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First Time Freshmen

Deadline for FAFSA, California Dream Act, and Cal Grant deadline is March 2, 2021. The sooner you apply, the sooner your information will be processed!

To confirm that your EOP Recommendation Forms have been submitted, please go back into your Cal State Apply and review their status.

Review our EOP criteria

EOP applicants must be highly motivated, historically low-income, educationally disadvantaged, first-generation college students (parents have not completed a four-year college degree, siblings do not count). EOP applicants must also meet the income guidelines described below. 

Income Guidelines

EOP applicants should meet the low-income guidelines listed below and demonstrate the family is unable to provide an annual contribution of more than $1,500 toward their college expenses. Applicants whose total family income exceeds the guidelines may be considered if their parent's contribution does not exceed $1,500. These guidelines are intended to identify and give priority to the most financially needy applicants.

2021-2022 EOP Family Income Guidelines

Single, No Dependents
Married, No Dependents - Other Than Spouse
With Dependents Other Than a Spouse
  • Income eligibility is based on the 2021-2022 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) formulas for federal student aid.

For independent students with dependents other than, or in addition to, a spouse, use the income for the appropriate family size in the Dependent Student Category.

These guidelines reflect an income level that will generate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of approximately $1,500. For dependent applicants, this contribution is based solely on the parental income and does not take into account any parental assets nor does it assume any contribution from the student's income or assets. For independent applicants, the contribution is based strictly on income with no consideration of available savings or other assets.

Because of the simplified nature of the income guidelines, it is possible that applicants who satisfy the preliminary income screening for EOP may not demonstrate need for purposes of student financial aid program eligibility. Dependent applicants whose parents have significant assets and who themselves have income and/or savings will be subject to higher contributions than that derived simply from the parent's income. Independent students with savings or other assets will also be subject to higher contributions.

Required Documents

The following documents are required of all incoming freshman applicants. Additional documents may be required.

  • 2 recommendations (on Cal State Apply). At least one must be from a school official who knows you both academically and personally—teacher, counselor, coach, etc. The second can be from a teacher/counselor or a community organization, employer, etc. No recommendations from friends or family members will be accepted.

Please note that you are responsible for ensuring that your recommendations have been submitted.


December 4, 2020

Deadline to submit CSU Application. Apply now at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

January 15, 2021

Extended to: January 17, 2021 @ 12PM

Deadline to submit EOP Application through Cal State Apply

January 31, 2021

Deadline to submit EOP Recommendation Forms - make sure to follow-up with your selected recommenders. To confirm that your EOP Recommendation Forms have been submitted, please go back into your Cal State Apply and review their status.

March 2, 2021

Priority deadline for FAFSA, California Dream Act, and Cal Grant deadline. You can apply as early as October 2020. The sooner you apply, the sooner your information will be processed!

Is your file complete?

Having a complete file means submitting your required documents (See above).

After completing your file, we will review your information and determine if you are eligible for an interview. Check your CSUN email regularly. Students selected for an interview will be required to submit parents tax forms or financial verification – as well as proof of filing for financial aid (FAFSA or DREAM ACT).

After You Apply

After you have applied to CSUN, make sure the rest of your admission process goes smoothly:

  1. Set up your access to myNorthridge Portal and CSUN email. Watch for the “Activate Your CSUN Account” email from CSUN Admissions and Records sent to the address you provided in Cal State Apply. You should receive the email 1 or 2 days after you apply. For help, see account activation instructions.
  2. Monitor your application status. Log into myNorthridge Portal, locate “My Checklist," and review your complete and incomplete tasks such as missing transcripts. For help, see the How To Guides.
  3. Check your CSUN email and myNorthridge Portal often for official communications.  The university will stop sending email to your personal address. Helpful: Forwarding CSUN Gmail to Another Account
  4. If you are admitted, you must file your “Intent to Register” electronically no later than Monday, May 1, 2021 in order to attend CSUN in Fall 2021. See Admitted to CSUNIf you do not confirm Intent to Register by the deadline, you will not be able to attend CSUN in the Fall 2020 semester

Remember, we want to communicate with you!

