Oct 22, 2018  
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2017 - 2018 
    
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2017 - 2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Costs and Financial Aid



The Student Financial Services Office is devoted to efficiently servicing the financial needs of the students at Fresno Pacific University. The staff members are caring, accomplished professionals dedicated to providing excellent service. The Student Financial Services Office offers resources that will guide students through the processes of financing an education, applying for financial aid and maintaining their student account, equipping them with helpful resources and encouraging Christian stewardship. The schedule of basic tuition charges, fees and financial policies for the university is given below, as well as important deadlines, scholarship qualifications and other detailed information about various financial aid programs. The tuition charges reflect only a portion of the actual cost of the student’s education; the remainder is subsidized by contributions from churches, alumni and other friends of the university. The university reserves the right at any time to change its student charges and policies as deemed necessary by the board of trustees.

 Program Costs

Traditional Undergraduate Programs

Tuition

12-18 units (full-time)

$14,994 per semester

Less than 12 units (part-time) $1071 per unit
*19 or more units (overload) $1071 per unit
Audit (no charge for full-time students) $340 per unit
Summer sessions $300 per unit
High school students collegiate program $275 per unit
Courses Offered at Bitwise $300 per unit
Online Degree Programs Tuition $465 per unit


*If private music instruction places a student’s account into overload, over 18 units, students are responsible for the cost of both private music instruction and overload charges. No tuition is charged when a student’s registration exceeds 18 units because of enrollment in one or more of the following courses:

Room And Board

Students living in apartments and houses are exempt from required meal plans and are eligible for any meal plan they choose. Resident juniors living in suites are required to enroll in at least a 70-block meal plan (upgrading to a 140/full-access plan is optional). All freshman and sophomore students are required to enroll in the full-access meal plan.

Housing deposit

$200

Room and Board Plans Cost per Semester
Modules (full-access meal plan required) $4,200
Suites (Suite only) $2,080
70-block meal plan required $2,660
140-block meal plan $3,115
Full-access meal plan $4,155
Kriegbaum Apartments
Room only $2,640
70-block meal plan $3,220
140-block meal plan $3,675
Full-access meal plan $4,715
Houses
Room only $2,080
70-block meal plan $2,660
140-block meal plan $3,115
Full-access meal plan $4,155
Willow Garden Apartments
Room only $2,640
70-block meal plan $3,220
140-block meal plan $3,675
Full-access meal plan $4,715
Seminary Housing **subject to change
One tenant $3,152
Two tenants $1,576
Three tenants $1,050
Meal Plan Only
70-block $580
140-block $1,035
Full-access $2,075

 

Fees/Deposits
Application Fee $40
Online Application Fee $40
Application Fee (re-apply; re-admit, audit, non-matriculated) $15
Confirmation deposit for new students
(refundable until May 1st for fall and December 1st for spring, $100 applied to account, $50 applied to orientation)
$150
Student body fee, per semester)
(6 or more units)
$230
Housing deposit $200
Alcohol awareness $50
Lost keys $50
Parking permit, per year $50
Intercollegiate athletics, per semester $95
Private music instruction, per semester, per unit $400
Late check-in $50
Special course activity fee $100
Materials/Labs fee $10-$100
Academic Petition fee $50 per item

Confirmation Deposit

New students must pay the confirmation deposit after acceptance to hold their enrollment. This deposit will also hold the student’s registration as they register during the summer. Part of this deposit is applied toward the students’ accounts when they arrive for classes and is only refundable until May 1st for the fall and December 1st for the spring.  Deposits are not held for future semesters without specific arrangements with Student Financial Services.

Parking Permit

To obtain a parking permit, vehicles must be registered with the Campus Safety Office. Permits and vehicle registration forms are available at the Cashier’s Window. Permits cannot be charged to a student’s account; permits must be paid in full at the time of purchase. Students living on campus are not eligible to purchase permits.

Activity Fee

A fee is assessed for students enrolled in certain activity classes to cover additional costs or materials, facilities, trips, equipment, etc. These may vary from course to course. (See course schedule.)

Intensive English Language Program (Non- Credit)

Students who prefer to study English for personal or professional reasons may enroll in English language courses for no credit without being admitted to the undergraduate program at FPU.

Eight-Week Session

Confirmation deposit for new students
(nonrefundable, $100 applied to account, $50 applied to orientation)

$150
Tuition $1,480
Student body fee $115
Application fee $40
Health insurance: August thru January (Subject to Change) $788
Health insurance: February thru July (Subject to Change) $788

Sixteen-Week Session

Confirmation deposit for new students
(nonrefundable, $100 applied to account, $50 applied to orientation)

$150
Tuition $2,960
Student body fee $230
Application fee $40
Health insurance: August thru January (Subject to Change) $788
Health Insurance: February thru July (Subject to Change) $788

Degree Completion Programs

Tuition

Degree Completion Tuition Programs $465/unit

Fees/Deposits

Baccalaureate admissions application $40
Student services fee, per semester $130
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA- 203A-J) $175

Designated Subject Education Programs

Tuition

DSE courses $340 per unit

Fees

Application $20
Preliminary credential Recommendation $75
Clear credential recommendation $75
Subject add on $50
Extension $50
Outside region: extension $100
Appeal $100
Outside region: appeal $150
CTC Contact Program Director

University Service Fee

Degree application for graduation $65
Enrichment fee $50
Late registration $50
Transcripts (per copy, regular service) $13
Late Payment $50
Returned Check $25
Special Course Material Fee $10-$100
Credential review fee $495
Challenge fee $50/unit
Academic Petition Fee $50 per item

Degree Unit Fulfillment

If courses need to be taken outside of a declared major program in order to fulfill degree unit requirements for graduation, charges for those units will be in accordance with the declared program costs.  For example, if a traditional undergraduate student needs to enroll into a Degree Completion course in order to fulfill units, they will be billed as a traditional undergraduate course and vice versa for a Degree completion student taking Traditional undergraduate courses.  Please note that if a traditional undergraduate student is part time, these units will be billed at a per unit rate; If they are full time, the full time cost will be assessed per usual, but if these units put a student into overload units, overload fees will apply.

