FINANCIAL AID

CSUN

The application period for on-campus scholarships - Matador Scholarship Program is now closed. Scholarship opportunities will be available December-May for the following academic year. Please check back in late November for more information.

Students must have a completed FAFSA or Dream Act Application each academic year in order to qualify for need-based scholarships.

 

Honors at Entrance

Students who have been admitted to Cal State Northridge and accepted to the General Education University Honors Program will automatically be considered for the Honors at Entrance scholarship. If funding permits, the program offers up to 10 scholarships for first-time freshmen and up to 10 renewal scholarships each year.

Admission to the General Education University Honors Program does not automatically qualify a student for the Honors at Entrance scholarship. Scholarship winners are determined through a separate competitive process and must meet eligibility requirements, including financial need.  In addition to being admitted to the General Education University Honors Program students who want to be considered for the scholarship must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream application (AB 540 students) and demonstrate financial need of at least $5,000.

Honors at Entrance scholarships are funded through the Scottsdale Endowment. The endowment was established through a generous gift from an anonymous donor who wanted to honor high-achieving incoming freshmen that have demonstrated financial need for the scholarship assistance.

Matador Scholarship Program

The Matador Scholarship program recognizes students who excel academically and who demonstrate financial need (must complete a financial aid application). Over the years, thousands of students have been awarded scholarships through the Matador Scholarship Program with awards ranging from $400 to $12,500.

There are approximately 70 scholarship opportunities available under the Matador Scholarship Program. The online application for programs under the Matador Scholarship Program will be available mid-February through March 30. If you have software-related questions regarding the online scholarship application, feel free to contact the scholarship staff at 818-677-4907.

Unfortunately, international students are not eligible. Please visit the "International Student Aid" section for other resources.

Eligibility

  • Must file a financial aid application by March 2. Go to http://www.csun.edu/financialaid/apply for information on how to apply.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for incoming freshmen, transfer students and current Northridge undergraduates
  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA for current Northridge graduate students and incoming graduate students
  • Full-time enrollment (12 units for undergraduate and credential students, 8 units for graduate students) each semester scholarship funds are received
  • Pursing your first bachelor's or master's degree, or credential
  • Major must be declared by the time 60 units have been completed
  • Less than 108 undergraduate units, 40 graduate units or 40 credential units at time of applying

Application Process

Begin the scholarship application process using our online application. You will be required to attach or request the following documents:
• Degree Progress Reports or unofficial transcripts must be uploaded through the online application.
• Request two academic letters of recommendation
• Complete the Personal statement
• Unofficial transcripts if you are a freshman, transfer student or incoming graduate student
• A copy of a Degree Progress Report if you are a current Northridge student

Unfortunately, not everyone who applies for the Matador Scholars Program will be awarded. Recipients will be notified sometime in the summer before the fall semester begins

Responsibilities

If you are selected to be a Matador Scholar, you must:

Send a thank you letter to your donor. Many scholarships are provided by private donors who take interest in supporting Northridge students. It is common courtesy to respond with a short note to show appreciation for their commitment to your education. In your "congratulations" email, you will receive an address where you will send your thank you letter. You must also email a copy to . Your scholarship will not be released until a copy of your thank you letter is received by the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department. If you need assistance, please see the sample thank you letter.

Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA for undergraduates and 3.5 cumulative GPA for current Northridge graduate students and incoming graduate students. If your scholarship requires that you maintain a higher GPA, it will be noted in your "congratulations" email.

Enroll as a full-time student each semester during the academic year you are awarded.

If you are unable to meet the conditions of your scholarship, or if your enrollment status changes, notify the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department by calling 818-677-4907 or emailing .

Outstanding Graduating Veteran Award

The California State University, Northridge Outstanding Graduating Veteran Award is given to a student who demonstrates meritorious achievement, strength of character and commitment to service. The award recognizes an extraordinary student who has overcome challenges in reaching an academic milestone and honors those who couldn’t complete a degree because their health or lives were sacrificed in national service. The award expresses the gratitude of the CSUN community and is entirely funded by public contribution.

Award Amount

The award amount is $1,000. The recipient will be recognized at the Veteran Graduation Reception and the Honors Convocation.

Eligibility

  • You must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • You must be a CSUN student who is currently or has formerly been placed on active duty as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces (the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard) or the Reserve or National Guard.
  • You must graduate in Fall 2016, Spring 2017 or Summer 2017 (must have an official graduation date on file with Admissions and Records).
  • You must be enrolled full time (12 units for undergraduate and credential students, 8 units for graduate students).

