Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
Kelly Russell, Director
Joyal Administration (North Lobby),
Financial aid is any resource available to students to offset the costs associated with attending California State University, Fresno. Aside from student and family resources, there are four basic programs of financial aid: grants, loans, work-study, and student support from scholarships, sponsorships, tuition waivers, veteran’s benefits, stipends, etc. Most of these programs are administered by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and the majority are funded by federal and state government programs.
Students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) to determine eligibility for most programs. Students are encouraged to electronically submit the FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov and the California Dream Act Application at http://dream.csac.ca.gov. Many state and institutional programs have a priority application date of March 2nd of each year.
For details about all federal and state aid programs available at Fresno State, visit the financial aid website at www.fresnostate.edu/financialaid.
For questions about completing the FAFSA or the CADAA, please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office or visit the websites at https://studentaid.gov and https://dream.csac.ca.gov.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs(VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Additional Financial Aid Sources
Alan Pattee Scholarships. Pursuant to the Alan Pattee Scholarship Act, Education Code Section 68120, children of deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employees, who were California residents and who were killed in the course of law enforcement or fire suppression duties, are not charged mandatory system wide fees or tuition of any kind; to include Application Fee, Student Body Center Fee, Student Body Association Fee, Health Services Fee, Health Facilities Fee, Instructionally Related Activities (IRA), or other Campus Mandatory Fees at any California State University campus. Students who may qualify for these benefits should contact the Veterans Resource Center for an eligibility determination by contacting them at email@example.com or calling 559.278.7030.
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarships. The Air Force ROTC program at California State University, Fresno offers full two-year, three-year, and four-year, scholarships for both technical and non-technical majors. These scholarships cover a tuition of up to $4,500 per semester for undergraduate students working toward their prospective degree.
Fresno State is one of AFROTC’s six Hispanic Serving Institutions and Fresno State students are eligible for AFROTC HIS Scholarships. Eligible students need not be Hispanic to qualify, but may compete for the scholarship (after one semester in our program) on the spring scholarship board after nomination by the AFROTC Det 035 commander.
These scholarships also include a yearly textbook payment of up to $900. This total does not include a monthly stipend pay for all cadets who are contracted, whether under a scholarship or not. Stipend pay is tax free money given to students who are contracted with the Air Force ROTC program and are enrolled as full-time students (12 or more units). Stipend pay depends on your academic year as follows: freshmen $300, sophomores $350, juniors $450, and seniors $500. To qualify for the scholarships, you must graduate before turning age 31 and have at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA. Applications should be submitted to the Department of Aerospace Studies. For additional information, contact our unit admission officer at559.278.2593. For more on AFROTC, see Aerospace Studies.
Army Training Corps Officer. The Army ROTC program at California State University, Fresno has the following options available for fully qualified students to fund undergraduate and in some cases graduate degrees.
- High School: The Army ROTC Four-Year Scholarship program is available to students who have graduated from high school or possess an equivalent certificate before September of the year they enter college. Scholarships pay up to $20,000 a year for college tuition and education fees, or up to $10,000 room and board, whichever is chosen by the student. Additional scholarship benefits are also available.
- On-Campus Scholarships: For fully qualified students already attending Fresno State, we offer three- and two-year scholarships. These scholarships are limited and are awarded on a competitive bases.
- On-Campus Non-Scholarships: All contracted students enrolled in the ROTC program receive an annual allowance of as much as $5,000 and can earn as much as $23,000 during their college careers.
- Simultaneous Membership Program: The California National Guard and Reserve provides 100% tuition assistance to qualified students.
These scholarships also include a yearly textbook payment of up to $1,200. Monthly stipend pay depends on a student’s academic year as follows: freshmen $300, sophomores $350, juniors $450, seniors $500. To qualify for the scholarships, you must graduate before turning age 31 and have at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA.
For additional information contact our scholarship assistance officer at 559.278.5460 or see the Department of Military Science.