Payment of Accounts

Means of Payment

  1. Financial Aid
    A student may apply for financial aid (i.e. grants, scholarships and loans) through the Student Financial Services Office. See the Financial Aid section below.
  2. Outside Assistance
    Students who participate in outside assistance programs (i.e., California Department of Rehabilitation, Department of Veterans Affairs, employer reimbursement programs, etc.) should contact the Student Financial Services Office as soon as possible to ensure that the student’s account is correct and up-to-date.
  3. Personal Funds
    Costs not covered by financial aid and/or outside assistance are the responsibility of the student. Fresno Pacific University expenses may be paid in installments throughout the course of the semester. See the payment plan section below. Students needing additional assistance may use educational, alternative and personal loans to cover any remaining balance.

Payment Options

Pay in Full

Students may pay the semester balance in full. Payment is due by the end of the first week of each semester to avoid being administratively enrolled in a payment plan.

Monthly Payment Plan

Monthly payments will reflect the total balance remaining after subtracting out any pending gift aid and approved loans. Because the account balance can change from month to month, it is the student’s responsibility to check the account online on a regular basis at fresno.edu/payment plan or through CampusCruiser/services/online payment center. Contact the Student Financial Services Offices at 559-453-2041 regarding questions on the account.

Students who have a balance remaining for the current term and have not developed a payment plan by the designated deadlines will be administratively enrolled in a payment plan for the duration of the semester. Students are expected to make their monthly payments as detailed on their payment plan and are responsible for any late fees that may be assessed due to non-payment. Balances must be paid in full prior to the end of each semester to avoid de-registration from future semesters.

Students and authorized users will receive monthly statements to their Fresno Pacific email addresses, reflecting the current balance and any payments due.

The payment plan is a legal agreement between the university and the student (or the parent if the student is under 18 years of age).

Please note that if the balance is not paid in full by the last payment due date, any preregistered classes for the next semester will be dropped.

Specifications for Traditional Undergraduate Students

A 20-percent down payment is due by August 1 for fall and January 1 for spring. The remaining balance is due in four equal, interest free, monthly payments:

  • Fall: September 1, October 1, November 1, December 1
  • Spring: February 1, March 1, April 1, May 1
  • Summer: June 10, June 26, July 10, July 26

Students who will be covering their expenses (tuition, fees, room and board, etc.) with loans, scholarships, or grants must have all required financial aid paperwork turned in and loans approved before August 1 to avoid making the down payment.

Specifications for Degree Completion Students
  • Payments will extend the duration of the semester, August-December (fall) and February-June (spring).
  • Tuition for short term, weekend and Designated Subject Education (DSE) courses will be accrued as registration is processed. Remaining payments will be automatically adjusted and/or recalculated so the balance is cleared by the last payment of the semester.
Requirements for all Students
  • The student’s account must remain in good standing.
  • Payments must be made in full, due on the first of each scheduled month and considered late when received after the third (3rd). Late fees are charged for late, missed or partial payments.
  • All financial aid paperwork must be submitted prior to the first payment installment due date to avoid a late fee.
  • Students will not be allowed to register or make course changes for future semesters until the previous semester balance has been paid in full.
  • Monthly payments will automatically be recalculated to reflect the inclusion of any additional charges (library fines, additional units, etc.)

How to Set Up a Payment Plan

You can set up your payment plan by:

  • Enrolling online through CampusCruiser/services/online payment center. The site is easy to navigate and accessible anytime.
  • Contacting your student financial services advisor in the Student Financial Services Office during regular office hours. He or she would be happy to assist you with the payment plan enrollment process.

Method of Payment

Payment must be made in U.S. funds and may be made by cash, check and all major credit cards. Payments can be made online via the Online Payment Center through CampusCruiser/services/online payment center. Payments can also be mailed to the main campus in Fresno, paid at the Cashier’s Window or paid over the telephone using a credit or debit card (with a Visa or MasterCard symbol). The university does not recommend mailing cash payments.

When mailing payments, please address to:
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Box 2004
Fresno, CA 93702

Cashier Phone: (559) 453-5586

Financial Obligations

Students are responsible for their student account at FPU. Students are expected to make timely payments and follow the guidelines stated above. Students with delinquent accounts are subject to the following consequences:

  1. If the semester balance is not paid in full by the last Friday of the semester or the student has not made appropriate payment arrangements with Student Financial Services Advisor, the student will be de-registered from the next semester courses. Once the balance has been paid in full, the student may re-register for courses, but will be subject to course availability and applicable processing fees (i.e.: late registration fee).
  2. A hold will be placed on the account prohibiting:
    1. Registration for future courses.
    2. Participation in commencement ceremonies.
    3. Release of transcripts.
    4. Receipt of diploma.
  3. The loss of institutional financial aid. Financial aid for the next semester will not be credited to the student’s account until previous balances are paid in full. Late fees will be assessed for late, missed or partial payments.
  4. Assumption of collection costs/fees as well as the principal balance if the account is sent to a collection agency.

Please note:

  1. Class schedules will not be reinstated; students will need to re-enroll in courses available at the time the hold is released.
  2. Administratively withdrawn students are subject to the processes required to re-register.
  3. Students without a payment plan and a balance due are subject to the same conditions and consequences of students with a payment plan.
  4. Delinquent accounts are subject to all financial and academic consequences as described in the Payment Options, Nonpayment of Account, and Financial Aid sections of this catalog.
  5. Students who retake a course will be responsible for paying for the course again.