  • Check your CSUN email often for the latest information.
  • Take a moment to verify your paper mailing address in myNorthridge Portal. Learn how at Update Personal Information.

Important information about financial documents

INDEPENDENT Prospective Students will be require to provide a copy of their Tax forms or EOP Financial Verification form along w/ supporting documents.  We may require parents tax forms as well to determine “historically” low-income. 

If you answer NO to ALL of the questions below, then you are considered a DEPENDENT student even if you don’t live with your parents, are not claimed by your parents on their tax forms, or are paying for your own bills and educational expenses. You are required to provide your parents’ financial information.

1. You are 24 years of age or older

2. You are married

3. You have children who receive more than half of their support from you

4. You are currently serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces for purposes other than training

5. You are a veteran of the U.S. armed forces

6. At any time since you turned age 13, were both of your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a ward or dependent of the court?  Submit a Court Dependency letter. If you need assistance locating these documents, call your ILP coordinator (https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/ALL%20Contact%20List%207.12.pdf?ver=2019-07-15-175937-817) or your CA Foster Care Ombudsperson (https://fosteryouthhelp.ca.gov/).

7. You are an emancipated minor or are you in a legal guardianship as determined by a court? Submit copies of Court Documents.

8. You are an unaccompanied youth who is homeless? Submit letter from Shelter or a letter from your school counselor indicating your status as a homeless youth.

Why does CSUN EOP require a financial document?

One of the initial criteria to be considered for EOP at CSUN is to meet the low income guidelines. Submission of federal tax documents (or other financial documents if your household does not, and is not required to, file taxes) is required in order to enable us to determine whether or not a student meets these low-income guidelines. See below for examples.

How to submit your documents:

For security reasons, these documents should ONLY be mailed (for your own peace of mind, please cover or cross out all of the social security numbers except for the last four digits of the applicant’s social security number on all financial documents. Make sure that any bank account information is also covered or crossed out).  

Include First & Last Name, CSUN ID #, Phone #

and mail to:

EOP Admissions (BH212)

18111 Nordhoff St.

Nothridge, CA 91330-8205

We do not recommend, however, if you prefer to email them, then it is your responsibility to cover/whiteout all confidential information, including social security numbers, bank accounts, birthdates, etc. 

Include: First & Last Name, CSUN ID #, Phone #

Using CSUN Gmail send to: eopadmissions@csun.edu


My Household Files Taxes

This year students attending an interview will be required to mail a complete copy of their parents 2019 federal income tax forms, including Schedule CSE or Schedule E (if applicable).

Sample forms:

2018 Form 1040 (sample) OR  2019 Form 1040 (sample) 

Schedule C 

Schedule SE

Schedule E

My Household Does Not File Taxes

If parents don’t file and are not required to file taxes, then you must submit the EOP Financial Verification form along w/ supporting documents (see below).

Supporting documents:

They can also print the SS Benefits by going to: https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/proof-of-benefits.html

Independent Student

Independent students will need to bring a copy of their 2019 federal income taxes, or EOP Financial Verification form w/ supporting documents. 

Supporting documents:

Foster Youth or Ward of Court

If a student is a Foster Youth or Ward of Court, then they need to bring a copy of the Proof of Court Dependency letter.  Foster youth can contact their county ILP to request proof of court dependency, go to:


Transfer Students

Will be require to provide a copy of their Tax forms or EOP Financial Verification form along w/ supporting documents (see below). We may require parents tax forms as well to determine “historically” low-income.


Military: If unemployed and not attending college, proof of military benefits

Withdraw your EOP application

If you would like to formally request that your CSUN EOP application be withdrawn, please complete the form below:


By completing the form, you will no longer be considered for EOP at CSU, Northridge and will not be able to reapply in the future.

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