Current Students

Online Graduation Application

This is a tutorial only. No log in is required.


CSUN students* can apply for the bachelor’s degree and diploma online in 5 easy steps!

  1. Log in to the CSUN Portal and the SOLAR Student Center.
  2. Select the “Apply/View Graduation App” link.
  3. Select the expected term of graduation.
  4. Verify major, minor if any, and the graduating term.
  5. Click “Submit” and remit the $47 processing fee online (plus $10 late fee if applying after the deadline).

*Second bachelor’s degree candidates, discontinued students, or students for whom electronic submission is impossible must use the paper Application for Bachelor’s Degree and Diploma (PDF) or contact Undergraduate Degree Services at to discuss other options.

Eligibility:  You may apply to graduate as soon as you have:

  • Declared a major,
  • Completed 90 units (work-in-progress counts towards the 90 units), and
  • Completed at least one semester of course work in residence at CSUN.

Notification:  When eligible, you'll receive an email to your CSUN account that the “Apply/View Graduation App” link is available.

Timing:  Choose your graduation term carefully. For an accurate target date, map out your remaining classes in DPR/Planner (guide).

Online you can choose 1 of 3 future graduating terms: fall, spring or summer—up through the term that is 1 year ahead of the current term. For example, if the current term is Fall 2023, you can choose to graduate in Spring 2024, Summer 2024 or Fall 2024.

Please apply before the on-time submission deadline to avoid the $10 late fee.

As soon as possible after submitting your online application:
  • Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor to review your graduation plan.
  • Print and bring your Degree Progress Report to the meeting with your advisor.

Helpful: Undergraduate Degree Services - Apply to Graduate

NOTE: If you are having problems navigating from the Online Graduation Application pages to CashNet® to pay the application fee, please see the solutions in Step 8 below.

Step 1

Go to the CSUN home page at and: 

  1. Select MyCSUN in the top menu.
  2. Select the CSUN Portal link.
  3. Log in with your CSUN user ID and password.

Drop-down menu on CSUN home page, upper left, with CSUN Portal login link

Step 2

The CSUN Portal home page displays.

In the Top Tools section, select the (SOLAR) Student Center icon.

 CSUN portal home page with Top Tools and the Student Center icon link

Step 3

The SOLAR Student Center displays.

  1. Under the Academics heading, select Apply/View Graduation App from the drop-down menu.
  2. Then click the Go button.

 The drop-down menu lists many choices including Apply/View Graduation App.

Step 4

The first Apply for Graduation page displays.

  1. Confirm your major and minor if any.
  2. Contact your academic advisor if you need to change your major/minor.
  3. Select the Apply for Graduation link.

To return to the SOLAR Student Center, use the "go to ..." drop-down menu.

 Submit application page showing your degree and major.

Step 5

The Select Graduation Term page displays. Select your desired graduation term from the drop-down menu.


  1. Choose 1 of 3 future graduation terms: fall, spring or summer—up through the term that is 1 year ahead of the current term.  Example: If Spring 2017 is the current term, you’ll be able to select a future graduating term of Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Spring 2018.
  2. To avoid a $10 late fee, you must apply to graduate online before the on-time submission deadline for the graduating term you choose.
  3. The deadline to apply online for a desired graduation term is two Fridays before weekday classes begin for the desired term (summer uses the spring deadline). After that, you must use the paper application and pay the $10 late fee. View graduation term deadlines.

 Select graduation term from the drop down menu and continue.

Step 6

As soon as you select a graduation term, a note warns you about the graduation advisement hold, which will prevent registration for the graduation term you selected.  Summer candidates will have a hold placed on their spring registration. To clear the hold, meet with your major advisor. Print and bring your Degree Progress Report to the meeting. NOTE: THIS HOLD IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.

If you change your mind after submitting your application, you'll need to complete the "Graduation Date Change" form and pay an $8.00 fee. NOTE: THE $8.00 FEE IS TEMPORARILY WAIVED.

The next two pages provide two more chances to select a different term, cancel the transaction, or continue.

  • To return to the first "Submit an Application for Graduation" page, click the "Select Different Program" button. 
  • To proceed, select Continue.

 A new message displays below the term-selection drop-down menu.