Refund Policies–Traditional Undergraduate Programs

Tuition Refunds

Tuition refunds are granted for authorized course drops only and based upon the drop date provided by the Registrar’s Office. Students are responsible for following the appropriate drop procedures. After the first week of the semester or the session (as applicable), students are not automatically dropped from courses if they fail to attend. It is the responsibility of the student to follow the correct drop procedures through the Registrar’s Office. Tuition refunds, either in full or partial, for dropped courses will only be offered for the first THREE weeks of the course, for the refund schedule, see Course Drops in the Academic Policies section..

Beginning Fall 2017 Fresno Pacific University’s refund policy will be as follows:

  • Dropping prior to the start of the course: 100% refund
  • Dropping during the first week of the course: 100% refund
  • Dropping during the second week of the course: 25% refund
  • Dropping during the third week of the couse and after: 0 refund

If you are considering dropping courses, please take note of this important change as the amount of weeks eligible to drop with any refund has dramatically decreased. Please keep in mind that course weeks run Monday-Sunday.

Private Music Lesson Refund Schedule

Authorized Course Drops Lesson Refund Student Responsibilities
Prior to first lesson 100 percent Zero
Prior to second lesson 90 percent 10 percent
Prior to third lesson 80 percent 20 percent
Prior to fourth lesson 70 percent 30 percent
Prior to fifth lesson 60 percent 40 percent
After fifth lesson No refund 100 percent

Room and Board Refund Schedule

Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing to the Housing and Residence Life Office. To receive a full refund of the $200 housing deposit, returning students must cancel their housing assignment by June 1 for the fall semester and December 15 for the spring semester. New students must cancel their housing assignment by August 20 for the fall semester and December 15 for the spring semester. Failure to meet these deadlines will result in a forfeit of the student’s housing deposit.

Room and board rates are prorated as a single, combined rate and are not itemized. The date used for cancellation of room and board will be whichever official date, indicated in writing, is earliest and most beneficial to the student as determined by the university.

Meal plan changes will not be accepted after the second week of school.

Room/Board Cancellation Room/Board Refund
By Friday of the first week of classes 100 percent
By Friday of the second week 90 percent
The third week through the 10th week Refund decreases 10 percent for each week
After the Friday of the 10th week No refund is provided

Degree Completion Programs

Tuition Refund

Tuition refunds are granted for authorized course drops only and based upon the drop date provided by the Registrar’s Office. Students are responsible for following the appropriate drop procedures. After the first week of the semester or the session (as applicable), students are not automatically dropped from courses if they fail to attend. It is the responsibility of the student to follow the correct drop procedures through the Registrar’s Office. Tuition refunds, either in full or partial, for dropped courses will only be offered for the first THREE weeks of the course, for the refund schedule, see Course Drops in the Academic Policies section.

Dismissal/Suspension

A student who is dismissed or suspended from the university is not eligible for refunds.

New students

For all new students the university complies with the refund policy in Section 484B of Public Law 102-325.

California State University, Fresno: Reimbursement Policy

  • In certain instances, full-time Fresno Pacific University undergraduate students may be reimbursed for the cost of the state university fee when taking courses at California State University, Fresno (CSUF). (Any fees beyond the per-unit charge are the student’s responsibility.)
  • A student may find it necessary to take classes at CSUF in the following circumstances:
  • A course necessary for a FPU major is not offered in the current academic year.
  • A student wishes to major in an area in which FPU only offers a minor.
  • A student wishes to major in an area in which FPU does not offer a major or minor. In this case the dean must approve the major.
  • The following conditions apply:
  • The courses that are to be taken at CSUF are not offered by Fresno Pacific University in the academic year during which the request is made.
  • The courses are approved in advance by the program advisor of the major or minor and the dean.
  • The student is a full-time student at Fresno Pacific University and plans to graduate from FPU.
  • The student has a major contract on file in the Registrar’s Office.
  • A minimum of 18 units in the major must be taken at FPU.

A form is available online from the Registrar’s Office web pages.

Refund Of Overpayment On Student Account

If a student’s account is overpaid in any semester and a credit balance currently exists on the account, the student will receive a Financial Aid Credit Disbursement (FACD). Students may sign up for an e-refund (direct deposit) through the Online Payment Center via CampusCruiser. The funds may be kept on the student’s account to be applied to other expected expenses upon request by the student.

If the student’s account was partially or fully paid by a third party (i.e., employer assistance or private scholarship), the refund to the student will not exceed the amount paid by the student. Any credit balance over the amount that the student paid will be refunded to the third party. If a credit balance is the result of a parent plus loan, the FACD will be issued to the parent.

Returned Payment Policy

A $25 fee is applied to a student’s account if a student’s check/payment is returned for any reason. Anyone with two returned checks on file may have check-writing privileges suspended and, FPU reserves the right to decline checks from such individuals. For nonpayment or balances on an account, including NSF fees, FPU reserves the right to place a hold on student records. All payments made via check may be subject to a 7 day waiting period before payment is considered cleared.

Appeals and Petitions

Appeals of student account policies for undergraduate, degree completion and graduate students may be made by filing an official petition with the Student Financial Services Office. This petition will be reviewed by the Student Accounts Appeals Committee. All petitions that have financial bearing will be reviewed by this committee. Students will be notified in writing and email once a decision has been made.

Financial Aid

General Information

Over 98 percent of Fresno Pacific University students receive financial aid. Last year alone FPU students were awarded over $48 million, including more than $13 million in institutional grants and scholarships, to help achieve their goals. All students are encouraged to apply for assistance. Financial aid is awarded without discrimination as to race, color, nationality, handicap or sex, in compliance with all applicable federal regulations.

