Frequently Asked Questions

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Why did I receive the TGS invitation?  

Good question! You received the invitation because based on your CSUF application, you qualified to meet the criteria of this program! 

How did I qualify?

You were selected for this program because you met all or a combination of the following; you are the first one in your family to attend and/or graduate college, financial aid eligibility, and you currently are not a part of any other scholar program on campus. We also believe in your academic promise, that is - your ability to succeed as a Titan and as a scholar!

I am not sure I can meet the time commitments.

We made these requirements the least inconvenient as possible. Please know, we will work with you to ensure you are able to meet the requirements according to your schedule, other commitments and that are coordinated with your interests and other college programs and events. We are committed to your success in this program!


Can I change my mind? 

Yes, every semester you will have the opportunity to recommit to the program. You will not have to pay back any of the money uploaded to your Titan Card but you will have to return the laptop if you change your mind before you have completed two years in the program. 


What's the catch?

There is no catch other than committing to do your best to meet the program requirements. We are here to be your point of contact for anything you may need during each academic semester. One example of how we can support you is, regarding your grades, we will check in with you to see if there is any way we can help by connecting you to tutoring services, study-groups, study-skills workshop, and other support services. 


What are "TGS-approved programs"?

TGS-approved programs are existing campus programs and events that align with your academic and personal interests such as career workshops, college specific events, resource center programs, and leadership opportunities... to name a few. We can help you explore the right opportunities for you. These workshops last from 30 minutes to a couple of hours and are held at various times throughout week and days during the semester. We just ask that one of the events be a workshop from the career center.


Other than the meetings, what other commitments come with this program?

  • Sign a TGS Agreement
  • Sign an IT contract for the laptop
  • Enroll in 30 units over the course of each academic year (across fall, winter, spring, and summer sessions)
  • Scholars must maintain at 2.5 GPA; if you are at risk of falling below this average, we will support you however we can to ensure your GPA is maintained

In the meetings with the TGS team and advisors, what would the advisor and I be discussing?

Throughout your academic career you potentially will meet with several different advisors – a GE advisor, a Major advisor, a retention/graduation specialist, financial aid advisor, etc. TGS are required to meet with a GE advisor and/or Major advisor and the Assistant Dean or Specialist for TGS. Here you will discuss:

  • Your academic goals
  • Your career goals
  • Any questions you might have about college
  • Academic success strategies
  • Resources you might need
  • Opportunities for engagement in activities, leadership opportunities, internships, student employment, other scholarships, etc.
  • Anything, you would like your advisor to know how to help you be successful

If I agree to part of this scholars program and don’t end up meeting the requirements, will I be removed from the program only or also from attending the school?

If you do not meet the requirements of the program you may no longer be qualified to participate in the program, but it will not disqualify you from attending CSUF. Disqualification from the university has its own set of policies. However, it is important for you to know that we understand all the ways “life happens” during your education and we will work with you each step of the way. Ultimately, the program is intended to support your academic success and be a resource to ensure you stay on track to graduation.


How will I know where to sign the TGS Agreement and when/how will I pick up my laptop?

Scholars are able to visit the Student Genius Center (SGC) in the Pollak Library to sign their TGS Agreement and IT agreement at any open hours of the SGC.