Financial Aid

Whoa! Free money?

That's right. Scholarships do not need to be repaid, so they're a great way to help finance your education. Cal State Northridge offers many different types, some for prospective students and others for continuing students. Scholarships are awarded primarily on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.

If you're a standout student, our newest scholarship program may be for you. Honors at Entrance is a competitive scholarship that is offered to selected, incoming freshmen with the highest GPAs and test scores. This scholarship may be awarded again your sophomore year if you maintain academic excellence. The scholarship has other attractive benefits, such as special honors courses, invitations to university events and free prep courses for graduate school admissions tests.

For continuing students and incoming freshmen, CSUN offers the University Scholarship Award, which carries a cash award of $3,000. The most prestigious of all Northridge scholarships is the Presidential Scholars Award, which comes with a $5,000 award. Both the University Scholarship and Presidential Scholars Awards include special benefits, such as priority registration for classes and discounts at the Matador Bookstore.

Many academic departments at Cal State Northridge offer their own scholarships, ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars each. You can learn about them by visiting department home pages, which often have a "scholarship" link on the left navigation bar. You should also look for scholarships offered by off-campus entities. These scholarships often target particular populations, such as military veterans, aspiring teachers, musicians, or members of ethnic or racial groups. How do you find out about them? One great way is to check out the U.S. Department of Labor's scholarship search engine.

Regardless of the type of financial aid you're looking for, you'll want to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid between Jan. 1 and March 2 prior to the fall in which you plan to enroll at Cal State Northridge.

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