Graduate Assistantships. A number of graduate assistantships and teaching associateships are available to students who are enrolled in a master’s degree program. For additional information, see the Division of Research and Graduate Studies.
Division of Research and Graduate Studies Student Research Awards and Travel Grants. For additional information, see the Division of Research and Graduate Studies.
Nonresident Tuition Waivers. A select number of non-resident tuition waivers are available for outstanding graduate students who demonstrate the potential to make significant academic and professional contributions in their disciplines and the graduate program. Recipients are expected to work with the K-12 system in giving lectures/presentations. For additional information, contact the department.
Resident advisors and Public Safety Assistants. Student Housing employs up to 19 students to work as resident advisors (RAs) and eight students to work as public safety assistants (PSAs) in the residence halls. RAs act as effective role models, develop a cohesive community of students, organize and conduct programs, and serve as a resource to students living on-campus. PSAs patrol the buildings and grounds nightly, and provide escort services. Applications are available on the Student Housing website at the beginning of the spring semester.
University Association and Foundation Loan Funds. The university operates an Emergency Loan Fund to assist students who need up to a maximum of $600 for educationally related emergency expenses only. These loans must be repaid within 90 days or before the end of the semester, as designated by Perkins and Nursing Loan Counseling Services. Loans are granted on the basis of the students’ need and ability to repay. The funds for these programs have been provided by gifts to the university. Applications for loans are processed through Perkins and Nursing Loan Counseling Office, Joyal Administration Building, Room 152.
Waivers of Nonresident Fees. Upon written waiver by the dean of students or the director of admissions and records, children or spouses of California State University full-time employees, who are not yet legal residents of California, maybe exempted from the nonresident fee. Also, with verification by the dean of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, certificated California school district employees who are not yet legal residents of California may be exempted from the nonresident fee, if they are provisionally credentialed and working toward regular credentials, completing postponed requirements, or completing the fifth year required under the Teacher Preparation and Licensing Law of 1970 (Ryan Act).
Federal Legislation. Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 (P.L. 116-115). Sec. 1005. In-State Tuition Requirement. Public institutions must provide in-state tuition for GI Bill® students regardless of when veteran separated from the military.
Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grants (LEPD). Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grants range from$1,259 to $12,192 per year for up to four years for dependents and spouses of law enforcement officers killed or totally disabled in the line of duty. Applicants should write to the California Student Aid Commission for a special application.
CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program. The largest program of its kind in the nation, the CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program is designed to increase the pool of individuals who show promise of becoming strong candidates for California State University instructional faculty positions. The program provides loans of up to $10,000 per year up to a total of $30,000 within five years. For each year of full-time post-doctoral teaching at a CSU campus, individuals are granted loan forgiveness at a rate of 20% per year. Interested candidates should contact Fresno State CDIP Campus Coordinator Chuck Radke (firstname.lastname@example.org) with further questions, or visit www.calstate.edu/HR/FLP.
California Predoctoral Program for Undergraduate and Graduate Students. For additional information, see the Division of Research and Graduate Studies.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. To conform with the regulations that govern state and federal student financial aid programs, the university is required to define and enforce standards of satisfactory academic progress for all students.
All funds administered by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office are subject to these standards.
The intent of these standards is to encourage students to make steady progress toward the completion of all degree or credential requirements within a reasonable period of time. The entire Satisfactory Academic Progress policy is available at http://fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/financialaid/policies/sap.
To maintain financial aid eligibility students must meet the requirements for all 3 SAP components: GPA, Pace, Maximum Units, Other Provisions.
The regulations also address the issue of time-to-degree. An undergraduate student’s funding will be suspended once a student exceeds 180 total units taken. (Some exceptions are granted.) A postbaccalaureate student’s funding will be suspended once students reach 150% of their program length. Some exceptions are granted.)