Fresno Pacific University offers three basic types of financial aid:

  • Scholarships and grants, which do not have to be repaid.
  • Loans, which must be repaid.
  • Employment, which must be earned.

Most grants, loans and employment opportunities are awarded on the basis of a combination of scholastic or other achievement and demonstrated financial need. A limited number of scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit only.

Application Process

  1. All financial aid applicants must be accepted for admission to a degree program at Fresno Pacific University as a precondition for financial aid eligibility.
  2. Students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA provides the information needed to determine a student’s financial need. Need is determined by calculating the difference between a student’s cost of attendance and the expected family contribution. You can find more information at our website fresno.edu/finaid. The FPU school code is 001253.
    NOTE: If a student chooses not to complete the FAFSA, they must contact the Student Financial Services Office to indicate they do not wish to do so. By waiving the FAFSA the student will not be eligible for any federal or state aid, including federal student loans. For students who waive the FAFSA or refuse any offered state and federal aid, FPU institutional aid may be reduced or denied.
  3. Students who are undocumented are encouraged to complete a California Dream Act Application online at csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp. Students who meet AB 540 criteria may apply for state-funded financial aid such as the Cal Grant and Chafee Grant.
  4. Cal Grant. New undergraduate students applying for a Cal Grant are responsible to request GPA verification be sent to the California Student Aid Commission from their high school or previously attended college by the March 2 Cal Grant deadline. There is a second deadline of September 2 for students enrolled in a community college in the fall semester who plan to transfer to FPU mid-year for the spring semester. High school seniors must request that their high school provide this information to CSAC. High school students who participated in a home school program or who attended an unaccredited high school should follow instructions on the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form available at www.csac.ca.gov/. Current FPU students who are California residents and who have completed 24 or more degree applicable college units will have their GPA automatically submitted to CSAC during the last week of February for Cal Grant consideration for the next academic year.
  5. A student may be selected by the U.S. Department of Education to verify their FAFSA information. A verification form and copies of federal tax transcripts, as well as other documentation, may be required to be submitted to the Student Financial Services Office. Upon submission of the FAFSA, the FAFSA confirmation page and the FAFSA Student Aid Report, will first tell students if they are selected for verification. If requested documents are not submitted, federal and state funds cannot be released to the student.

Deadlines (Priority) Specifications for Traditional Undergraduate Students

All documentation required to complete processing of financial aid is due by July 6 for the fall semester, November 29 for the spring semester and May 1 for the summer semester. Required documentation not submitted by these dates may result in a denial of awarded aid. Students may still apply for aid or submit documentation, however, once denied, aid may be re-awarded dependent upon availability of funding.

Students who wish to take advantage of the four year graduation guarantee must meet both the application and documentation deadlines.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

A new FAFSA application must be filed for each academic year a student attends FPU. The information contained in the FAFSA and other required documentation is confidential. Access to this information is governed by the terms of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. The FAFSA can be completed at fafsa.ed.gov.

Selective Service Requirement

Federal regulation requires all male students from the ages of 18 to 25 to register for Selective Service as a condition for financial aid eligibility. If students have not registered for Selective Service, or are unwilling to provide documentation to verify compliance, these students are not eligible to receive financial aid from federally funded programs. If a student feels that they should be exempt from registration they must contact the Selective Service directly. Contact information can be found at sss.gov. Additional paperwork may be required if a student is over the age of 25 and was never registered with Selective Service, even though they could have been.

California Dream Act Application

A new CA Dream Act Application must be filed for each academic year a student attends FPU. The information contained in the CA Dream Act Application and other required documentation is confidential. Access to this information is governed by the terms of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. The CA Dream Act Application can be completed at csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp.

Award Processing

Students will receive a financial aid offer letter after application requirements have been completed. The offer letter will list the type and amount of assistance for which the student is eligible. The offer letter is an estimate of funding and is contingent upon final notification from funding sources and verification of the information reported on the FAFSA.

Average Processing Timeline Weeks
FAFSA processing 1-2
Award determination and notification 1-3
Loan processing 1-4

Applicants need to allow the Student Financial Services Office sufficient time to properly process financial aid for each student. The student may shorten the processing time by responding to all correspondence and submitting requested documents as quickly as possible. The goal is to have all financial aid work completed prior to registration. The Student Financial Services Office is happy to help throughout the financial aid process, but it is the student’s responsibility to submit requested paperwork promptly in order to have financial aid arrive in a timely manner.

Coordination of Aid

It is the responsibility of the Student Financial Services Office to coordinate all aid resources awarded to each student. When need-based funds are a component of the student’s financial aid award package, care must be taken to insure that total aid awarded does not exceed each student’s need. When total aid exceeds need, an over-award exists. In these situations the aid package will be reviewed and appropriate reductions will be made to eliminate the over-award. Care is always taken to retain as much of the original aid package as possible.

Change in Enrollment

When students drop all or some of their classes, the Student Financial Services Office coordinates a recalculation of the financial aid a student has received from federal and state governments, outside sources and institutional aid. Students are required to contact the Student Financial Services Office to inform staff of unit changes and to see how it affects their financial aid package, which may affect their balance and payment plan at FPU.

Traditional undergraduate students who withdraw from a term after it has begun, but before 60 percent of the term has been completed, may be required to repay some or all of the financial aid that has been disbursed for that term. The amount of aid that may be kept is the “earned” aid, which is determined by how long the student was enrolled for that term. If a student withdraws after 60 percent of the term is completed then all aid that has been received may be kept on the student account. If a student drops courses that change their status of enrollment before 60 percent of the term has been completed, then financial aid will be recalculated based on the new enrollment status.