How to Apply:

  1. Go to AcademicWorks to begin your online application. Please note that you will be required to complete the General Application before you can complete the application for the Outstanding Graduating Veteran Award.
  2. Request two academic letters of recommendation through the online application. At least one of the two required letters must be submitted by a CSUN faculty member.
  3. Upload a copy of your most recent transcript.
  4. Respond to three essay questions.

The deadline to apply is February 15, 2017 at 9 p.m.

Presidential Scholarship


Presidential Scholars with President Harrison and Dr. Watkins. Photo by: Lee Choo.

The Presidential Scholarship is one of three programs under the Northridge Scholarship Program. The Presidential Scholarship award gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work with faculty mentors on significant projects.  The prestigious honor is reserved for Cal State Northridge undergraduate students who have earned at least 60 units with a 3.5 grade point average or transfer students who have earned at least 24 Northridge units by the end of the spring semester.

Recipients must be continuing Northridge undergraduates and will receive a $10,000 scholarship, along with a Matador Bookstore textbook discount. Other award perks include priority registration, recognition at the president's fall convocation, a reception at the University House with President Dianne Harrison and the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on a scholarly project.

The Presidential Scholarship award is funded by Associated Students, Bayramian Family Scholarship Endowment, Blenda Wilson Scholarship, Diane Ryan Scholarship Endowment and Medtronic Minimed Endowment.

Eligibility

  • You must be a Cal State Northridge undergraduate student when applying.
  • You must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average.
  • You must complete at least 60 units, or 24 Northridge units if you are a transfer student, but no more than 96 cumulative units by the end of spring.
  • You must attend a pre-application workshop.
  • You must have a Northridge faculty member agree to sponsor a project the same year you apply for the award.
  • Second bachelor degree students, graduate students and those graduating before spring of the next academic year are not eligible to apply.

Application Process

  1. Submit a Presidential Scholars application using the online scholarship application located online at AcademicWorks.  Please note that you will be required to complete the General Application before you can complete the Presidential Scholarship.
  2. As part of the online application process for the Presidential Scholarship, you will be required to:
    a. Request your faculty mentor to submit a statement describing your project
    b. Submit a Degree Progress Report (DPR)
    c. Submit a detailed academic plan signed by your academic department advisor
    d. Submit a Gantt chart to outline your project benchmarks, completion dates and assessments. Click here to view a sample Gantt chart.

Application Deadline: February 27, 2017 at 9:00 p.m.

Application Workshops

If you plan to apply for the Presidential Scholarship award, it is a good idea to attend a workshop to ensure you have all the information needed to complete the application. The workshop will provide useful advice and answers to questions. Space is limited.

A current Presidential Scholar and faculty mentor may be present to offer their perspective and answer questions. Your faculty mentor is invited to attend the workshop with you or attend a session separately. Faculty mentors are not required to attend but it may be helpful for those who have questions.

Date

Time

Location

January 13, 2017

1:00 p.m.

Ferman Presentation Room (located in the Oviatt Library, west wing, lower level)

January 20, 2017

3:00 p.m.

Ferman Presentation Room (located in the Oviatt Library, west wing, lower level)

January 27, 2017

1:30 p.m.

Ferman Presentation Room (located in the Oviatt Library, west wing, lower level)

Responsibilities

If you are selected to be a Presidential Scholar, you must develop, complete and present your outlined project during the Annual Presidential Scholarship Exhibit at the end of the spring semester. You must also work with your faculty mentor throughout the award year, submit a complete progress report at the end of each semester and attend all scholarly events throughout the academic year.

For more information or questions regarding the Northridge Scholarship Program, please contact the scholarship office at 818-677-4907 or email scholarships@csun.edu.

Faculty

If you are a faculty mentor, your time and commitment to the Northridge Scholarship Program is appreciated. The success of the program depends greatly on your guidance and encouragement.

Faculty mentors and Presidential Scholars are encouraged to develop a mentoring plan that will meet the needs of the scholar while honoring your ongoing commitments. There is not a set requirement for the level of involvement between you and the scholar, but the student learning experience depends on the level of faculty engagement. The purpose of the program is to enhance the student's scholarly development and prepare him or her for post-baccalaureate education or work.

Here are some suggestions for topics that may be discussed with the scholar prior to beginning a project.

  • How often will you meet with the scholar?
  • How long will each session last?
  • How closely do you plan to supervise the student's progress on the project?
  • What kind of expectations will you set for the scholar and the project?

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact the Scholarship Office at x4907 or via email at scholarships@csun.edu.

University Scholarship


The University Scholarship is one of three programs under the Northridge Scholarship Program.  The University Scholarship award encourages the scholarly development of current Cal State Northridge students and students transferring to the university in the prior spring term. Scholarship recipients must be continuing Northridge undergraduates the year they receive the award.

