FINANCIAL AID

Apply

Follow the basic steps below to apply for financial aid. For more detail, visit the Financial Aid Process section.

How to Apply

Completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)

Filling out your income tax information on the FAFSA just became much easier. The Department of Education has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service to create the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

Keep in mind the following important information.

  • File your federal tax return as early as possible.
  • About three weeks after you electronically file your tax return, you’ll be able to retrieve your income information and automatically fill a portion of your FAFSA application. If you mail your tax return, the processing time will be approximately eight weeks.
  • You (and your parents, when applicable) will be asked when and how you filed a tax return to determine if the tax information submitted should be transferred from the IRS to the FAFSA.
  • If you fill out your FAFSA before filing your tax return, you can use estimated information and log on later to update your application. Once your tax return has been processed, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to accurately update your FAFSA. Be sure to submit the FAFSA by March 2; do not miss the deadline to wait for final information on a filed tax return.
  • Students who choose not to use or are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool may be required to submit copies of their, their spouses’ or their parents’ federal income transcript. You will be notified via email if you are selected for verification during the academic school year and asked to submit tax transcripts.
  • If you make changes to the information retrieved from the IRS database, your application may be flagged for verification.

Submit your FAFSA

Fill out the FAFSA online or mail a hard copy. Submitting an application online is convenient since the system saves your information for the following year.

If you need help filling out the form, check out the video tutorial, "7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA."

If you prefer to mail a hard copy, you can request a paper FAFSA by calling 800-433-3243. You can also download a PDF version of the FAFSA.

If you previously filed a FAFSA online, you may file a FAFSA Renewal with your FSA ID.  If you have problems with your FSA ID, please review the FSA ID tab on this page. Please note that the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department does not provide Form 1098-T. Contact Student Finance for more information.

Check your status

If you file electronically, check the FAFSA online three to five days after submission. If you mailed your form, wait 7 to 10 days to check the status of your application.

After FAFSA validates your information, CSUN will electronically receive your financial aid application. You may then check your financial aid status on the myNorthridge Portal or by calling 1-(818) 677-4085 to speak with a financial aid representative.

Receive funds

Newly admitted students begin receiving their financial notifications in late April. Continuing students begin receiving their financial awards in late June.

Check your Northridge email for an award notification. Awards are visible on the myNorthridge Portal.

FSA ID

What is an FSA ID?

Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.

An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at fafsa.gov.  Learn more about the FSA ID.

How do I get an FSA ID?

You can create an FSA ID when logging into certain ED websites, including this one. Create an FSA ID now.

The FSA ID process consists of three main steps:

1. Enter your log-in information.

  • Provide your e-mail address, a unique username, and password, and verify that you are at least 13 years old.

2. Enter your personal information.

  • Provide your Social Security number, name, and date of birth.
  • Include your mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and language preference.
  • For security purposes, provide answers to five challenge questions.

3. Submit your FSA ID information.

  • Agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Verify your e-mail address. (This is optional, but helpful. By verifying your e-mail address, you can use your e-mail address as your username when logging into certain ED websites. This verification also allows you to retrieve your username or reset your password without answering challenge questions.)

Where do I use my FSA ID?

Use your FSA ID for the FAFSA, whether you are applying for the first time, renewing your application or making a correction to a form you already submitted.

You can also use your FSA ID as an online signature for your Master Promissory Note and to access the National Student Loan Database System, Direct Consolidation Loans, Direct Loan Program and Direct Loan Servicing.

California Dream Act Application

California Dream Act

The California Dream Act of 2011 became law through the passage of Assembly Bills 130 and 131. AB 130 and AB 131 allow AB 540 students to apply for state and institutional grants, and privately funded scholarships.

How to Apply

To apply for the state grant programs available under AB 131, you need to complete the California Dream Act application. The application will collect basic personal and income information to determine eligibility for funding. To be eligible for priority consideration, the application should be completed every year between Jan. 1 and March 2.

Students who received a Social Security number and qualify for AB 540, including those who qualify through the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA), should complete the California Dream Act application in order to be considered for state financial aid, since those students are not eligible for federal student aid.

