FINANCIAL AID

Tutorials

Review the easy-to-understand tutorials, so there isn’t a delay in receiving your financial aid funds.

How to View Anticipated Aid and Outstanding Charges

Anticipated aid is financial aid you've accepted as part of your award but has not yet been paid to your account; the aid is paid out after you enroll. Your student account may show your financial aid as anticipated aid prior to the disbursement of your funds. All grants, scholarships and loans that were certified are considered anticipated aid prior to disbursement. These funds will not be disbursed until you have turned in all required paperwork and enrolled in sufficient units. If you do not complete the requirements in a timely fashion, your aid may be canceled and you will have to pay any costs owed to the university.

Once your financial aid award is applied to your charges, the anticipated aid will disappear. University Cash Services will mail you a balance check if any amount of your financial aid award is not used to cover outstanding charges. If you have signed up for eRefund, funds will be electronically deposited to your account. 

All tuition and other fees must be paid by the deadlines stated in the Fee Payment Schedule.  Anticipated aid may prevent you from being removed from classes, but you must complete and submit all required paperwork with sufficient time for processing. Questions regarding removal from classes should be directed to University Cash Services. You may reach them at (818) 677-8000, option 3.

Anticipated Aid Tutorial

  1. Log into the myNorthridge Portal. Once logged on, you should be in the Home tab. In the Quick Link box, select the SOLAR Student Center icon. Make sure the portal link opens in a new browser tab.

    SOLAR Student Center 

  2. Under Finances, select Account Information to view your anticipated aid and outstanding charges.

    Account Information 

California State University makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, California State University must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date of instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All California State University listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees.

The amount of financial aid you receive may change if you alter your class schedule or do not meet other eligibility requirements. See "What Affects My Aid" under Financial Aid Basics for more information.

How to View Your Financial Aid Balance Check (eRefund)

It's easy to view the amount of your financial aid balance check, or eRefund. Follow the steps below to learn how.

  1. Go to the CSUN home page and log into the myNorthridge Portal.

    Northridge Portal


  2. Go to Student Account Summary under the My Checklist area.

    Student Account Summary


  3. Select Show History and find FINANCIAL AID BALANCE CHECK.

    Show History

Video Instructions for the FAFSA

Is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) overwhelming you? Watch "7 Easy Steps to the 2013-14 FAFSA"  for simple step-by-step video instructions on the process.

 

How to Accept a Loan

Follow the steps below to accept a loan. Unlike a grant, a loan must be repaid. For more information, see the Award and Planning Guide.

1. Log onto the myNorthridge Portal. This will take you to the Home tab. Select the Financial Matters tab.

Financial Matters

2. Locate the box called Financial Aid Essentials. Select "Accept Loans."

Accept Loans

If you do not see the Financial Aid Essentials box, select the +Add Content button to add it.

3. Select the award year.

Award Year

4. Determine the amount and type of loans you want to borrow.

Amount and Type

There are many options available on the Accept My Student Loan page, so please read carefully through the following information before selecting the "submit" button. Use the "clear all" button to reset your selections. Only select the "submit" button if you are satisfied with your selection(s).

4a. How do I accept the maximum amount on every loan?

  • Select the "accept all" button. The "accept" checkbox next to every loan should now be checked. Select the "submit" button to proceed.

    Accept All

4b. How do I decline every loan?

  • Select the "decline all" button. The "decline" checkbox next to every loan should now be checked. Select the "submit" button to proceed.

    Decline All

4c. I was awarded both subsidized and unsubsidized loans. How do I only accept the subsidized loan?

  • Select the "accept" checkbox next to the subsidized loan only. Accept the maximum amount or modify the amount. Select the "submit" button to proceed.
  • Please note, you choose to decline the unsubsidized loan now or leave it in offer status, and activate it at a later time. 

    Accept Subsidized

4d. I do not want to borrow the maximum amount offered. How do I only accept a portion of the loan?

  • Select the "accept" checkbox next to the loan you want to accept. You will now be able to modify the amount. You may only enter whole dollar amounts and not cents. Select the "update totals" button and the system will recalculate your accepted total. Select the "submit" button to proceed.
  • Please note, you are only able to reduce the amount offered. You cannot enter an amount that exceeds the offered amount. 

    Accept Portion 

    Accept Portion

4e. When I reduce the subsidized loan amount, the unsubsidized loan grays out. Why?

  • You must accept the entire subsidized loan before you can take out the unsubsidized loan. If you reduced the subsidized loan in error and want to accept both loans, select the "clear all" button to start over.

    Accept Student Loan

5. Confirmation page: After selecting the "submit" button, the accepted or declined amount will appear on the portal. The Financial Aid & Scholarship Department will verify that loan entrance counseling has been completed and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) has been submitted. Students who do not fulfill both loan requirements will not receive any loan funds.

New borrowers

If you are a first-time direct Stafford loan borrower and wish to complete loan entrance counseling/an MPN at StudentLoans.gov, please select the "Stafford" button and you will be redirected to the government's website. Otherwise, select the "return" button and go back to the portal. To complete the requirements at a later time, go directly to StudentLoans.gov.

Continuing borrowers

If you previously borrowed direct Stafford loans, you generally do not need to complete a new MPN every year. For example, if you received direct Stafford loan funds anytime during the 2009-2011 award years, the MPN you completed will likely be linked to future loans for up to 10 years. Contact the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department with questions.

Submit Confirmation

6. When do I have to complete a Loan Activation Request Form?

You must complete a Loan Activation Request Form if:

  • You initially declined the whole loan through the portal, but now you would like to borrow the loan.
  • You only accepted a portion of the original loan amount, and now you would like to borrow the rest.
  • You accepted the maximum loan amount initially but currently qualify for more loans (e.g., you were awarded as a sophomore for the fall semester but now qualify as a junior for the spring semester.)

