FINANCIAL AID

State Grants

The California Student Aid Commission determines the eligibility criteria for state grants. See if you qualify, but be aware that funding for any state grant program is dependent on the state of California.

It is easy to check your state grant status.  Just click the WebGrants4Students logo.

Cal Grant A and B

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 or California Dream Application 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 or California Dream Application 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 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. 

Below is an estimate of Cal Grant award amounts based on enrollment:

Enrollment Status

Cal Grant Fee Undergraduate

Full-Time -12 or more units

$2,871.00

Three-Quarter Time- 9.0-11.9 Units

$2,153.00

Half-Time 6.0-8.9 Units

$1,436.00

Less Than Half-Time- 1.0-5.9 Units

 $              -  

  

Enrollment Status

Cal Grant B Access

Full-Time -12 or more units

$835.00

Three-Quarter Time- 9.0-11.9 Units

$626.00

Half-Time 6.0-8.9 Units

$418.00

Less Than Half-Time- 1.0-5.9 Units

 $              -  

  

Enrollment Status

Cal Grant Fee Teaching Credential

Full-Time -12 or more units

$3,330.00

Three-Quarter Time- 9.0-11.9 Units

$2,498.00

Half-Time 6.0-8.9 Units

$1,665.00

Less Than Half-Time- 1.0-5.9 Units

 $              -  

Find out more about the Cal Grant program by watching a short video clip. You can also read more on the Cal Grant website and get answers to frequently asked questions.

California Chafee 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.

California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNG EAAP)

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

The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) provides a scholarship for new and continuing undergraduate and credential students* with family incomes and assets up to $156,000 attending a CSU or UC.  

Additionally, the student must:

  • Be a California resident or eligible AB 540 student
  • File a FAFSA or California Dream Application by the March 2 deadline
  • Be enrolled at least half-time
  • Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards
  • Meet certain income/assets and other financial aid standards
  • Not be in default on a student loan
  • Must not be incarcerated

Any federal, state, or institutionally administered student financial aid grants or fee sponsorships/waivers received by an eligible student may impact the amount of award received.

Students that are determined to be eligible to receive an MCS award will be notified by the California Student Aid Commission. Students may log in to their WebGrants for Students (WGS) account to review their Middle Class Scholarship California Aid Report (MCSCAR). The MCSCAR does not have to be submitted to CSUN.

When will funds be available?
Funds will not be available until mid to late October. The Financial Aid & Scholarship Department will send you an award notice when the scholarship has been awarded. Once awarded, the funds will be credited to your student account the following Friday afternoon. Go to www.csun.edu/financialaid/financial-aid-process and click on the “Receive Aid Payment” tab to read about financial aid payments.

For more information about the program and additional eligibility requirements, visit the California Student Aid Commission website.

* Students taking classes through Tseng College (extended learning) are not eligible for the Middle Class Scholarship program.