Check your status

After the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) validates your information, CSUN will electronically receive your application. You may check your financial aid status on the myNorthridge Portal or by calling 1-(818)-677-4085 to speak with a financial aid representative. Please note that CSUN will not begin processing aid applications until mid-April.

Additional information

You may be asked to send in additional information before you can be awarded. Check your CSUN Gmail, and view your To-Do List on the myNorthridge Portal. Submit all required documentation promptly.

Award notices

The Financial Aid & Scholarship Department will begin awarding new freshmen and transfer students in late April for the upcoming academic year. Continuing students will be awarded in late June. Award notices are sent to your CSUN email address, and awards are visible on the myNorthridge Portal.

Summer Aid

SUMMER 2015

All information about summer 2015 is subject to change. We strongly encourage you to check back often for potential changes to the financial aid summer process.

Summer Courses through The Tseng College of Extended Learning

The majority of summer courses are offered through The Tseng College.  For information about the Tseng College summer tuition fees and payments, visit The Tseng College website.

Special Year-Round Cohort Programs offered through the regular university

Students in the programs below enroll for summer courses through the regular university:

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (A-BSN)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Doctoral Program in Education Leadership (Ed.D.)
  • Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
  • Geology Field Studies

For summer tuition fee information and payment deadlines for special year-round cohort programs, visit University Cash Services

Is summer aid available?

Yes.  Limited financial aid is available for the summer term to students who qualify. Summer financial aid may include the following:

Federal Pell Grant
Campus Summer Grant (available only for students enrolling through The Tseng College)
State University Grant (available only for students enrolling in MSW, Geology Field Studies, and Doctoral programs)
Federal Direct Loans
Federal Direct PLUS loans
Private Education Loans

Registering simultaneously for all classes in one or more summer sessions will expedite your financial aid request. Your summer aid eligibility is based on total enrollment units in all summer sessions.

Note: AB 540 students are ineligible for the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Student loans and will be considered only for the Campus Summer Grant or the State University Grant based on eligibility criteria and fund availability.

How do I apply for summer aid?

Students enrolling for summer through The Tseng College:

  • Enroll in summer courses, and pay your summer registration fees on your own at the time of enrollment. Financial aid awards will not be available when you enroll. If you are later found eligible for aid, you will be awarded. However, you should also be financially prepared for the possibility that you may not have remaining financial aid eligibility for the summer term.
  • Have a 2014-2015 financial aid application on file with the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department. If you already completed a 2014-2015 FAFSA or CA Dream application, you do not need to submit another one for summer aid.
  • Submit all required documents as listed in your To-Do List. Log on to the myNorthridge Portal, and navigate to the SOLAR Student Center. The To-Do List is located on the right side of the page.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • To be considered for the Campus Summer Grant you must be enrolled half-time. Grant-eligible students will be identified and awarded once enrollment is established. No further action is required by the student.

Special Year-Round Cohort Students enrolling for summer through the regular university (MSW, Doctoral, A-BSN, Geology Field Studies):

  • Enroll in summer courses through the regular university and pay summer registration fees according to the summer fee payment deadlines.  Financial aid awards will not be available when you enroll. If you are later found eligible for aid, you will be awarded. However, you should also be financially prepared for the possibility that you may not have remaining financial aid eligibility for the summer term.  For summer tuition fee payment and deadlines for special year-round cohort programs, visit University Cash Services.
  • Have a 2014-2015 financial aid application on file with the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department. If you already completed a 2014-2015 FAFSA or CA Dream application, you do not need to submit another one for summer aid.
  • Submit all required documents as listed in your To-Do List. Log on to the myNorthridge Portal, and navigate to the SOLAR Student Center. The To-Do List is located on the right side of the page.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • To be considered for the State University grant, you must be enrolled half-time. Grant eligible students will be identified and awarded once enrollment is established. No further action is required by the student. A-BSN students are ineligible for this grant.

How much aid am I eligible for?

