form. Their refund will be issued to the mailing address they have on file in MyFresnoState.


Program Fee Refund Due to Change in Fee Waiver Status

On rare occasions, a student will register and pay for Early Start, but not qualify for an Early Start fee waiver until a later date. This can happen when a student's FAFSA or other financial aid documentation is incomplete at the time of Early Start registration.

A student's Early Start Page on MyFresnoState displays the most up-to-date information concerning their fee waiver status. If a student believes that they should qualify for a fee waiver, but do not, then they should take the following steps:

  1. Review their MyFresnoState Student Center and confirm that there are no Financial Aid-related activities on the "To Do" list. Non-Fresno State students should review their student account at their home CSU campus.
  2. Contact the Financial Aid office at Fresno State and verify that all necessary documentation has been received. Non-Fresno State students should contact the financial aid office at their home CSU campus.

NOTE: Changes to student information for non-Fresno State students will take 1-2 business days to update at Fresno State. 

If a student becomes eligible for a fee waiver after registering for Early Start, they should submit an Early Start Schedule Change/Refund Form and mark "W" for "received fee waiver and requesting refund." An Early Start specialist will contact the student and walk them through the refund process.

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Other Expenses (not covered by fee waiver)

Students may pay additional expenses for course materials or campus services.

NOTE: These other expenses are not covered by the Early Start program fee waiver or the refund policies outlined above.


Course Materials and Supplies

Students will receive a syllabus from their instructors with detailed information on required course materials. The guidelines below should help students prepare for Early Start. These estimates are subject to change.

Early Start English 1: Students will need to print reading materials and documents that will be made available online. Estimated cost for this course is $20 for supplies, copying, and printing.

Early Start Math 2: Students will need to purchase Early Start Mathematics, 3rd Edition by S. Delcroix. This booklet is available for purchase in the Kennel Boosktore on campus for $15.



Early Start students may purchase Early Start parking passes for $20. See the Parking page for more information. 

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