Undergraduate degree completion students who withdraw from a term after it has begun or drop a course will have their aid recalculated based on their new enrollment status. The student may be required to repay some or all of the financial aid that has been disbursed for that term based on the result of the new aid calculation.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Background

Fresno Pacific University is required by federal law to establish specific standards for measuring Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). As part of the university standards for continued enrollment (see above), a student must meet the requirements of the SAP policy below to be eligible to receive federal, state and need-based institutional financial aid assistance. Scholarships and other awards may require students to meet higher standards. Veterans Affairs students have additional requirements. SAP will be reviewed at the end of each semester for all active students, based on the criteria outlined below. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor his or her academic progress through CampusCruiser and to be aware of the requirements of his or her program and SAP standards.

Overview of SAP Standards

FPU students are expected to make reasonable and timely academic progress toward their declared program objective (degree, credential or certificate) each semester. Reasonable progress is measured by the following standards:

Standard 1: The GPA Standard

Meet the minimum FPU cumulative grade point average required for their program.

Standard 2: The Pace Standard

Satisfactorily complete at least 67 percent of cumulative credit hours attempted.

Standard 3: The Maximum Time Frame

Complete a degree/certificate program within the maximum time frame based on total units attempted compared to the units required in the program.

Details of how each standard is measured are found below. However, it is important to understand that a student’s entire academic history must be considered in these standards regardless of whether or not the student received financial aid for that coursework. Eligibility to enroll for classes does not necessarily mean that Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for the receipt of financial aid have been met.

Standard 1: The GPA Standard

Standard 1 is a qualitative measure of progress as measured by the student’s cumulative FPU grade point average (GPA). FPU academic policies determine how the GPA is calculated, including which grades count in the GPA calculation and the effect of course repeats on GPA. Each student can see his/her current FPU cumulative GPA on the unofficial transcript in CampusCruiser. To meet Standard 1, students must meet the minimum cumulative FPU GPA requirement each semester as listed in the chart:

Academic Level Minimum CUM FPU GPA
Baccalaureate 2.0

Standard 2: The Pace Standard

Standard 2 is a quantitative measure which attempts to calculate the pace at which a student is progressing toward program completion. Pace is measured by the cumulative percentage of courses attempted that are successfully completed for credit. There are two steps in performing this calculation.

Step 1

Not all credits posted to the student’s academic record are a good indication of the pace at which they are completing their program. As a result, the various types of post-baccalaureate credit are evaluated based on the following:

Types of Courses and Credit That Are Included in this Calculation:

  1. All FPU courses not exempted below
  2. All transfer credits that have been officially accepted to complete program requirements
  3. Repeated coursework

Types of Courses and Credit That Are Not Included in this Calculation:

  1. Audited coursework
  2. Courses dropped with no attendance or last day of attendance in the first week.
  3. In progress and incomplete courses
Step 2

Based on the courses that are included above, pace is then calculated by dividing the total number of credit hours successfully completed (passed with units earned) by the total number of credit hours actually attempted.

Total Hours Earned/Completed = all coursework where credit is earned with a grade of CR, A and B (including pluses and minuses). C also counts for some seminary courses.

Total Hours Attempted = total hours earned/completed plus all coursework with a grade of W, C, F, I, NR and NC

To meet Standard 2, students must satisfactorily complete at least 67 percent of all cumulative credit hours attempted as calculated above.

Standard 3: The Maximum Time Frame

Standard 3 includes two quantitative measures to determine if the student is actually completing the academic program within a reasonable amount of time and with a limited, reasonable number of units attempted.

Part A: The 150 Percent Rule

This rule quantifies the number of units attempted vs. the number of units completed successfully. Students may not continue to receive financial aid once they have exceeded this standard. It is important to emphasize that once the maximum time frame is exceeded the student is considered ineligible for further financial aid and must complete their program without the benefit of these financial assistance programs. There are two steps in performing this calculation.

Step 1

First, the maximum units allowed for the academic program must be determined. This is calculated by multiplying the minimum units required for the academic program by 150 percent to determine the maximum number of units a student can attempt and still receive financial aid. For example, students in a 40-unit master’s degree program may attempt up to 60 units. For students that are officially pursuing multiple goals, e.g., a financial aid eligible credential or certificate concurrently with a master’s program, the minimum units required of each program will be added together and then multiplied by 150 percent.

Step 2

The total number of units attempted by students in their post-baccalaureate academic career is calculated and compared to the maximum allowed in Step 1. As not all credit posted to the students’ academic record can count toward the degree program requirements, the following exclusions/adjustments are made:

Transfer credits that have been officially accepted to complete program requirements will count.

Units which apply solely to a program that was dropped will be excluded.

To meet Standard 3, students must have attempted less than 150 percent of units required for the academic program as calculated above.

How Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards Are Monitored

Satisfactory academic progress is monitored at the end of each academic term (fall, spring and summer). Students who fully meet all three standards above are considered in good standing for SAP. Students who are not meeting the standards will be notified via FPU email of the results and the impact on their financial aid and academic eligibility. Students who have exceeded the maximum time frame (Standard 3) are immediately ineligible to receive additional financial aid. Students may appeal this ineligible status (see Appeal Guidelines below). In addition, students who have been academically disqualified are also not eligible to receive financial aid assistance until formally reinstated to the university.

Warning Status

Students who are not meeting Standard 1 (GPA) or Standard 2 (Pace) are first placed on financial aid warning if they were in good status the prior term. A student on warning status will continue to receive financial aid for one term despite a determination that the student is not making satisfactory academic progress.

At the end of the next enrolled term, students on warning must meet all three standards to be deemed eligible for continued assistance. Students who remedy their deficiency and are fully meeting the SAP standards will be considered in good standing for SAP again.

Disqualified Status

Students who are on warning status at the end of the term and who do not remedy their deficiency at the end of the term are disqualified. Students may appeal his/her financial disqualified status (see Appeal Guidelines below).