All prior academic activity at the college level is considered in determining total units taken. Total units taken includes all transfer credit recorded, whether or not applicable to the degree, in addition to units taken at California State University, Fresno.
All financial aid recipients are reviewed for satisfactory academic progress at the end of each semester. The following criteria are used for determination of satisfactory progress: (1) A, B, C, D, and CR are acceptable indicators of satisfactory academic progress; (2) F, I, W, WU, NC, RP, RD, AU are not acceptable. A more detailed explanation of satisfactory academic progress requirements at California State University, Fresno is available on the website at http://fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/financialaid or in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, Joyal Administration Building (North Lobby).
University Scholarship Program
Fresno State awards over 800 individual thousand scholarships each year totaling almost $5 million to incoming and continuing students. Institutional scholarships range from $100 to almost $36,000 and are awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarships are offered by various colleges, departments and organizations to students who meet specific criteria.
Factors for Consideration of Scholastic Achievement
- Academic major or career interests
- Involvement in school organizations
- Leadership and participation in community activities
- Full-time enrollment
Depending on specific donor criteria these factors can vary, so regardless of accomplishments, interests, or background, we encourage all students to apply online for consideration of general and departmental scholarships.
Scholarship Application Procedures
The scholarship application for Fresno State will be available online starting October 1 of each year. The “priority” application deadline is the following March 2. However, several scholarship opportunities will remain open beyond that deadline for specific majors, programs, or student groups. Therefore, we encourage all students to occasionally log-in to check their application status and to see if there are any new scholarship opportunities available.
The University Scholarship website provides a one-stop opportunity to apply for hundreds of institutional scholarships by submitting just one application. Simply log on to http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/scholarships/index.html to complete and submit the online scholarship application.
Additional On-Campus Scholarship Opportunities
Requiring a Separate Application
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarships. Air Force ROTC three-year, four-year, and graduate degree scholarships are available in many technical and non-technical majors to cover the costs of fees and tuition, book allowance, lab fees, and a monthly stipend. For additional information log on to http://www.fresnostate.edu/afrotc/ or see Aerospace Studies in this catalog.
Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarships. The U.S. Army offers two-, three-, and four-year scholarships at different monetary levels to qualified students in a variety of academic disciplines. For additional information log on to http://www.fresnostate.edu/craig/depts-programs/army/index.html or see Military Science in this catalog.
Athletics. The department of Athletics complements the academic mission of the university by offering students an athletic experience of high quality through broad-based, competitive sports programs for both men and women. To provide such an experience, the department is committed to integrity and excellence in both athletics and academics through a comprehensive academic support system. For additional information see Athletics in this catalog.
Craig Scholarships and Fresno Merchants Scholarship Program. These are awarded to incoming freshmen who certify their intention of obtaining a B.S. in business administration. Renewal each year is based on continued eligibility and proper progress toward the business degree. For additional information log on to http://www.fresnostate.edu/craig/scholarships/scholars.html or contact the Craig School of Business at 559.278.2482.
The Community Service Scholarship Program provides scholarships of up to $1000 to students who are selected to complete 150 hours of community service. Positions are available to Fresno State students during the academic year and summer months. For more information, contact the office of Career Services at 559.278.2381.
Smittcamp Family Honors College. California State University, Fresno also offers the President’s Honors Scholarships through the Smittcamp Family Honors College. Admission to this prestigious program provides a four-year scholarship to high achieving, incoming freshmen. Each student receives a $3,000/semester scholarship and costs to cover housing on campus for all four years of study. For additional information log on to http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/honors/index.html or contact the Honors College at 559.278.8160.For a comprehensive listing of these and other scholarship opportunities at California State University, Fresno, visit our website at http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/scholarships/.
