Graduate Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
    
    Aug 15, 2022  
Graduate Academic Catalog 2022-2023

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.

Tuition and Fees

Graduate Programs

Tuition Cost Per Unit
Graduate (700/600 level) $705
MBA $757
MBA Field Placement Fee (International and Regiional trip semesters) $1,500 (per trip)
MSN/LEAD $720
NURS 790/760 Supply fee $319 (one-time fee)
Kinesiology MA $570
Audit (700 level) $240
Continuous Registration for project/thesis  1 unit/semester
Participation (700 level, by approval only) $345
Teacher Education (600 level) $705

University Service Fees

Graduate Admission Application (Non-Seminary) $45
Graduate Online Application fee $45
Degree application for graduation (on time) $100
Degree application for graduation (late application) $150
Graduate Student Services Fee per semester (Non-Seminary) $60
Enrichment fee $50
Transcripts (per copy, regular service) $13
Late Registration Fees (for full policy, see the Registration section) $50-100 per course
Academic Petition Fee $50 per item
Late payment $50
Returned check $25
Course material fees $10-$100
SBU Assessment Fee (Inbound or Outbound) $40 per course
Write & Cite Fee $44 per course
Preliminary credential Recommendation $75
Clear credential recommendation $75
Subject add on $50
Credential processing fee $30
Credential review fee $495
Challenge fee $875
CTC Contact Program Director
Extension $50
Outside region: extension $100
Appeal $100
Outside region: appeal $150
Parking permit, per year $80

Seminary Programs

Tuition Cost Per Units
Master of Divinity courses $495
Master of Arts courses, except MFT $495
Marriage and Family Therapy courses $550
Cross Cultural Encounter, normal registration or audit $495
Cross Cultural Counseling, normal registration or audit $550
Audit $110
Lectureships $100

Tuition Discounts

Type Of Student Discount
Full-time FPU seminary student Course audits are free except Cross Cultural Encounter/Counseling
Spouse of a full-time seminary student if not receiving tuition discounts Course audits are free except cross cultural Encounter/Counseling
FPU seminary graduates and FPU seminary seniors 50% Lectureship discount
FPU seminary graduates One free audit course per semester, (max. 2/year)
Adult age 62 and over One free audit course per semester, (max. 2/year)

Seminary Fees

Fee Cost
Admissions Application $90
Student Services Fee $165
Incomplete Grade $75
Residency Fee (MAMLC Students Only) Variable, see Program Advisor for final cost
MIN-750D and COUN-750D San Francisco courses $250  Nonrefundable

 

Parking Permits

To obtain a parking permit for the main campus, vehicles must be registered with the Campus Safety & Security Office. Permits and vehicle registration forms are available online; consult Campus Safety for the process. Permits cannot be charged to a student's account; permits must be paid in full at the time of purchase.

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 graduate student needs to take an undergraduate course in order to fulfill units required for their degree, they will be billed as a Graduate student.  Please note that this does NOT include prerequisites required for admission into any program.  Costs for prerequisite courses will be billed in accordance with those individual courses.  

Payment Of Account

Online Payment Center

Students can view their student account information at any time by logging into Online Payment Center via my.fpu.edu.The Online Payment Center provides a real-time picture of the student account balance. All of the transactions on the student account, including registration and other charges, estimated financial aid and payments are available for viewing. Students can schedule and make payments to their account as well as sign-up for a Monthly Payment Plan and e-refunds. Students can also authorize others to view and make payments on their student account. 

Means of Payment

  1. Financial Aid

Students who have a current and fully processed financial aid application on file can use their financial aid (grants, scholarships and/or student loans) to pay their student account balance, subject to any Federal and State limitations. If the student's estimated financial aid will pay for the entire student account balance due, then there is no need to make any other payment; the account will be paid automatically when financial aid is disbursed. See the Financial Aid section below for more information. 

  1. 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. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all required information for payment by the outside provider is given to SFS. Failure to provide the necessary information may result in funding delays and the placement of a student account hold.

  1. 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 Plans

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 through the online payment center. Contact Student Financial Services 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. If the semester balance is not up-to-date or the student has not made appropriate payment arrangements with their Student Financial Services Advisor, the student will be de-registered from any courses that have not started. 

Students and authorized users will receive monthly account notifications 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.

Please note that if the balance is not up-to-date with payments at any point, any preregistered classes for the next semester will be dropped.