Probation Status

A student whose appeal is approved will be defined as on probation and may receive aid for one additional term. Students will be monitored each semester based on the details of their success plan, including the time frame for compliance. At the end of the next enrolled term, students on probation must meet all three standards to be deemed eligible for continued assistance and be in good standing. Students who fail to meet the three standards, but meet all the terms of their academic contract, may continue on probation for the length of their academic contract. Students who fail to fully satisfy their academic plan will be disqualified for financial aid. Once students have failed to maintain satisfactory progress based on an academic plan that includes a timeline longer than one semester, they may not appeal and they become disqualified for financial aid. Students may, however, remain enrolled and find other means to pay tuition and expenses.

Students may only be on probation for two consecutive semesters or the length of their academic contract, whichever is greater.

Impact on the Disbursement of Financial Aid

Financial aid regulations do not allow for the disbursement of any financial assistance for future semesters until it can be ensured that the student will be eligible to receive the financial aid under these SAP standards. As a result, a hold will be placed on the future disbursement of financial aid for those students who are at risk of becoming ineligible. This includes:

  1. Students who are on warning.
  2. Students who are on probation.
  3. Students who are being monitored based on an approved academic plan.
  4. Students who are approaching the Maximum Time- Frame Standard.

Once grades are posted and SAP standards can be monitored, the hold will be released for those deemed eligible. The hold will not be released for those deemed disqualified until such time as an appeal is approved.

Request to Have Satisfactory Academic Progress Recalculated

If adjustments have been made to the student’s academic record after their SAP status has been calculated, students may request that their SAP status be reviewed again. This may be necessary when:

  • Grades for the term were posted after SAP was calculated
  • Grade changes occur, including the resolution of an incomplete
  • Transfer credit has been posted
  • An academic objective has changed

Appeal Guidelines

Students who fail to meet these standards and lose eligibility for financial aid can appeal the decision. As part of all appeals, the student is required to provide all of the following:

  1. The appropriate SAP Appeal form or letter as requested, including a personal statement explaining:
    1. Extenuating circumstances that led to the student not meeting the SAP standards.
    2. What actions the student is taking to ensure future academic progress.
  2. Documentation to support extenuating circumstance(s). Examples of extenuating circumstances include (but are not limited to):
    1. A period of illness or injury for the student.
    2. A period of illness or injury for an immediate family member requiring the student’s assistance.
    3. Death of a family member.
    4. Family difficulties (financial, divorce, etc.)
    5. Military service.
  3. Develop a detailed plan showing how the student will meet remaining program requirements, address the SAP standard deficiencies and make reasonable academic progress toward degree.

The complete appeal packet must be submitted to the University. Students should check the ineligibility notification for the submission deadline. Appeals will be evaluated by the appropriate committee. Students will be notified of the results by email. If a student wishes to challenge the denial of an appeal, they must provide to the Registrar’s Office a clear written rationale for this challenge by the stated deadline. The registrar will submit the appeal to the appropriate appeal committee, who will make a determination.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

FPU does not offer any institutional financial aid to students who choose to pursue a second undergraduate degree. Federal Pell and Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants are only available to students who are working on their first undergraduate degrees. Students who return to pursue a second undergraduate degree will be able to apply for federal student loans under the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. There is an aggregate loan limit for undergraduate studies. This limit is not extended for students returning for a second undergraduate degree.

Fresno Pacific University Scholarships

Degree completion students are encouraged to participate in the church match scholarship program described in the Institutional Scholarships and Grants section of this catalog. Students seeking FPU grants and scholarships must complete a FAFSA if they are U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents (See point 2 under Application Process, above.)

Freshman Academic Scholarships and Grants (Traditional Undergraduate Program)

Awarded to Freshmen based on academic record and test scores.

  • Paragon Scholarship-Full tuition scholarship (3 awarded).  Awarded to three freshmen each year, the Paragon Scholarship is FPU’s top academic award. Students receiving the President’s Scholarship are eligible to apply.  Applications are due by January 1. Participation in the Paragon program, enrollment in the Perspectives in Leadership (LEAD-120H) class, and a residency  on campus is required if selected.  3.0 GPA is required for renewal

  • President’s Scholarship-$13,000 annual- Enrollment in the Perspectives in Leadership (LEAD-120H) is required and a 3.0 GPA is required for renewal.

  • Dean’s Scholarship-$11,000 annual- 3.0 GPA required for renewal.

  • Faculty Scholarship-$8,000 annual- 2.7 GPA required for renewal.

  • Founder’s Grant-$5,000 annual- Satisfactory Academic Progress required for renewal.

Transfer Academic Scholarships and Grants (Traditional Undergraduate Program)

Awarded to transfer students who have attained 12 or more transferable, post high school units.  GPAs are based on transferable units calculated by FPU.

  • Transfer Scholar Award-$10,000 annual- 3.5 cumulative GOA and enrollment in Perspectives in Leadership (LEAD-120H) is required.  3.0 GPA required for renewal.
  • Transfer Achievement Award-$7,500  annual- 3.0 cumulative GPA required.  3.0 GPA required for renewal.
  • Transfer Academic Award-$5,000 annual- 2.4 cumulative GPA required.  Satisfactory Academic Progress required for renewal. 
  • Transfer Partnership Grant-$2,500 annual- below 2.4 cumulative GPA.  Satisfactory Academic Progress required for renewal.

Institutional Scholarships and Grants

Athletic Scholarship

A student-athlete must meet applicable NCAA, conference and FPU regulations. These regulations include but are not limited to the following: be academically eligible, meet progress toward degree, have not exceeded their 10 semesters of eligibility.