The California Education Code provides for the waiver of mandatory systemwide tuition fees as summarized below:
Military - College Fee Waiver Program (Cal Vet Waiver)
Any Dependent (natural or adopted child, stepchild) eligible to receive assistance under Article 2 of Chapter 4 of Division 4 of the Military and Veterans Code; child of any veteran of the United States military who has a service-connected disability, has been killed in service, or has died of a service-connected disability, and meets specified income provisions; dependent, or surviving spouse who has not remarried of any member of the California National Guard who, in the line of duty, and while in the active service of the state, was killed, died of a disability resulting from an event that occurred while in the active service of the state, or is permanently disabled as a result of an event that occurred while in the active service of the state; and any undergraduate student who is a recipient of a Medal of Honor, or undergraduate student who is a child of a recipient of a Medal of Honor who is no more than 27 years old, who meets the income restriction and California residency requirement. The Department of Veterans Affairs shall determine the eligibility of any applicant for a fee waiver under this section. (www.calvet.ca.gov)
Current or former foster youth who are 25 years of age or younger; have been in foster care for at least 12 consecutive months after reaching 10 years of age; meet one of the following: is under a current foster care placement order by the juvenile court, was under a foster care placement order by the juvenile court upon reaching 18 years of age, or was adopted, or entered guardianship, from foster care; completes and submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); maintains a minimum grade point average and meets the conditions necessary to be in good standing at the campus; and meets the financial need requirements established for Cal Grant A awards. The waiver of mandatory systemwide tuition and fees under this section applies only to a person who is determined to be a resident of California pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 68000) of Part 41 of the California Education Code.
Section 66602 - A qualifying student from the California State University who is appointed by the Governor to serve as Trustee of the California State University for the duration of his or her term of office.
Section 68120 - Surviving spouse or child of a deceased California resident who was employed by a public agency, or was a contractor or an employee of a contractor, performing services for a public agency, and was killed or died as a result of an industrial injury or illness arising out of and in the course of the performance of his/her principal duties of active law enforcement or active fire suppression and prevention duties (referred to as Alan Pattee Scholarships, see above). Additionally, a person who qualifies for the waiver under this section as a surviving child of a contractor or of an employee of a contractor, who performed services for a public agency, must have enrolled as an undergraduate student at the California State University and meet the applicable income restriction requirement with supporting documentation (i.e. his/her income, including the value of parent support, does not exceed the maximum household income and asset level for an applicant for a Cal Grant B award, as set forth in Section 69432.7).
Section 68121 - A qualifying student enrolled in an undergraduate program who is the surviving dependent of any individual killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in southwestern Pennsylvania, if the student meets the financial need requirements set forth in Government Code Section 69432.7 for the Cal Grant A Program and either the surviving dependent or the individual killed in the attacks was a resident of California on September 11, 2001.
Students who may qualify for the above benefits should contact the Admissions/Registrar’s Office for further information and/or an eligibility determination.
The California Education Code provides for the following nonresident tuition exemptions as summarized below:
Section 68075 - A student who is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in this state, except a member of the Armed Forces assigned for educational purposes to a state-supported institution of higher education, is entitled to resident classification only for the purpose of determining the amount of tuition and fees.
If that member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is in attendance at an institution is thereafter transferred on military orders to a place outside this state where the member continues to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States, he or she shall not lose his or her resident classification so long as he or she remains continuously enrolled at that institution.
Section 68075.7 - A nonresident student is exempt from paying nonresident tuition or any other fee that is exclusively applicable to nonresident students if the student (1) resides in California, (2) meets the definition of “covered individual” as defined in either: (A) Section 3679(c)(2)(A) or (B)(ii)(l) of Title 38 of the United States Code, as that provision read on January 1, 2017 or (B) Section 3679(c)(2)(B)(i) or (ii)(II) of Title 38 of the United States Code, as that provision read on January 1, 2017, and (3) is eligible for education benefits under either the federal Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty program(30 U.S.C. § 3001 et seq.) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill® program (38 U.S.C. § 3301 et seq.) as each read on January 1, 2017.