University Scholars have the opportunity to deeply explore their fields of interest and develop mentoring relationships with faculty members. Ideally, University Scholars will use the year awarded to prepare for the Presidential Scholarship competition.

The University Scholars award includes a one-time $7,500 scholarship, a textbook discount at the Matador Bookstore, priority registration for classes and attendance at a reception at the University House with President Dianne Harrison.

Applicants will be judged primarily on the quality of their essay responses. Grammar, structure, spelling and clarity will all be taken into account. The essays must highlight personal strengths, such as motivation, creativity, self-confidence, maturity, concern for others and awareness of current issues. Letters of recommendation that highlight classroom experience and extracurricular activities will be given the greatest weight.

The University Scholarship is funded by the Bayramian Family Scholarship Endowment. For more information or questions regarding the program, please contact the scholarship office at (818) 677-4907 or email scholarships@csun.edu.

Eligibility

  • You must be a Cal State Northridge undergraduate student when applying.
  • You must enroll full-time during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • You must complete at least 24 units, but no more than 96 cumulative units, by the end of spring with a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average.
  • Second bachelor degree students, graduate students, credential students, students enrolled through Tseng College and those graduating before spring of the next academic year are not eligible to apply.

Application Process

  • Submit a University Scholars application using the online scholarship application located online at AcademicWorksPlease note that you will be required to complete the General Application before you can complete the University Scholarship.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a Northridge faculty member. The faculty member must submit the recommendation through the online scholarship appplication
  • Submit a Degree Progress Report (DPR) through the online scholarship application. You can access your DPR on the myNorthridge Portal.

Date

Time

Location

January

TBD

TBD

January

TBD

TBD

Deadline

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 9:00 p.m.

Workshops

If you plan to apply for the University Scholars award, you must attend a workshop to ensure you have all the information needed to complete the application. The mandatory workshop will provide useful advice and answers to questions.

Space is limited and late arrivals will not be tolerated; if seats fill up, you will be asked to attend a workshop at a later date. You are not required to bring your photo ID card, but be prepared to provide your student ID number and CSUN Gmail address.

A current University Scholar may be present to offer his or her perspective and answer questions. View the list of scheduled workshops.

Responsibilities

If you are selected to be a University Scholar, you must develop a mentoring relationship with a faculty member by the end of the scholarship period or pursue scholarly activities, such as additional coursework, internships, research projects, or conference presentations. You must also attend all scholarly events during the academic year, enroll in honors coursework when possible and submit a progress report at the end of each semester. A one-year renewal may be possible through a scholarship renewal process.

Faculty

If you are a faculty mentor, your time and commitment to the Northridge Scholarship Program is appreciated. The success of the program depends greatly on your guidance and encouragement.

University Scholarship applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation from a Cal State Northridge faculty member. If you are asked to write a letter of recommendation for a student, you will be emailed through the online scholarship application. Once you submit the letter, the applicant will be notified but will not have access to the letter.  Here are some Letter of Recomendation Guidelines.

University Scholars are encouraged to develop a mentoring relationship with a faculty member. If asked and you agree, you are encouraged to develop an acceptable plan that will meet the needs of the scholar while honoring your ongoing commitments. There is not a set requirement for the level of involvement between you and the scholar, but the student learning experience depends on the level of faculty engagement. The purpose of the program is to enhance the student's scholarly development and prepare him or her to submit an application and project for the Presidential Scholarship and for post-baccalaureate education or work.

  • How often will you meet with the scholar?
  • How long will each session last?
  • How closely do you plan to supervise the student's progress on the project?
  • What kind of expectations will you set for the scholar and the project?

Faculty mentors are encouraged to attend a pre-application workshop for more information. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact the Scholarship Office at x4907 or via email at scholarships@csun.edu.

CSUN Dreamers Scholarship

At California State University, Northridge we are dedicated to helping undocumented students have equal access to higher education by providing resources. The CSUN Dreamers Scholarship offers financial support for undergraduate students not eligible for the full range of financial aid typically available to students.

Awards

  • Scholarships of $2,500 for the academic year to students enrolled in 12 units or more. Eligible students may apply for this award up to four years.
  • Scholarships of $1,250 for the academic year to students enrolled in less than 12 units. Eligible students may apply for this award up to four years. Must be enrolled at least half-time.
  • Scholarships of $12,500 for the academic year for students residing in Student Housing.  Full-time students may receive this award one time only.
  • Scholarships of $8,800 for the academic year for undocumented students who are not AB 540 eligible.

Eligibility

  • AB 540, DACA or other undocumented status
  • Undergraduate Student
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Enrolled part time (6 to 8 units)

How to Apply

  • Complete the confidential online scholarship application at: AcademicWorks

Application Deadline: To Be Determined

For more information about Dreamers, please visit the EOP Dream Center website.