Campus Update for Legislative Aides

CSUN Will Not Be Accepting New Students for Spring 2010 Semester

The university will not be accepting applications from new students for the spring 2010 semester due to the state budget crisis. The California State University system is facing a projected $584 million budget deficit for the 2009-10 academic year. CSU officials are currently considering a range of options to deal with the crisis, including employee furloughs, enrollment reductions and potential student fee increases.  Some of your offices may begin to hear  from your constituents regarding enrollment policies and other related issues. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Click here for more information.

For more information about how the budget affects Cal State Northridge
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Federal Economic Stimulus Package and Cal State Northridge

On April 17, 2009 the US Department of Education approved California’s application to receive the first round of State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF).  The Department has released $4 billion – the first of two installments.  The second installment will occur in the fall and that amount will be $ 2 billion.  According to the application, the following amounts will be designated to higher education accounts for the following years:

FY 2009 $ 537 million
FY 2010 $ 663 million

In addition to the stabilization funds that are helping to mitigate further cuts to the CSU, the economic stimulus package included temporary boosts in federal student financial aid:

A $619 increase in the maximum Pell Grant award to $5,350 starting July 1.  More than 120,000 CSU students receive Pell Grants.  CSU is the largest recipient of Pell Grant awards in the country.

  • CSUN has nearly 12,000 Pell Grant recipients who will benefit from the Pell Grant increase.  Nearly 4,000 of those students qualify for the maximum award.  Total Pell awards to CSUN students for 2008-09:  $40 million
  • With the new Pell Grant increase, 650 new CSUN students will qualify for a grant-- bringing the total Pell near $50 million for the upcoming academic year.

$200 million added nationwide to the Federal Work-Study program, which could help an additional 1,500 CSU students earn an average of $2,400 per year.

  • The new work-study funding will support 90 additional CSUN students-- a 10 percent increase in the number of students that benefit from federal work-study.  About 20-25 percent of federal work-study dollars are community service job placements.

The new partially refundable American Opportunity Tax Credit will cover up to $2,500 of the cost of tuition and course-related expenses per year for the first four years of college.


Cal State Northridge Campus Tours

Has it been awhile since you or one of your colleagues has visited Cal State Northridge? Do you know of a community organization or business that may be interested in Cal State Northridge’s sustainability initiatives or other projects? Contact the Office of Government and Community Relations and we’ll be happy to set up a personalized campus tour.


Brittny McCarthy
Director of Government and Community Relations
(818) 677-2123