Financial Aid Programs

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Enrollment Fees May Be Waived

As a first year student, your enrollment fees may be covered for the fall and/or spring semesters if you meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a first time college student and California resident. Students who take college courses while still in high school are considered first time college students.
  2. Enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 units each semester at Fresno City College (or any California Community College campus)
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) for undocumented students.

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Federal Aid

Federal Pell Grant

  • Award is primarily based on financial need
  • Amount varies from student to student and is awarded once every academic school year
  • Payment is based on number of units enrolled in and attending, and are paid via check or direct deposit generally twice per semester
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive payment

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

  • Award is primarily based on financial need
  • Amount varies from student to student and is awarded once every academic school year
  • Payment is based on number of units enrolled in and attending, and are paid via check or direct deposit generally twice per semester
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive payment

Federal Work Study

  • Awarded to student who indicate on their FAFSA that they are interested in student employment
  • Offered on a first come/first served basis until all funds are exhausted
  • Requires at least six units of enrollment and is paid via check or direct deposit on the 10th of each month
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive payment

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Federal Direct Student Loan 

  • Must be repaid
  • Must be enrolled in at least six units of non-remedial/non-ESL coursework
  • In addition to completed file, student must complete online entrance counseling and sign promissory note.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive payment

Read more about Federal Direct Student Loans

State Aid

California College Promise Grant

  • You must be coded by Admissions and Records as a California Resident or AB-540 student (contact A&R for residency questions)
  • Awarded automatically if you have an accepted FAFSA or Dream Act application on file with FCC and you meet income requirements

Read more about the California College Promise Grant

Cal Grant

Cal Grants are offered by the State of California to students attending eligible California institutions of higher education.  The Cal Grant program is administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).  Grants are funds that do not have to be repaid as long as you complete your courses successfully.

Cal Grant A & B generally cover up to 4 years of full time attendance (typically 2 years of that at a community college). In order to graduate within 4 years a student must take at least 15 units per semester. 

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Student Success Completion Grant

  • Provides students with additional financial aid to help offset the cost of California Community College attendance and encourages completion at a faster pace
  • Award is based on student financial need
  • To qualify a student must be a recipient of a Cal Grant B or C award
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Be a California resident or exempt from paying nonresident tuition
  • Be enrolled in at least 12 units per term

Foster Youth Grant

Chafee Grant

  • If you are or were in foster care, have financial need and are under 27 years old, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don't have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you're in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states.
  • For further information about the California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth and to apply online visit Chafee Grant.

Dream

Not a US Citizen or Permanent resident? Want to apply for financial aid, but cannot apply for federal aid due to your immigration status? Have you attended a California High School for three full years and graduated from a California High School or received your GED or passed the high school equivalency exam in California? You may be eligible for state financial aid under the California Dream Act. 

Read more about the California Dream Act

Scholarships

  • The new Scholarship Listing, which includes all FCC scholarships and their criteria, is available each January on our website under Scholarship Opportunities
  • Scholarship applications must be submitted by March 2 of each year to be considered for scholarships the following academic year
  • You must have a Social Security number or a Fresno City College ID number to apply
  • Most scholarships require at least 12 units of enrollment, unless otherwise stated (Registered Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and Radiologic Technology scholarships require at least nine units)
  • The application will require you to type a one-page, single-spaced personal statement or essay. You will also need two recommendations provided by people in professional positions (teacher, counselor, employer, doctor, social worker, etc.)

Read more about Scholarships

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