Your eligibility for summer aid depends on many factors, including need, class level and whether you have exhausted your eligibility for federal grants and loans during the regular 2014-2015 academic year. If you are unsure about your exact circumstances, you can always check with the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department. However, if you contact us, we will not be able to process your summer aid eligibility on request.

How is summer Federal Pell Grant eligibility determined?

If you were enrolled less than full time for either fall 2014 or spring 2015, you may have remaining Federal Pell Grant funds for summer. The Financial Aid & Scholarship Department will identify and award eligible students once summer enrollment is established.

Only undergraduates and students pursuing a first teaching credential may be considered for Federal Pell Grant eligibility. Credential students must be enrolled at least half-time in units required for credential completion. Graduate master's, second B.A. and doctoral students are ineligible for Federal Pell Grant funding.

How is Campus Summer Grant eligibility determined?

If you received a State University Grant or a Cal Grant award for the 2014-2015 academic year, you may be eligible for a Campus Summer Grant. These funds are limited and may be exhausted before we can award all eligible students. Eligible students will be identified and awarded based on earliest enrollment date and based on fund availability.

You must enroll at least half-time to be considered for the Campus Summer Grant. If you are awarded the grant, you must maintain at least half-time enrollment during the summer to maintain your eligibility. Your grant will be canceled if you reduce your enrollment after you are awarded.

How is Summer State University Grant eligibility determined?

If you received a State University Grant during either the fall 2014 or spring 2015 term(s), and you are a student in the MSW, Doctoral, or in the Geology Field studies program enrolling for summer, you may be considered for the summer State University Grant.  These funds are limited and may be exhausted before we can award all eligible students. Eligible students will be identified and awarded based on earliest enrollment date and based on fund availability.

You must enroll at least half-time to be considered for summer State University Grant. If you are awarded the grant, you must maintain at least half-time enrollment during the summer to maintain your eligibility. Your grant will be canceled if you reduce your enrollment after you are awarded.

How do I request a summer loan?

To be considered for a summer Federal Direct Loan, you must be enrolled at least half-time; meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements; and submit the required loan request forms by the published deadlines. 

For information about Federal Direct loans and annual eligibility amounts, go to the https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans

You must also meet the following deadlines and conditions:

Summer Loan Request forms will be available on the website on March 24.  You must allow at least two weeks for the loan request to be processed.

Summer loan request deadlines:

    • Summer Session 1 and Session 3 students- submit a loan request by July 24, 2015
    • Summer Session 2 students(if you are only attending this session) - submit a loan request by June 19, 2015

When will I be awarded summer aid?

Summer awarding begins in mid-April and continues on a rolling basis throughout the entire summer term. Your aid eligibility will be determined after you enroll and pay your summer tuition fees. You will be notified of your summer aid eligibility via your CSUN email account.

When will my summer aid pay out?

Summer aid will pay out and be applied to your CSUN student account starting the week of May 26 and weekly thereafter if you meet the following conditions:

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • No outstanding document requests with the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department
  • Enrolled in sufficient units

If you are only enrolled in summer session three, your aid will disburse the week of July 8. Summer aid will go towards any outstanding summer charges first; anything in excess of charges will be processed as an eRefund or mailed as a paper check.

What if I withdraw from all or part of my summer sessions?

Students who drop below half-time enrollment status during any of the summer 2015 sessions may have their financial aid award reduced or canceled. If you withdraw from all courses in session one or two, but retain enrollment for session three, please submit written confirmation of your intent to attend session three courses. Failure to submit written confirmation may result in a reduction or cancellation of financial aid. Any reduction or cancellation of financial aid may result in a balance due to CSUN and a possible hold on future enrollment.

Can I receive summer financial aid at more than one school?

Students who enroll at two or more schools during summer 2015 are only eligible to receive financial aid at one institution for that term. Students who receive federal financial aid at two or more schools for overlapping enrollment periods (i.e., regular semesters and summer sessions) may be subject to reduction of financial aid at one or all schools. Any reduction of financial aid may result in a balance due to CSUN and a possible hold on future enrollment. Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG) does not impact federal aid at CSUN.