financial aid basics
Bayramian Hall, first floor
(west of the Oviatt Library)
Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Counseling Hours
Monday: 10 a.m.-3
Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
A referral slip is required from the first-floor financial aid window. Visits with a financial aid counselor are limited to 15 minutes. Please have your questions ready.
Please be in line at least 30 minutes before closing; hours are subject to change.
The Cal Grant A and B programs are administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), and they are only available to California residents. Cal Grants provide long-term assistance toward earning a first undergraduate degree. Cal Grant A pays tuition fees, while Cal Grant B pays tuition fees and also provides an additional yearly allowance for books and other expenses. You must maintain half-time enrollment to be eligible. Cal Grant applicants and recipients may make changes to their school of choice and view important information about their award at WebGrants for Students.
Keep in mind these Cal Grant guidelines:
- Students must file a FAFSA and submit their GPA verification by March 2. The GPA verification form on the CSAC website contains all the instructions.
- Students must maintain at least half-time enrollment to be eligible.
- Newly admitted Cal State Northridge students currently attending high school must have their GPA verification sent by their high schools.
- New and continuing Northridge students with fewer than 24 college units who are not currently receiving a Cal Grant must submit a GPA verification form from their previous college attended (if 24 units have been earned) or from their high school.
- Northridge will send the GPA verification by the end of February for those students who have at least 24 college units, are not currently receiving a Cal Grant, have a valid FAFSA on file for the current school year, and are currently enrolled at Northridge.
- Current Cal Grant recipients do not need to submit a GPA verification form.
- New and continuing Cal Grant recipients for the 2011-2012 academic school year must meet the CSAC's designated financial need and income ceiling requirements to maintain Cal Grant eligibility.
- Cal Grant awards will be prorated based on enrollment status. You must be enrolled full time to qualify for the maximum eligibility of your Cal Grant.
If you are or were in foster care and demonstrate financial need, you may qualify for a California Chafee Grant.
Keep in mind these California Chafee Grant guidelines:
- The Chafee Grant provides up to $5,000 a year for college.
- You are required to file a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Chafee Grant application.
- Your caseworker or independent living program coordinator can help you complete the FAFSA and Chafee applications.
- You must stay in school to keep your Chafee Grant, and you may lose your grant if you enroll less than half time or receive low grades.
- Chafee applicants and recipients may make changes to their school of choice and view important information about the Chafee award at WebGrants for Students.
Find out more about the Chafee Grant by watching a short video clip.
Child Development Grant
The need-based California Child Development Grant is designed to encourage students to enter the fields of child care and child development with the goal of a career in a licensed children's center. Students who plan to enroll at least half time in coursework leading to a child development permit as a teacher, master teacher, site supervisor or program director are eligible to apply. To receive funding, students must sign a Service Commitment Agreement stating they will provide one year of full-time service in a licensed children's center for each year they receive the grant.
Additional information and application procedures can be found on the California Student Aid Commission website.
National Guard Education Assistance
The California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNG EAAP) is administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). It is designed to assist active members of the California National Guard, the State Military Reserve or the Naval Militia with education-related expenses. To find out if you qualify, visit the CNG EAAP program page.
Keep in mind these CNG EAAP guidelines:
- You must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online prior to June 1.
- You cannot receive the CNG EAAP Grant and the Cal Grant during the same award period.
- If you want to renew your grants, you must submit the Renewal Application and Statement of Understanding by June 1. The Statement of Understanding must be printed and hand delivered to your commanding officer for signature.
- Those awarded a CNG EAAP Grant will be contacted via email by Cal State Northridge when checks are ready for pickup.
Middle Class Scholarship
Middle Class Scholarship
The Middle Class Scholarship program provides a scholarship to undergraduate students with a family income up to $150,000. The student must be enrolled at a California State University or University of California campus and be a California resident or eligible AB 540 student. The student must file a FAFSA or California Dream Application by the March 2 deadline.
For more information about the program and eligibility requirements, visit the California Student Aid Commission website.