Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application filing period?

The 2017/2018 scholarship application for Fresno State will be available online starting October 1, 2016 and ends on March 2, 2017.  This application period is for current year scholarship opportunities that may become available during the 2016/2017 academic year as well as for future scholarship opportunities for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Please note there are different deadline dates for the various scholarship opportunities offered at Fresno State. Since these deadline dates can change without notice, please do not procrastinate on finishing the application process.

How do I apply for scholarships?

You need to access and complete our online scholarship application. We do not distribute paper applications and will only accept the online scholarship application for consideration of all institutional scholarship awards. By submitting this application you will have an opportunity to be considered for all possible institutional scholarships.

How do I obtain a Fresno State ID Number?

You must first apply for admission to California State University, Fresno through the Cal State Apply admission web site. Within a few business days of submitting your application for admission, you will receive an official acknowledgement (from the Fresno State Admission Office) that your application was received. Listed within that documentation is your Student ID Number that is assigned to you.

When will recipients be notified?

The awarding of scholarships start at the end of April and usually concludes by the end of June. After the scholarship application deadline has closed, you will need to monitor your Fresno State email to see if you have been awarded a scholarship. If you are awarded a scholarship, a congratulatory email will be sent to you stating the name and amount of the scholarship. The notification process does not include a notification to all applicants, but only to the selected recipients of a scholarship.

Please Remember
Be sure to send a thank you letter to the donor. Our scholarship funds are provided by private donors who take an interest in supporting our students. Without the support of these donors, many students would not be able to reach their educational goals. Your award notification will list a mailing address on where to send your thank you letter. 

Who is eligible to apply for scholarships?

Scholarships are available to all students who are incoming freshman, continuing or transfer (including out-of-state and AB540/Dreamer students), undergraduate or graduate students who plan to attend Fresno State.

Scholarship eligibility is administered by the university and qualifications vary according to stipulations of individual donors who provided funding for the program. Factors for consideration typically include scholastic achievement, academic major, involvement in school organizations, participation in community activities, and full-time enrollment. Depending on specific donor criteria these factors can vary, so regardless of your accomplishment, interests, or background, we encourage you to apply online for scholarships.

International Students

International students who are currently enrolled at Fresno State can apply for institutional scholarships using our online application. Incoming international students who are not currently enrolled, or have not been admitted, are not eligible to apply for institutional scholarships.

Will a scholarship award affect my Financial Aid?

When you accept your financial aid award, you agreed to report to the Financial Aid Office any additional resources awarded or received including, but not limited to, scholarships, stipends, educational grants from Fresno State or outside sources. If the Financial Aid Office determines you have been over-awarded beyond your federal need for assistance, your financial aid award may be reduced.

Do I have to submit additional documentation?

You may be asked to upload letters of recommendation or other documents that are required for a specific scholarship opportunity. These documents must be uploaded to your online application prior to the scholarship deadline. All documents that are submitted become the property of Fresno State and will not be returned.

How do I request verification of enrollment for an outside scholarship?

If you receive an outside scholarship, and your donor requires "official" proof of enrollment from our campus, you must contact the Admission and Records Office at (559) 278-4743 to request verification of enrollment. They are located in the Joyal Administration Building, north lobby public contact windows. For additional information, please view their Enrollment/Degree Verification Instructions.

Where does an organization send my scholarship check?

Scholarship checks can be mailed to:

California State University, Fresno
Cashiering Services
5150 N. Maple Ave., JA58
Fresno, Ca 93740-0826

Checks must be made payable to Fresno State or California State University, Fresno. Please ask the organization to include your name and Fresno State Student ID number on the check or cover letter.

How do I know if Fresno State received my scholarship check?

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will notify students via email when a scholarship check is received. It can take 2-4 weeks to process and disburse the funds after Fresno State receives a check. These scholarship funds automatically pay out as the university disburses funds (typically once a week) to students.  If your registration fees and other financial obligations are paid, you will automatically be issued these funds through your BankMobile Vibe account. 

How do I qualify for a fee deferment?

Only students with adequate scholarship funds to cover the full cost of registration/enrollment fees will be eligible to request a fee deferment. The below criteria defines the qualifications for requesting a fee deferment.

  • Students who are awarded an institutional scholarship sufficient to cover the full cost of fees can request a deferment.
  • Students who have private scholarship funds sufficient to cover the full cost of fees can request a deferment upon completion of the below items.
    • Documented proof of scholarship.
    • Signed written agreement to pay all fees before the declared deadline. (Deferments expire the week before semester instruction begins)
    • Verification that no prior semester fees are owed to the University.

The student’s responsibility and obligation to pay fees is not reduced by an approval of a fee deferment. Students are still responsible for the payment of all fees by the due date. Scholarship funds received must first be applied towards tuition/registration fees before any other educational expense. Failure to pay fees by due date will result in disenrollment from all classes.


Fee Deferment: This allows students a temporary deferment of payment of fees, after the University payment deadline, without being subject to cancellation of registration.

Institutional Scholarship: Funds awarded and administered by the Scholarship Office at Fresno State.

Private Scholarship: Funds awarded by a private organization or an agency/department not associated with the University.

How do I write a thank you letter?

Scholarship donors are generous people who unselfishly give to support the educational endeavors of students like you. They typically ask for nothing in return, but receiving a well written thank you letter from a student is always special and lets the donor know that his or her scholarship was greatly appreciated. Your letter reminds them why they gave in the first place and often help secure continuing gifts for future students.

Writing A Well Written Letter

Make sure the letter is free of both grammatical and spelling errors. You are an important part of the Fresno State Family, and the literacy demonstrated in your letter is a reflection on all of us.

Thank You Letter Tips:

  1. Write clearly and concisely
  2. Double-check for typos and grammatical errors
  3. Express enthusiasm
  4. Be sincere
  5. Send it typewritten in business format
  6. Use quality paper

You were awarded a scholarship because your personal qualities and academic abilities stood above all other applicants. Sending a typed thank you letter confirms that this scholarship was important enough to you to take the time to present yourself in a professional manner. The sample letters on our web site are to help you compose your own thank you letter in a professional business format.

How do I print a copy of my scholarship application?

The scholarship application is not designed to print an exact copy or PDF version of your completed application. Since our on-line application allows you access to view and edit your application throughout our award cycle, we believe this functionality replaces the need to print a hard-copy of what you submitted.