Plan Details for Graduate and Seminary 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:

  • Summer: June 1, June 15, July 1, July 15
  • Fall: September 1, October 1, November 1, December 1
  • Spring: February 1, March 1, April 1, May 1

Additional Requirements

  • The student's account must remain in good standing.
  • Payments must be made in full, due on the first (1st) of each scheduled month and considered late when received after the third (3rd). $50 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 (additional units, etc.).

How to Set Up a Payment Plan

You can set up your payment plan by:

  • Enroll online through the Online Payment Center by going to my.fpu.edu.The site is easy to navigate and accessible anytime.
  • Contacting the Student Financial Services Office during regular office hours.They will 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 through the Online Payment Center in My FPU. Payments can also be mailed to the main campus in Fresno or paid at the Cashier's Window. The university does not recommend mailing cash payments. Credit and debit card payments are only accepted online through the Online Payment Center and will incur a 2.85% service fee with a minimum $3 charge.

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 up-to-date or the student has not made appropriate payment arrangements with Student Financial Services Advisor, the student will be de-registered from any courses that have not started. 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:
  • Registration for future courses.
  • Participation in commencement ceremonies.
  • Receipt of diploma.
  1. 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.
  2. Assumption of collection costs/fees as well as the principal balance if the account is sent to a collection agency.
  3. Financial loss to the university due to the discharge of a current or former student's unpaid debts by bankruptcy will result in the placement of a student account hold and denial of admission, reinstatement or access to university services including registration and the issuance of diplomas. A bankruptcy hold may be removed by making voluntary account payments to the university equal to the full amount discharged in bankruptcy.

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 Policy

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.

Fresno Pacific University's basic refund policy is:

  • 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 course and after: No refund

Short-term courses may have a different refund schedule. Consult the appropriate refund schedule in the Course Drops section on the Academic Policies page.

Course weeks run Monday-Sunday. Independent and directed studies start on the first calendar day of the session, whether or not any meetings have taken place. 

In addition to the institutional refund policy, students who withdraw or cease attendance and receive Title IV Federal Financial Aid are subject to the Return of Title IV Funds Policy (see the SFS website) which may result in a return of federal grant and loan funds. Students receiving VA benefits may also be subject to a return of funds if they withdraw or do not complete all of the courses in which they enroll. The return of funds may result in the student having a balance due to the university which if unpaid will result in a student account hold and collections activity.

Dismissal/Suspension

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

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 My FPU. The funds may be kept in the student's account to be applied to other expected expenses upon request by the student. The first FACD for each term takes place during the third week with subsequent disbursements made biweekly.

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.

Return Check/Electronic Payment Policy

A $25 fee is applied to a student's account if a student's check/payment is returned for any reason including improper bank routing or account information. 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 may be made by filing an official petition online 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 via email once a decision has been made.

Financial Aid

General Information

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 graduate degree program, or non-degree program approved to receive Title IV financial aid assistance, 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 on 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 and will not be considered for need-based Donor Scholarships. For students who waive the FAFSA or refuse any offered state and federal aid, FPU institutional aid may be reduced or denied.

  1. 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

Graduate students have priority deadlines for each term: July 15 for the fall, November 15 for the spring and March 15 for the summer. 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.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

A new FAFSA form 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. Note: The financial aid year is composed of the Summer, Fall and Spring terms with aid eligibility for the year starting in the Summer term. 

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 2-3
Loan processing 3-4

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 the 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. Students may not receive aid greater than their Cost of Attendance as determined by Student Financial Services. When need-based funds are a component of the student's financial aid award package, care must be taken to ensure that the total aid awarded does not exceed each student's financial 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. Some institutional scholarships are stackable, that is, they are in addition to other scholarships already awarded, whereas, other scholarships may replace existing scholarships. With limited exceptions, institutional scholarships may not exceed the cost of tuition. Unless specifically designated otherwise, all institutional scholarship and grant aid shall be considered to be tuition assistance.

Enrollment Requirements and Changes

All financial aid is awarded based upon full-time enrollment and attendance. Full-time is 9 units per semester for Graduate and Seminary students and 12 units per semester for Credential students. Students enrolled less than full-time will have their financial aid adjusted and potentially canceled depending upon the type of aid awarded and the student's enrollment status. Additionally, students who drop below the minimum enrollment requirements will have their aid adjusted according to federal, state and institutional policies. Federal Direct Student Loans require students to be enrolled at least half-time (Grad and Seminary 5 units; Credential 6 units). Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants, TEACH Grants, Cal Grants, and Work Study jobs all require the student to be enrolled at least quarter-time (3 units). Fresno Pacific University and Seminary Academic, Merit and Need-based Scholarships, Grants and Donor Scholarships require students to be enrolled at least half-time to receive their funds. Students are strongly encouraged to contact their Student Financial Advisor to determine the effect an enrollment change may make to their financial aid, student account balance and payment plan.