Church Match Scholarship

Fresno Pacific University will match a gift from a church up to $250 per semester (not to include summer) if received by the deadline. Gifts from the Pacific District Mennonite Brethren Churches are matched two to one. Contact the Student Financial Services Office for details about the Church Match Scholarship policy and specific deadlines. You can find a detailed question and answer sheet about this scholarship at: fresno.edu/students/student-financial-services/state-local-institutional-aid

International Scholarship

2.0 GPA, potential for contribution to church, university and society. Contact the FPU International Student Office for more information.

Fresno Pacific Grant

Various criteria and amounts. The FPU Grant is awarded to students who have completed the FAFSA and based on need and other financial aid awards.

Resident Success Grant

Various criteria and amounts. The Resident Success Grant is awarded to students living on campus who have completed the FAFSA and based on need and other financial aid awards.

Mennonite Brethren Scholarship Commitment

Must be a member or regular attendee of a Mennonite Brethren congregation prior to application for admission. All applicants must apply for all available financial aid. Student must be a regularly admitted student.

Ministerial Grant

Dependent of a parent in full-time Christian service.

Multicultural Scholarship

Awarded to selected FPU students by the Office of Spiritual Formation staff.

Music

2.0 GPA, audition. Must agree to continued participation in music at Fresno Pacific University. Contact the FPU Music Department at 559-452-2267 for more information.

Pacific Publications Scholarship

Awarding to selected FPU students for their publishing abilities.

School of Business Divisional Scholarship

Awarded to selected, outstanding juniors and seniors with a cumulative FPU GPA of 3.5 or higher by the dean and/or faculty in the School of Business.

School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences Divisional Scholarship

Awarded to selected, outstanding juniors and seniors with a cumulative FPU GPA of 3.5 or higher by the dean and/or faculty in the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences.

School of Natural Sciences Divisional Scholarship

Awarded to selected, outstanding juniors and seniors with a cumulative FPU GPA of 3.5 or higher by the dean and/r faculty in the School of Natural Sciences.

SIFE Scholarship

Awarded to selected FPU students for their exemplary participation in Students Free Enterprise.

Summer Harvest Scholarship

Awarded to selected FPU students by the Office Of Spiritual Formation staff for their leadership in ministry.

Theater

2.0 GPA, audition. Must agree to continued participation in drama at Fresno Pacific University. Contact the theater advisor for more information.

Degree Completion

Church Match Scholarship

Fresno Pacific University will match gifts from a student’s church up to $250 per semester, not to exceed $500 for the year. Gifts from the Pacific District Mennonite Brethren Churches are matched two to one. Contact the Student Financial Services Office for details about the church match scholarship policy and specific deadlines. You can find a detailed question and answer sheet about this scholarship at: fresno.edu/financial_aid/degree_completion/downloads.asp.

FPU Donor Scholarships

Alumni, parents, friends, businesses and foundations have generously provided a special set of scholarships available to students attending Fresno Pacific. These scholarships are vital to FPU. Applications can be found online at: scholarships.fresno.edu. Deadlines vary by student population.

Public Grants–State Grants

Cal Grant

Cal Grant is a program of the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). Award amounts are determined annually by the passing of a final State of California budget; all Cal Grant awards listed on an offer letter are to be considered estimated until the final budget is passed into law by the California legislature. If the amount on the offer letter is different than the amount approved by the legislature, financial aid staff will be required to re-award the student, including the state- approved amount.

CSAC notifies new Cal Grant recipients whether they have been awarded an entitlement or a competitive Cal Grant. A student can only receive one type of Cal Grant; at FPU a student may receive a Cal Grant A or a Cal Grant B, but not both. These awards by CSAC are based on the student’s first submitted FAFSA or California Dream Act Application, as applicable. If a student changes FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application information, or the student is selected for verification and submits required paperwork to FPU that requires changes to their application, Cal Grant eligibility may be lost if a student no longer meets the eligibility requirements set forth by CSAC.

Cal Grant A

This state-sponsored program helps students who have financial need with tuition expenses (the tuition amount does not cover the cost of tuition at FPU). Award amounts and recipients are selected by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) on the basis of need and academic ability. Undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Act Application, as applicable, and have their GPA verification sent to CSAC by March 2. There is a secondary deadline of September 2 for students enrolled in community college in the fall semester, planning to transfer to FPU for the spring semester.

Cal Grant B

Similar to Cal Grant A, this program is intended for students who demonstrate significant financial need. During the first year of the award, Cal Grant B provides an access/stipend amount. The stipend will automatically be applied to the recipient’s student account to assist in offsetting direct expenses. If the student prefers, the entire access/stipend may be given directly to the student by contacting the Student Financial Services Office. The student has the ability to rescind his/her existing instructions at any time. During the second and subsequent years, Cal Grant B includes the access/stipend amount and a tuition amount (the tuition amount does not cover the cost of tuition at FPU).

Undergraduate students with a GPA of 2.0 or higher are encouraged to apply. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Act Application, as applicable, and have their GPA verification sent to CSAC by March 2. There is a secondary deadline of September 2 for students enrolled in community college in the fall semester, planning to transfer to FPU for the spring semester.

Application Process for New Cal Grants

Students must have submitted a 2016-2017 FAFSA (fafsa.gov) or CA Dream Act Application by March 2, 2016, and a verified grade-point average (GPA) to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) by the same date. High school seniors must request that their high school provide this information to CSAC. High school students who participated in a home school program or who attended an unaccredited high school should follow instructions on the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form available at csac.ca.gov/. Current FPU students who are California residents and who have completed 24 or more degree applicable college units will have their GPA automatically submitted to CSAC during the last week of February for Cal Grant consideration for the next academic year.

