Early Start Costs, Fee Waiver & Refunds

The California State University system has suspended the Early Start Program for Summer 2020. No Early Start coursework will be required of incoming, Fall 2020 students. Contact the Admissions Office with any questions by clicking here and selecting “Early Start” in the Topic of Question section.

Program Fees: Program Fees | Fee Waiver | Fee Refunds

Other Expenses: Parking | Room & Board | Supplies & Reading Materials

Program Fees

Early Start classes cost $191 per unit. Student fees total $2 for the program ($1 for access to the Student Health and Counseling Center and $1 for access to the University Student Union and Student Recreation Center). These fees are in effect at every CSU campus and are covered by a fee waiver for eligible students.

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Fee Waiver (Financial Aid)

The fee waiver is available if you have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,500 or less. If you are not eligible to submit FAFSA (e.g. AB540 students), you should file the State Financial Aid application prior to enrolling in Early Start. A formula similar to the EFC is used to determine your waiver eligibility.

The waiver only covers the program fees listed above. It does not cover supplies, reading materials, parking, or room and board.

If you are a host student, you can check your fee waiver eligibility by accessing your student account on your home CSU campus website.

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Fee Refunds

If you pay Early Start fees and later drop the classes, become exempt from the program, or receive a fee waiver, you may be eligible for a refund.

  • If you drop before instruction begins, you are eligible for a refund. Submit a Schedule Change/Refund Form to receive your refund.
  • If you drop after instruction begins, you are not eligible for a refund unless you have a serious or compelling reason (e.g. called for military service, jury duty, illness, childbirth, etc.). Submit a Schedule/Change Refund Form and include an explanation for your petition with supporting documentation (e.g. a doctor's note).
  • If you pay for Early Start and later become eligible for a fee waiver, you may request a refund by submitting a Schedule Change/Refund Form.
  • If you enroll in an Early Start English or Math class and later become exempt from that subject, you will receive an automatic refund with no need to submit a form. The refund will be issued to the mailing address you have on file in MyFresnoState.

See "Registration" for instructions on dropping classes.

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Parking permits are required on the Fresno State campus. See "Parking" for more information.

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Room & Board

Students are responsible for their own room and board arrangements during Early Start. Fresno State Student Housing offers dorm spaces on a first-come, first-served basis. Dorm bookings must be for consecutive nights. 

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Supplies & Reading Materials

At the beginning of each class, you will receive a syllabus with information about required course materials. 

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