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 Sunbird Central 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 and term grade point average required for their program.

Standard 2: The Pace Standard

Satisfactorily complete at least 66.67 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.

Standard 1: The GPA Standard

Standard 1 is a qualitative measure of progress as measured by the student's cumulative and term 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 Sunbird Central. 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

2.00

Seminary

2.50

Graduate/Credential 

3.00

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 (IP) courses

Step 2

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

Pace Formula: Total Credits Earned (Completed) / Total Credits Attempted

Total Credits Earned = all coursework where credit is earned with a grade of CR, A and B (including plusses and minuses). C also counts for some seminary courses. Transfer credits that have been officially accepted to complete program requirements.

Total Credits Attempted = total credits earned/completed plus all coursework with a grade of W, C, F, I, NR, NC and transfer credits that have been officially accepted to complete program requirements.

To meet Standard 2, students must satisfactorily complete at least 66.67 percent of all cumulative and term credits attempted as calculated above.

Standard 3: The Maximum Time Frame

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

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 to 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.

To meet Standard 3, students must have attempted less than 150 percent of units required for their 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).

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 fully meeting the SAP standards will be considered in good standing for SAP again.

Disqualified Status

Students who are on warning status and who fail a SAP standard at the end of their next enrolled term are disqualified and are immediately ineligible for financial assistance. A student may appeal his/her financial disqualification (see Appeal Guidelines below).

Probation Status

A student whose appeal is approved will be placed on SAP probation and be required to submit an academic plan approved by their advisor. Upon receipt of the approved academic plan, the student may receive aid for one additional semester. The student's status must be reviewed at the end of the semester. At the end of the next enrolled term, students on probation must meet all three standards to be eligible for continued assistance and be in good standing for registration. Students who fail to meet the three standards, but meet all the terms of their academic plan each semester, may continue on probation for the length of their academic contract. Students who fail to fully satisfy their academic plan will be disqualified and become ineligible for financial aid and registration.

Impact on the Disbursement of Financial Aid

Financial aid regulations do not allow for the disbursement of any financial assistance 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 ineligible student's account to prevent the disbursement of future financial aid. This includes:

  1. Students who are on probation.
  2. Students who are being monitored based on an approved academic plan.
  3. 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 unless 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

You will need to submit a SAP appeal with the required documentation for your appeal to be considered. Incomplete appeals or those lacking sufficient documentation may be referred back to the student for completion or be rejected by the appeal committee. It is also important that you meet with your academic advisor prior to submitting your appeal. You will be required to have an academic plan approved by your advisor for your appeal to be considered. In any case, it is good practice to check in frequently with your academic advisor to be sure you are on track to graduate.

If your GPA/PACE appeal is approved, you will be placed on probation status and be required to meet the terms of your academic plan. If you fail the SAP standards after the next term but meet the terms of your academic plan, you will remain on probation status and be eligible for financial aid. However, if you fail the SAP standards and do not follow the conditions of your academic plan, you will be disqualified and lose your financial aid eligibility.

For a Maximum Timeframe Appeal we will need to know the total number of remaining credits you must take to achieve your degree, certificate or credential, and those courses must be included in an Academic Plan from your advisor as part of your appeal. If additional credits are granted, you will be ineligible for financial aid once those credits have been attempted, regardless of the grade earned. Appealing more than once for additional credits requires extenuating circumstances and a great deal of documentation for consideration.

Students Seeking University Readmission and Aid Reinstatement After Disqualification Due to Failing SAP

Students who have not completed additional coursework outside of Fresno Pacific University after disqualification (GRAD, CRED, Seminary).

  1. The applicant may appeal for reinstatement based upon the standards of illness, death in the family, or mitigating circumstances outside of the student's control.
  2. The applicant will complete the SAP Appeal Form and provide appropriate documentation as required by the circumstance.
  3. The SAP Committee will decide the appeal based upon the regulatory standards.
  4. If the appeal is granted and the applicant is readmitted, they will be placed on a Probationary SAP status. The student will be required to have an academic plan and must successfully meet all conditions of the academic plan as well as the SAP standards for their next enrolled term.
  5. Students who fail to meet the SAP standards based upon their progress during their first reinstated term will be disqualified and ineligible to receive further financial aid.

