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Essential Needs

Financial Resources


Emergency Grants

Fresno State has an emergency grant for students looking for emergency assistance. Fill out the application here.

  • The Good Samaritan Grant - established through generous contributions from the community and private donors. The grant is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.
  • Essential Needs Grant - established through state funding to help students impacted by housing and food insecurity, as well as medical and mental health circumstances that need intervention. 

Both grants are a resource available to matriculated (registered) students experiencing unanticipated financial roadblocks that can impact degree completion and personal wellbeing. Students must have a FAFSA on file. 

This short term help can be used for essential items, including housing, medical bills and vehicle repairs (non-cosmetic), and you will be asked to provide an itemized list and to upload the bills you are asking for assistance with. Before we can assist you we will work with financial aid to determine eligibility. Once we have all the necessary documentation and financial aid has determined there is room in your cost of attendance, we will proceed with a committee vote and finding. This process can take up to 3 weeks.  


Additional Resources

In order to be considered for a Fresno State scholarship, students must be a continuing student or a new student who has applied for admission for the 2024/2025 academic year. All scholarship applicants must use their MyFresnoState login username and password to access the scholarship application and/or the scholarship directory for current year opportunities.

Please be prepared to provide two different personal statements. One statement is to give you an opportunity to tell us important things about yourself that are not addressed or apparent in the application. The second statement is regarding your career objectives.

Apply for scholarships

To aid college students living with serious illness and injury, so that they may continue working toward their educational goals. Each year we provide grants for uncovered medical costs, medical technology, educational costs and living expenses.

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