Renewal Cal Grants

Effective March 2011, all Cal Grant recipients must meet income and asset ceilings and family size limits established annually by CSAC in order to have their Cal Grant renewed. Renewal Cal Grant recipients must maintain at least $100 of need based on the information provided on the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application, as applicable, for each subsequent academic year. Eligible students may renew a Cal Grant award for up to four academic years. Submission of a verified GPA is not required to renew a Cal Grant.

Cal Grant TCP

Students who received a Cal Grant A or Cal Grant B while completing their undergraduate degree may be eligible for one year of full-time Cal Grant Teaching Credential Program benefits while pursuing their preliminary teaching credential.

Chafee Grant

The California Chafee Grant program gives money to current or former foster youth who meet certain requirements set forth by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). The grant is a federally funded program and is subject to the availability of federal funds each year.

Child Development Grant

The Child Development Grant is a need-based grant designed to encourage students to enter the field of childcare and development in a licensed children’s center. Students must sign a Service Commitment Agreement stating that they will provide one year of full-time service in a licensed children’s center for each year they receive the grant.

Federal Grants

Pell Grant

Pell Grant is a federal program intended to assist undergraduate students demonstrating significant financial need to gain access to higher education. Awards are based on financial need and may be used only for a course of study that culminates in a first undergraduate degree. Pell Grant determination is based on eligibility as determined by the FAFSA. Complete the FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

SEOG is a federally sponsored program also designed to assist students pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Awards are based on financial need and availability. This program is administered through the Student Financial Services Office. Funds are limited and awarded until exhausted.

Loans

A loan is a type of financial aid that must be repaid. Loan funds are intended to assist a student in educational expenses only. A student should consider their future loan debt and ability to repay before they commit to borrowing. For each loan program described below entrance counseling, a time when students must read about loan debt and future possible implications, must be completed.

Direct Student Loan

Subsidized and unsubsidized loans are available to undergraduate students. The loan is obtained from the Department of Education, working in cooperation with the Student Financial Services Office. Additional unsubsidized loans are available to independent undergraduate and dependent undergraduate students whose parents are unable to qualify for a PLUS loan. An origination fee and guarantee fee may be deducted from the student’s loan disbursement by the lender in order to help defray the costs of the program. These are mandated by federal regulations and thus processing times may be influenced by changes initiated by the U.S. Department of Education. Please check with Student Financial Services for loan limits.

Students returning to work on a second undergraduate degree will be able to apply for federal student loans. There is an aggregate loan limit for undergraduate studies. This limit is not extended for students returning for a second undergraduate degree.

The Direct loan is typically more advantageous to the student than a private/alternative loan. It is recommended that students complete a FAFSA to be considered for direct loans before pursuing this type of loan. Various loan cancellation options through a variety of organizations are available for borrowers who enter certain occupations.

PLUS Loans

PLUS loans are available to parents of dependent undergraduate students and graduate students. Parents may borrow up to the cost of education minus financial aid per academic year. This program is not based on financial need; however, all borrowers must meet credit analysis standards set by the lending institution. These loans are subject to origination fees by the lender. Repayment begins 60 days following the full disbursement of the loan. The borrower is generally allowed up to 10 years to repay the loan with a minimum $600 annual repayment. It is recommended that students complete a FAFSA to be considered for Direct Student Loans before pursuing this type of loan.

Alternative/Private Loans

In addition to Direct Student Loans and PLUS loans other credit-based education loans are available to assist students with the cost of education. Contact the Student Financial Services Office for more information. It is recommended that students complete a FAFSA to be considered for the Stafford loans before pursuing this type of loan.

Joylene Boren Loan Program

A low-interest loan is available through Fresno Pacific University to graduate students who are pursuing a master of arts in education with an emphasis in reading/language arts and who show financial need and high academic ability. A separate application is required. Applicants must be recommended by reading faculty and program chairperson.

Other Aid Programs

Federal Direct Loan Forgiveness Program for Future Teachers

Students who teach full-time for five consecutive years in a designated low-income school may apply for loan forgiveness. For eligibility requirements and more information, contact the Department of Education at 800-433-3243 or studentaid.ed.gov or your student loan lender.

Veterans Benefits

Fresno Pacific University is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) for the education of veterans, active duty personnel, reservists and eligible dependents under current law and has been approved in the Yellow Ribbon program. Benefit programs for veterans include: Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill), Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation), Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve or MGIB- SR), Chapter 33 (Post 9-11 GI Bill), Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance or REAP), Chapter 33 (Survivors and Dependents Assistance) and Tuition Assistance (TA). The Registrar’s Office is the point of contact for students receiving benefits from the DVA. The office has a certification specialist, School Certifying Official, to assist in providing information about entitlements, filing claims to the DVA and certifying enrollment. This specialist monitors the academic progress of students receiving DVA educational benefits. Students who receive DVA benefits are subject to different academic regulations and should be aware that auditing courses, enrollment status, withdrawals, repeating courses, changing degree programs, adding majors and minors and other actions may affect eligibility for educational benefits.

Employment

Federal Work Study (FWS)

Federal work study is a federally sponsored employment program that enables students to gain employment experience while earning a portion of their financial aid. The Career Services Center and Personnel Office are responsible for coordinating on-campus jobs. Students may work no more than 20 hours per week during regular school sessions and no more than 40 hours per week during vacation periods. Federal work study funds are available only to students who demonstrate financial need. Note that a work study award is not a guarantee of employment. Every effort will be made to place all awarded students. Scheduling conflicts and other problems may, however, make employment an impractical alternative. In this event students may be able to replace a work study award with loan funds.

Institutional Work Study (IWS)

Institutional work study is similar to FWS but is funded totally by Fresno Pacific University. Opportunity is given to students who are unable to qualify for FWS and/or off-campus employment. Students may apply for open positions through the Career Services Center.