Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the bachelor’s degree completion program?
- A: The degree completion programs focus on the working adult. Classes are offered one night a week, and programs can be completed in 13-18 months.
Q: Is Fresno Pacific University accredited?
- A: FPU has been accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 1965.
Q: I work full time and have a family. Will I have enough time to complete my degree?
- A: FPU has specifically designed degree completion programs to fit the lifestyle of working adults. We know how important getting your degree is, but we also know how important your other commitments are. That’s why our courses meet one night per week—so you can be a student and still fulfill your other commitments.
Q: What are the minimum requirements to start a degree completion program?
- A: 60 transferable units and a 2.4 GPA. See program fact sheets for specific requirements.
Q: I have fewer than 60 transferable units toward the upcoming semester start for degree completion. Does this mean I can’t take any classes with FPU until I have 60 or more units?
- A: No, you need 60 transferable units to start the degree completion program of your choice. You can enroll in general education or elective (short-term) courses with FPU at any time.
Q: What are the start dates for the degree completion programs?
- A: The programs start in spring (February/March) and fall (August/September). General education or elective courses start every six weeks, online or one night a week.
Q: Do I need an associate degree (AA) before I can transfer or start my degree completion program?
- A: No, you do not need an associate degree to enroll with FPU.
Q: Is there a limit on transfer credits from a community college?
- A: Yes, FPU will accept a maximum 70 eligible units toward the completion of your degree from a community college.
Q: Is financial aid available?
- A: All students who are eligible and demonstrate financial need can receive financial aid. Currently, 95 percent of undergraduate students at FPU receive financial aid through a variety of scholarships, grants and loans. Each student’s financial aid award package is unique and is based on factors such as need and grade-point average (GPA). Contact your financial aid counselor for more information.
Q: How do I apply for financial aid?
- A: Visit www.fafsa.gov. FPU code: 001253.
Q: When and where will I attend classes?
- A: Courses can be completed at our local regional centers in North Fresno, Visalia and Bakersfield. Degree completion programs meet only one night per week for the entire length of the program. There are two weekend classes within the program.
Q: What is my next step?
- A: Contact your local center location to speak to a representative or sign up for an information meeting.