State, Local & Institutional Aid

State Aid

California State Aid Commission (CSAC) - Since its creation by the Legislature, in 1955, the Commission has continued to operate as the principal state agency responsible for administering financial aid programs for students attending public and private universities, colleges, and vocational schools in California. The Commission has never wavered from its central mission to make education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians. The Commission provides financial aid policy analysis and leadership, in partnership with California's colleges, universities, financial institutions, and financial aid associations The application deadline is March 2 for the following academic year. Most CSAC programss require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Cal Grant - The Cal Grant is a state grant administered by CSAC and is awarded to eligible undergraduate California residents based on need, student GPA, and allowable funding.  For more information on this program and to check your eligiblity, visit the CSAC website

California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth - The Chaffee Grant is  a federal and state funded grant to assist eligible students who have been or are in foster care. For additional information, click here

California Dream Act Application - This application allows eligible AB540 students to apply for California state aid. For more information and eligibiity requirements, click here.

Institutional Aid

FPU Church Match Scholarship - The FPU Church Match Scholarship offers students' churches the chance to get involved in their education. FPU will match 2:1 the amount provided by your church up to $500 per semester for churches belonging to the Pacific District of Mennonite Brethren Churches. FPU will match 1:1 up to $250 per semester for churches not belonging to the Pacific District. Click here to learn more.

FPU Private Scholarships - This set of scholarships are generously provided by alumni, parents, friends, businesses and foundations. Click here to learn more and complete your application.

Traditional Undergraduate Scholarships

ScholarshipRequirementsAward Amounts
Paragon Scholarship3.75 GPA, 1300 SAT or 29 ACT, leader in extracurricular, church and community activities. Two awards given. Student must live on campus for a minimum of two years, participate in President's Leadership course and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.Full tuition
President's Scholarship3.6 GPA, 1100 SAT or 24 ACT, Christian commitment, academic excellence and leadership potential. New applicants must be incoming freshmen and agree to live on campus for a minimum of two years. Separate application and letter of recommendation are required. Student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA  and participate in President's Leadership course.$11,000
Transfer Scholar Award3.5 GPA, new applicants must be incoming transfers with 12 transferable college units. Student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and enroll in special coursework.$8,500
Dean's ScholarshipDemonstrated high academic achievement and outstanding effort. New applicants must be incoming freshmen. See the freshman academic scholarship chartfor eligibility. Student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA$8,500
Transfer Achievement Award3.0 college GPA, new applicants must be incoming transfers. Student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.$5,500
Faculty ScholarshipNew applicants must be incoming freshmen. See the freshman academic scholarship chart for eligibility. Student must maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA$5,500
Transfer Academic Award2.4 college GPA, new applicants must be incoming transfers. Student must maintain satisfactory academic progress.$3,000
Founder's AwardNew applicants must be incoming freshmen. See the freshman academic scholarship chart for eligibility. Student must maintain satisfactory academic progress.$3,000
Music Scholarship2.0 GPA, audition. Must agree to continued participation in music at Fresno Pacific University.Amounts vary
Drama Scholarship2.0 GPA, audition. Must agree to continued participation in drama at Fresno Pacific University.Amounts vary
Faculty Scholarship3.3 GPA upon entering FPU for incoming freshmen. 3.0 GPA for incoming transfer students.$5,500
Athletics ScholarshipMen's and women's basketball, men's and women's track and cross country, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's baseball, women's volleyball and men's and women's water polo. Minimum 2.0 GPA, tryout with coach and continued participation in intercollegiate athletics.Amounts vary
Church Match ScholarshipFPU will match 2:1 the amount provided by your church up to $500/semester for churches belonging to the Pacific District of Mennonite Brethren Churches. FPU will match 1:1 up to $250/semester for churches not belonging to the Pacific District. Click here for more information on the Church Match Scholarship policy.Amounts vary

Graduate Grants

Graduate Grant - This Graduate Grant is for School of Business,School of  Humanities, Religion & Social Sciences as well as  School of Natural Sciences graduate students. Click here to start your application.

School of Education Graduate Grant - This SOE Graduate Grant is specifically for students pursuing their graduate degree within the School of Education. Click here to begin your application

Scholarship Resources

Fastweb: the largest free scholarship search on the Web. Be sure to check FastWeb often for new scholarships that you may qualify to receive. 

Hispanic College Fund Scholarships: the Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Latino students, as well as related support services. HSF has awarded over $470 million in scholarships and provides a range of ancillary programs for candidates, scholars, and their families.

My College Scholarship: This site offers information on the search for scholarships, websites to search, and renewal information. 

Scholarships for non-U.S. citizens: this list provides scholarship information for students regardless of Immigration Status

Scholarship Guide: this guide gives great information from starting the scholarship hunt to writing scholarship letters. 

Scholarship Scams: look to this resource to avoid any scams in your scholarship search. 

School Soup: this is another great scholarship search engine.