Section 68122 - A student who is a victim of trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes who has been granted T or U visa status (respectively under Section 1101(a)(15)(T)(i) or (ii), or Section 1101(a)(15)(U)(i) or (ii), of Title 8 of the United States Code) shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition to the same extent as individuals who are admitted to the United States as refugees under Section 1157 of Title 8 of the United States Code.
Section 68130.5 - A student, other than a nonimmigrant alien (8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(15)), who is not a resident of California is exempt from paying nonresident tuition if the student meets the requirements of (1) through (4), below:
- Satisfaction of the requirements of either subparagraph (A) or subparagraph (B):
- A total attendance of, or attainment of credits earned while in California equivalent to, three or more years of full-time attendance or attainment of credits at any of the following:
- California high schools.
- California high schools established by the State Board of Education.
- California adult schools established by a county office of education, a unified school district or high school district, or the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (subject to the class hours’ requirement).
- Campuses of the California Community Colleges (subject to the credit requirements).
- A combination of those schools set forth in clauses (i) to (iv), inclusive.
- Three or more years of full-time high school coursework, and a total of three or more years of attendance in California elementary schools, California secondary schools, or a combination of California elementary and secondary schools.
- Satisfaction of any of the following:
- Graduation from a California high school or attainment of the equivalent thereof.
- Attainment of an associate degree from a campus of the California Community Colleges.
- Fulfillment of the minimum transfer requirements established for the California State University for students transferring from a campus of the California Community Colleges.
- Registration as an entering student at, or current enrollment at, an accredited institution of higher education in California not earlier than the fall semester or quarter of the 2001-02 academic year.
- In the case of a person without lawful immigration status, the filing of an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.
Students who may qualify for any of these benefits should contact the Admissions/Registrar’s Office for further information on the specific requirements and/or an eligibility determination.
Availability of Institutional and Financial Assistance Information
The following information concerning student financial assistance may be obtained from the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, Joyal Administration Building (North Lobby), 559.278.2182 (see also https://studentaffairs.fresnostate.edu/financialaid/index.html):
- A description of the federal, state, institutional, local, and private student financial assistance programs available to students who enroll at Fresno State;
- For each aid program, a description of procedures and forms by which students apply for assistance, student eligibility requirements, criteria for selecting recipients from the group of eligible applicants, and criteria for determining the amount of a student’s award;
- A description of the rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial assistance, including federal Title IV student assistance programs, and criteria for continued student eligibility under each program;
- The satisfactory academic progress standards that students must maintain for the purpose of receiving financial assistance and criteria by which a student who has failed to maintain satisfactory progress may reestablish eligibility for financial assistance;
- The method by which financial assistance disbursements will be made to students and the frequency of those disbursements;
- The way the school provides for Pell-eligible students to obtain or purchase required books and supplies by the seventh day of a payment period and how the student may opt out;
- The terms of any loan received as part of the student’s financial aid package, a sample loan repayment schedule, and the necessity for repaying loans;
- The general conditions and terms applicable to any employment provided as part of the student’s financial aid package;
- The terms and conditions of the loans students receive under the Direct Loan Program;
- The exit counseling information the school provides and collects for student borrowers; and
- Contact information for university offices available for disputes concerning federal, institutional and private loans.
Information concerning the cost of attending California State University, Fresno is available from the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, Joyal Administration Building (North Lobby), 559.278.2182 or online at https://studentaffairs.fresnostate.edu/financialaid/resources/budget/index.html and includes:
- Tuition and fees;
- The estimated costs of books and supplies;
- Estimates of typical student room, board, and transportation costs; and
- If requested, additional costs for specific programs.
Information concerning refund policies of California State University, Fresno for the return of unearned tuition and fees or other refundable portions of institutional charges is available from the Office of Accounting Services, Joyal Administration Building, Room 181, 559.278.2876. The listing of complete policy and procedures is available online at https://adminfinance.fresnostate.edu/accountingservices/.