Students who have enrolled and completed additional coursework after disqualification ( GRAD, CRED, Seminary).

  1. Applicants may appeal for reinstatement based upon demonstrated successful completion of courses from a qualified institution.
  2. Applicants must show success in a minimum of
    1. 3 graduate-level units (non-seminary)
    2. 3 seminary units
    3. 3 credential units  
  3. Success is defined as meeting the FPU SAP standards (GPA, Pace) based upon the program for which the applicant is applying for readmission.
  4. Applicants who meet the FPU SAP standards in their outside coursework will automatically be placed on a Probationary status upon readmission. The student will be required to have an academic plan and must successfully meet all conditions of the academic plan as well as the SAP standards for their next enrolled term.
  5. Students who fail to meet the SAP standards based upon their progress during their first reinstated term will be disqualified and ineligible to receive further financial aid.

Note: The Admissions Office determines whether a student may be admitted. Approval for reinstatement of financial aid eligibility does not guarantee admission.

Chafee Grant Recipients

Recipients of the State of California Chafee Grant are subject to additional rules regarding the receipt of funds when not meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. Disqualified students remain eligible for their Chafee Grant funds, however, because disqualification leads to disenrollment from the university, students will not meet the Chafee Grant enrollment requirement and are unable to receive Chafee Grant funds. Readmitted students on probation status who meet all of the Chafee Grant eligibility requirements will continue to receive their Chafee Grant.

Fresno Pacific University Scholarships and Grants

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.)

Teacher Education Grant

Academic ability and admission to classified standing in the teacher education program. Additional application required by deadline: July 15 for the fall, November 15 for spring and March 15 for summer.

Teacher Education Distinguished Leadership Scholarship

High academic ability, evidence of potential for leadership in the field of education and admitted to classified standing in the teacher education program. Additional application required by the deadline: July 15 for fall, November 15 for spring and March 15 for summer.

Graduate Grant

Admission to classified standing in a graduate credential, certificate or master's degree program; financial need; dedication and commitment to academic work. Additional application required by deadline: July 15 for the fall, November 15 for spring and March 15 for summer. Some graduate programs only award in fall and spring. Check with your program director regarding their application process and deadlines. Applications are submitted to the specific school.

Church Match Scholarship

Fresno Pacific University will match gifts from a student's church up to $250 per semester, not to exceed $750 for the year. Gifts from the Pacific District Mennonite Brethren Churches are matched two to one. Matches may be prorated based on enrollment status (full-time, part-time, etc.).  The current Church Match Scholarship policy is available in the Institutional Aid section of the Student Financial Services website. 

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 both to FPU and the students we serve. Applications can be found on scholarships.fresno.edu. Deadlines vary by student population type. 

Public Grants

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.

Loans

A loan is a type of financial aid that must be repaid. Loan funds are intended to assist a student in paying 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. An Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement must also be completed for each academic in which a student decides to borrow a federal student loan before funds can be disbursed.

Direct Student Loans

Unsubsidized loans are available to graduate students. The loan is obtained from the Department of Education, working in cooperation with the Student Financial Services Office. 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. The Direct loan is typically more advantageous to the student than a private/alternative loan. A FAFSA is required to be submitted in order to be considered for this type of loan. Various loan cancellation and forgiveness options through a variety of organizations are available for borrowers who enter certain occupations. A variety of affordable repayment options are also available to borrowers.

Grad PLUS Loans

Graduate students 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 U.S. Department of Education. These loans are subject to origination fees by the lender. Repayment of loans may be deferred until six months after graduation or dropping below half-time status. The borrower is generally allowed up to 10 years to repay the loan with a minimum $600 annual repayment. A FAFSA is required to be submitted in order to be considered for this type of loan. Note: Students in credential programs are not eligible for Grad PLUS loans.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants for students who are completing coursework needed to begin a career in teaching at Fresno Pacific (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education), and who agree to serve for at least four years as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school serving low-income students. TEACH Grant recipients who do not meet the teaching requirements will have their TEACH Grants converted into a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. An additional application and enrollment in certain majors are required, please see the SFS website for more information and application. 

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 Federal Direct Loans before pursuing this type of loan.

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 U.S. 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 graduate and seminary 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.