Did you know that the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office awarded over $250 million to 80% of our students in 2018-2019?
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!
It is not too late to complete your 2019-2020 FAFSA!
- 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 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 so that we can continue processing!
The First Fee Payment Deadline and Fee Deferments for Fall 2019
The first fee payment deadline for Fall 2019 was July 31, 2019.
The final fee payment deadline for Fall 2019 is September 11, 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.
If you do not meet the criteria but would like to be considered for a fee deferment, you may request a fee deferment starting September 9th. 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 on your Student Center, pay your fees or call Student Accounts at 559-278-2876
Fall 2019 Financial Aid is finalized on September 18th, 2019
Your financial aid for the Fall 2019 semester will be finalized based on your enrollment as of September 18, 2019.
Up until this date, your financial aid may adjust based on enrollment if you are adding/dropping classes. To avoid this, please finalized your class schedule as soon as possible!
For more information on how your financial aid may be adjusted or prorated based on enrollment
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 Refund Selection set up from your my.FresnoState account 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.