Information concerning policies regarding the return of federal Title IV student assistance funds as required by regulation is available from the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, Joyal Administration Building (North Lobby), 559.278.2182 or online at https://studentaffairs.fresnostate.edu/financialaid/resources/budget/index.html.
Information regarding special facilities and services available to students with disabilities may be obtained from the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, University Library, 559.278.2811.
Information concerning California State University, Fresno policies, procedures, and facilities for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus may be obtained from the Police Department, Public Safety Building, 559.278.8400.
Information concerning California State University, Fresno annual campus security report and annual fire safety report may be obtained from the Police Department, Public Safety Building, 559.278.8400 or see information on the Clery Act on the University Police Department website.
Information concerning the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation programs may be obtained from Student Health and Counseling Center, 559.278.6738.
Information regarding student retention and graduation rates at California State University, Fresno and the number and percentage of students completing the program in which the student is enrolled or has expressed interest may be obtained from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, University Library, Harold H. Haak Administrative Center, Fourth Floor,559.278.3906. Additional information is available at http://www.fresnostate.edu/oie/.
Information concerning athletic opportunities available to male and female students and the financial resources and personnel that Fresno State dedicates to its men’s and women’s teams may be obtained from the Athletics Department,559.278.2643.
Information concerning teacher preparation programs may be obtained from the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, Student Services, Education Building, Room 100, (559) 278.0300.
Information concerning grievance procedures for students who feel aggrieved in their relationships with the university, its policies, practices, and procedures or its faculty and staff may be obtained from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Joyal Building, Room 262, 559.278.2541.
Information concerning student activities that California State University, Fresno provides, must be easily accessible on https://studentaffairs.fresnostate.edu/studentinvolvement/.
Information concerning student body diversity at California State University, Fresno, including the percentage of enrolled, full-time students who are (1) male, (2) female, (3) Pell Grant recipients, and (4) self-identified members of a specific racial or ethnic group, must be obtained from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, 559.278.3906.
The federal Military Selective Service Act (the “Act”) requires most males residing in the United States to present themselves for registration with the Selective Service System within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Most males between the ages of 18 and 25 must be registered. Selective Service registration forms are available at any U.S. Post Office, and many high schools have a staff member or teacher appointed as a Selective Service Registrar. For more information on the Selective Service System and to initiate the registration process, visit the official Selective Services System website.
Information concerning policies regarding the way education overpayments and debts are handled by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) under Public Law 116-315 Section 1019 is available from the Veterans Resource Center email@example.com.
Information concerning the undergraduate academic programs of California State University, Fresno may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, University Library, Harold H. Haak Administrative Center, Fourth Floor, 559.278.4468.
Information concerning the graduate degree programs of California State University, Fresno may be obtained from the Division of Research and Graduate Studies, Frank W. Thomas Building, Room 130. You may call 559.278.2448. Additional information is available at https://academics.fresnostate.edu/drgs/.
Cancellation of registration or withdrawal from the institution. Students who find it necessary to cancel their registration or to withdraw from all classes after enrolling for any academic term are required to follow the University’s official withdrawal procedures. Failure to follow formal University procedures may result in an obligation to pay fees as well as the assignment of failing grades in all courses and the need to apply for readmission before being permitted to enroll in another academic term. Information on withdrawal procedures is available from the Office of the University Registrar at 559.278.4743. See Registration section for more detailed information regarding the drop policy, procedure, and deadlines.
Prior to withdrawing from the university, students who receive financial aid funds must consult with Financial Aid and Scholarships Office regarding any required return or repayment of grant or loan assistance received for that academic term or payment period. Students who have received financial aid and withdraw from the institution during the academic term or payment period may need to return or repay some or all of the funds received, which may result in a debt owed to the institution. Military withdrawal due to active orders, please contact the Veterans Resource Center for additional information or assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 559.278.6036.