Cost & Financial Aid
Cost of Attendance
At California State University, Northridge (CSUN), we understand how much time and energy goes into the college decision-making process, particularly when it comes to evaluating costs.
Our goal is to ensure you have the knowledge and understanding necessary to make an informed financial decision when it comes to selecting a college. After reviewing the information on this page, we believe you’ll feel more confident comparing the costs of attendance at different institutions and ultimately help you make an informed financial decision.
Every student who completes the FAFSA and is admitted to CSUN will receive an Offer of Financial Aid. In the report, you will learn your Cost of Attendance (COA) and the net price you will need to pay.
- The COA is the total annual cost of an education at a school. It includes tuition and other mandatory fees, books and supplies, transportation, room and board, personal or miscellaneous expenses, and the like. Your COA may vary depending on if you plan to live on-campus, off-campus or at home with parents.
- The net price is the COA minus your expected family contribution to calculate your financial need. The same formula is used for any college you attend, but the award amount you receive may vary because of the costs associated with a school (e.g., cost of living in the area). Each individual student may have a different expected family contribution.
- To consider your costs in view of the estimated amount of grants and other financial aid that may be available to you, use CSUN's Net Price Calculator.
Other than defined tuition and fees, the costs of attending a college vary from one student to another. That’s why institutions provide an estimated COA like the one we provide below for CSUN undergraduates (freshmen or transfer students) from California who will enroll full time and live with a relative.
2023-2024 Estimated Costs of Attendance
|Expenses||Seven or More Units/Semester|
|Tuition and Fees*||$7,090|
|Books and Supplies||$1,284|
|Room and Board||$8,402|
|Personal and Miscellaneous||$2,322|
*To estimate non-resident tuition, multiply the number of units you plan to enroll for the year by $396. For example, a typical student takes 30 units, so you'll add ($396 x 30) to Tuition and Fees ($7,090). 30 x $396 = $11,880 + $7,090 = $18,970.
To estimate your costs, visit CSUN Cost of Attendance, select an academic year and then choose your student group. We have cost estimates for:
- Undergraduate students
- Graduate programs
- Credential programs
- Doctoral programs
If you are a resident of one of the member U.S. states or territories of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, you can enjoy reduced nonresident tuition rates by participating in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. Learn more about WUE.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
The CSUN Financial Aid and Scholarships Department encourages all students to apply for financial aid and scholarships. Any financial aid or scholarships you receive will assist with the cost of attending CSUN. Students may receive any combination of financial aid and scholarships, up to their annual COA.
Financial Aid Opportunities
To be considered for federal student aid including grants, loans and work-study, you will need to complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA as soon as possible once it is available on October 1 for the coming academic year.
Additionally, California residents who aren’t eligible to file a FAFSA but meet AB 540 Status requirements will need to complete the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) to be considered for state and institutional grants and scholarships. You must complete the CADAA by March 2 to maximize potential aid opportunities.
If you are a California resident, you can apply for a Cal Grant. Learn more at Cal Grant FAQs or see all of the California state grants.
Please note international students are not eligible for federal or state student aid.
To apply for institutional scholarships, you will need to complete the CSUN online scholarship application by logging in to myMatadorScholarships. Students applying for need-based scholarships must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA).
In addition to general institutional scholarships, a number of individual colleges and departments at CSUN offer their own scholarships. You can learn more about college and departmental scholarship opportunities online.
The California State University Foundation offers donor-funded scholarships on a systemwide or multi-campus basis. Visit our CSU Foundation scholarships page to learn more about these scholarships including descriptions, eligibility requirements and application processes.
For information on external scholarship opportunities, visit our off-campus scholarship page.
Types of Financial Aid
By completing the FAFSA, you will be considered for grants, loans and work-study.
A grant is a form of need-based financial aid that does not have to be repaid. Learn more about federal, state and other grants.
There are several different federal educational loans available through the FAFSA.
Students are automatically considered for Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans. Parents of undergraduate students can apply for a Federal PLUS Loan to help cover costs. Learn more about loans.
Students not meeting federal student aid requirements or in need of additional student loan funding beyond that offered through FAFSA can consider non-federal private student loans.
The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program provides colleges and universities with funding to help provide students with paid, part-time jobs to help offset some of their college costs.
Net Price of Attendance
The net price of attending an institution is defined as a student’s total estimated cost of attendance minus the total amount of grants and scholarships received.
To calculate your projected net cost of attending CSUN, visit our Net Price Calculator.
Financial Aid & Scholarships Timeline
Here are some key dates and deadlines for your financial aid and scholarship application processes.
October 1 - FAFSA and CADAA Available for Upcoming Academic Year
After November - Students Receive Cal Grant Eligibility Notifications from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC)
February - Create a WebGrants for Students (WG4S) Account & Confirm Attendance
March 2 - Priority Filing Deadline for FAFSA or CADAA for California
April - Review CSUN Financial Aid To-Do List from the Financial Aid Office in your CSUN Portal. Learn more at financial aid tutorials.
August - Disbursement of Fall Financial Aid & Scholarships
CSUN Student Financial Services consists of University Cash Services, Student Accounting and Financial and Tax Services.
University Cash Services is where you'll make any in-person payments. The office provides students with fee payment information including deadlines and timelines. They'll also help you sign up for eRefund, the fastest way to receive any excess financial aid beyond charges.
Student Accounting is where you'll go for help with sponsorships, to make housing and meal plan changes, or to manage a debt with CSUN.
Financial and Tax Services is responsible for the administration and collection of Federal Perkins loans receivable and serves as the point of contact for federal and state tax compliance, including generating Form 1098T for students.