Good Samaritan Grant

The Good Samaritan Grant was created to assist Fresno State students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency or catastrophic event which would otherwise prevent them from continuing their education at Fresno State.

These funds are not intended to be used for routine expenses or as a consistent supplement to a student’s education funding sources. Requests must be urgent in nature.

In the past, we have assisted students who were victims of apartment fires, thefts and various other unexpected loss of income where short term help was needed for basic items, including food.  Thanks to the Good Samaritan Grant, we now have an important resource to help students who have nowhere else to turn in times of extraordinary need.

Qualifying Examples

Consideration will only be given to applicants that have experienced an unforeseen financial emergency and/or catastrophic event.


To be eligible for consideration a student must:

  • Be currently enrolled at Fresno State with the emergency occurring within the academic year of their application
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress toward a degree as determined by Financial Aid
  • Be able to demonstrate his/her current financial need with supporting documentation (i.e.: police/fire report, recommendation from instructor/campus advocate, etc.)


Typical awards range up to $1,500 per student. Students may not receive more than one award in an academic year unless there are extenuating circumstances.  


  1. Student completes the Good Samaritan Grant Application and returns to the Student Health and Counseling Center front desk, or email to
  2. Coordinator reviews the application and submits to a committee for review and decide.
  3. Coordinator notifies the student of committee’s decision.

Requests will be reviewed and responded to within 5 business days from the date the application is received by the Coordinator. If funds are granted, it will take around 2 weeks for the student to receive payment.