How to Accept a Perkins Loan

Follow the steps below to accept a loan. Unlike a grant, a loan must be repaid. For more information, see the Award and Planning Guide.

1. Log onto the myNorthridge Portal. This will take you to the Home tab. Select the Financial Matters tab.

myNorthridge Portal

2. Locate the box called Financial Aid Essentials. Select "Accept Loans."

Accept Loans

If you do not see the Financial Aid Essentials box, select the +Add Content button to add it.

3. Select the award year.

Award Year

4. On the Accept My Student Loan page, select the "accept" checkbox next to the federal Perkins loan offered. Modify the amount under "accepted" if you wish to borrow less than offered amount. Select the "submit" button to proceed. Use the "clear all" button to reset your selection.

Accept Student Loan

5. Confirmation page: After selecting the "submit" button, the accepted or declined amount will appear on the portal. The Financial Aid & Scholarship Department will verify that a Perkins Master Promissory Note (MPN) has been submitted. Students who do not fulfill both loan requirements will not receive any loan funds.

The Perkins MPN must be completed through the myNorthridge Portal. You will have the option to complete the MPN immediately or at a later time.

5a. Sign the Perkins MPN immediately: Select the "Perkins" button to begin your electronic MPN and loan entrance counseling. Students must fulfill this requirement every year a Perkins loan is accepted.

Perkins MPN

5b. Sign the Perkins MPN later: Select the "return" button to go back to the portal and complete the loan requirement later. When you are ready to complete the loan requirement, select the "Sign Perkins Promissory Note" link under the Finances section in your Student Center.

Sign MPN

 

How to enter the Solar Student Center

From the Home tab, select the "Solar Student Center" icon from the Quick Links box, or select the "My Settings" menu on the upper right corner of the page and select the "My Student Center" link.

From the Financial Matters tab, select the "My Settings" menu on the upper right corner of the page and select the "My Student Center" link, or select the +Add Content button to add the Quick Links box to the page. You should now be able to select the "Solar Student Center" icon from this tab.

To exit the Solar Student Center and return to the portal, select "Back to Portal" on the upper right corner of the page.

Back to Portal

 

How to electronically sign the federal Perkins MPN

Select "continue" to proceed and choose the appropriate award year on the following page. If you'd like to exit the page, select "cancel." Please note, Northridge is not accepting paper MPNs; you must complete the Perkins MPN online.

Sign MPN

Enter your nine-digit Social Security number, without dashes or spaces, in the box asking for a National ID number. Once you are done reading the information, select the checkbox next to "I agree to sign my Promissory Note and have the hardware and software required" and select the "continue" button.

Social Security

 

Step one: Verify personal information.

Your demographical data will automatically populate. If necessary, update any incorrect information and select the "confirm" button to proceed.

Verify Personal Info

 

Step two: Provide loan references.

Enter information for two loan references. When you are finished, select the "next" button at the bottom of the page.

Provide Loan Reference

 

Step three: Provide additional references.

Enter information for three additional references. When you are finished, select the "next" button at the bottom of the page.

Provide Additional References

 

Step four: Review loan indebtedness.

Review your current loan balance. When you are finished, select the "next" button at the bottom of the page.

Review Loan Indebtedness

 

Step five: Accept borrower's rights and responsibilities.

Read all the information. Select the "I Accept" button to acknowledge your rights and responsibilities as a borrower and to agree with the terms of the loan.

Accept Buyer's Rights and Responsibilities

 

Step six: Submit the federal Perkins MPN.

Review the promissory note. The demographical fields should already be populated with your information. To proceed, select the "Sign Perkins Note" box.

Submit Perkins MPN

 

Step seven: Confirm electronic signature.

Select "yes" to finish or "no" to cancel the signature.

You have completed the process when you receive the message, "Congratulations! You have completed the Electronic Signature process."

Confirm Electronic Signature

 

Confirmation

How to Print an Online IRS Tax Transcript

  1. Go to the IRS website and select Get Transcript for My Tax Records under the Tools section.

    Screenshot: Go to the IRS website and select Get Transcript for My Tax Records under the Tools section.

  2. Select Get Transcript ONLINE.

    Screenshot: Select Get Transcript ONLINE." title="Screenshot: Select Get Transcript ONLINE.

  3. Select OK to agree to "….authorized use only."

    Screenshot: Select OK to agree to "...authorized use only."

  4. If you do not already have an account, select "Create an Account," and follow all the steps.

    Screenshot: If you do not already have an account, select "Create an Account," and follow all the steps.

  5. Once you have an account, enter your user ID and select Sign In.

    Screenshot: Once you have an account, enter your user ID and select Sign In.

  6. Enter your password and select Submit.

    Screenshot: Enter your password and select Submit.

  7. Select Higher Education/Student Aid, and then select the appropriate tax year in the Return Transcript box.

    Screenshot: Select Higher Education/Student Aid, and then select the appropriate tax year in the Return Transcript box.

  8. Locate the settings for your Internet browser and disable pop-ups, or you will not see your tax transcript. Settings vary by browser, but generally you may select Allow Once or Always Allow under Options for This Site.

    Screenshot: Locate the settings for your Internet browser and disable pop-ups, or you will not see your tax transcript. Settings vary by browser, but generally you may select Allow Once or Always Allow under Options for This Site.

  9. Print the transcript that pops up, and submit all pages to the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department. Include your name and student ID at the top of each page.

    Screenshot: Print the transcript that pops up, and submit all pages to the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department. Include your name and student ID at the top of each page.