Step 7

The Verify Graduation Data page displays. Review the information. Then you can:

  • Go back to the first "Apply for Graduation" page with "Select Different Program."
  • Change the graduating term with "Select Different Term."
  • Continue with "Submit Application."

 Page with three navigation buttons including Submit Application.

Step 8

The summary page displays your selected graduation term, major/minor, and the application fee due. Payment is required to submit the online graduation application.

  • Have your credit card or banking information handy. If necessary, cancel the process and return later (you'll need to start over).
  • If you apply before the on-time submission deadline, the application fee is $47.
  • If you apply after the on-time submission deadline, an additional $10 late fee is required, for a total application fee of $57.

Payment options:

  • Credit card (An additional 2.75% nonrefundable service fee is charged.)
  • Electronic check (no service fee)

To proceed, select Pay Now.

 Last page before the payment pages

NOTE: If you are having problems navigating from the Online Graduation Application summary page to CashNet® to pay the application fee, try one of the following solutions:

  1. Change web browser and try again.
  2. Clear browsing history and try again.
  3. Temporarily turn off Pop-up Blocker in browser settings.

If these solutions don’t work, please contact the IT Help Desk at (818) 677-1400.

Step 9

You are now entering the Higher One, Inc./CashNet®/SmartPay pages. 

  1. Select desired payment method - credit card (2.75% service fee) or electronic check (no service fee).
  2. Select "Continue Checkout."

 Radio buttons to select payment type

Step 10

To pay by credit card, complete the secure web form. American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and United Community Bank (UCB) are accepted.  A 2.75% service fee will be added to the total credit card charge. 

No service fee is charged to pay by electronic check.

Select Continue Checkout.

 Enter credit card information.

Step 11

The "Acknowledge Terms and Conditions" page displays and explains the nonrefundable $1.30 credit card service fee (2.75% of the $47 application fee).

Review and accept the terms and conditions by checking the box.

  • To cancel, select "Cancel My Transaction."
  • To proceed, select "Continue Checkout."

 Terms and conditions link and acknowledge/accept checkbox.

Step 12

Proofread the payment information you entered.

  • If payment is not made, you will need to resubmit your graduation application and payment at a later time.
  • To continue, select "Submit Payment."
  • You will receive an email from " " confirming payment (see Step 14). Please save the receipt.

TIP:  After submitting payment, read the screen messages carefully in case your payment could not be processed.

 Final payment information screen with submit payment button

Step 13

The Graduation Application Confirmation page displays your expected graduation term, application fee paid, date/time submitted and further instructions. 

1.  Review the instructions.

  • Watch for the graduation advisement hold on your term of graduation. THIS HOLD IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.
  • Schedule an appointment with your major advisor.
  • Check your DPR/Planner regularly.
  • Update your diploma address if desired.
  • Update your diploma name if desired.

2.  Print the page for your records. If done, log out.

 Graduation Application Confirmation success page with print icon

Step 14

Once you've submitted your online graduation application fee(s), a confirmation/receipt will be emailed to your CSUN account from " ."

Save the receipt for your records.

 CSUN emailed receipt of online graduation application payment

Step 15

Immediately after submitting your online graduation application, you can return to the SOLAR Student Center home page to:

  1. View the Advising Mandatory hold in the far right box. Click the details link to view the reason for the hold (Graduation Candidate) and the semester it affects (your selected graduation term). If you chose summer graduation, the hold is placed on the prior spring term. Review your graduation plan with your advisor to clear the hold. THIS HOLD IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.
  2. View Graduation Status. From the "other academic" drop-down menu, select the Apply/View Graduation App link.

 Graduation Application Status page and messages

Step 16

The Graduation Status page displays. It will change over time, allowing you to:

  • Confirm your major/minor, anticipated graduation term and diploma name
  • Update diploma address
  • View a missing degree requirement
  • Confirm the withdrawal of your graduation application (if applicable)
  • Know when your graduation evaluation (special DPR) is ready to review ("application evaluated")

You can log back into myNorthridge Portal and the SOLAR Student Center anytime to review the Graduation Application Status page.

Helpful: Undergraduate Degree Services - Apply to Graduate

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

 Graduation Application Status page and messages