Some 20,000 students are enrolled for Fresno State's spring semester that began Thursday.
The enrollment total is slightly lower than last year's record high, university officials said. That's because the California State University system instituted an enrollment freeze last year for the spring semester to accommodate budget cuts.
The approximately 20,000 enrolled, however, represents "very strong retention rates for continuing students," said Bernard Vinovrski, associate vice president for Enrollment Services.
Official enrollment numbers will be released in a few weeks.
Vinovrski said a record $80 million in financial aid has been disbursed this spring to approximately 15,000 students.