Did you know that the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office awarded over $250 million in 2017-2018?
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!
Have you filed your financial aid application for next year?!
- The 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- The 2019-2020 California Dream Act Application
- The Fresno State Scholarship Application
Even though the priority deadline has passed, we still encourage you to complete the appropriate application to be considered for financial aid for the 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 to ensure your aid is ready for the Fall 2019 semester!
Awarding for the 2019-2020 academic year will begin late-spring of 2019. Stay tuned for more information!
Financial Aid for Summer 2019
You may be eligible for financial aid for the summer 2019 semester. For the summer semester, most financial aid requires you to be enrolled in at least 6 units. Once you submit the Summer Interest Form (available now!), we will review your financial aid eligibility.
You can get the Summer Interest Form by picking it up at our windows in the North Lobby of the Joyal Administration Building.
Please note that the deadline to submit the Summer Interest Form for Intersession classes is May 10, 2019, and the deadline for Summer classes is June 14, 2019.
For more information on Summer 2019, click HERE!
The First Fee Payment Deadline and Fee Deferments for Fall 2019
The first fee payment deadline for Fall 2019 is July 31, 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.
We will begin adding fee deferments for Fall 2019 in mid-July. There is a process that runs every day that looks for students that meet the automatic fee deferment criteria and if you meet the criteria, a fee deferment will be placed on your account. If you no longer meet the criteria, the fee deferment will be removed.
If you do not meet the criteria but would like to be considered for a fee deferment, you may request a fee deferment starting July 29th. 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 pay your fees on your Student Center, click here for more information, or call Student Accounts at 559-278-2876
For how to see if you have a fee deferment, click here.
To view the fee deferment criteria, click here.
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 to request documents from the IRS
It is sometimes necessary to submit transcripts of your federal tax information to the Financial Aid Office. To request these transcripts, simply go to the IRS.gov website and create an account! Check out our tutorial.
We highly encourage you (and your parents) to request the IRS tax return transcripts for the necessary tax year, when you file your FAFSA for the upcoming year. That way, if we request them, you have them ready to go!
If you are unable to request the tax return transcript, we will accept signed copies of your federal tax return documents for the time being.
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 account set up if you're expecting a refund!
Disbursements are happening twice a week during the first half of the semester and then will happen at the end of each week for the last half of the semester.
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
Contact Academic Advising at (559)278-1787.