FINANCIAL AID

CSUN

Log into CSUN's online scholarship database myMatadorScholarships and complete an application to apply for available scholarship opportunities.

Students must have a completed FAFSA or Dream Act Application each academic year in order to qualify for need-based scholarships.

 

Honors at Entrance

Students who have been admitted to Cal State Northridge and accepted to the General Education University Honors Program will automatically be considered for the Honors at Entrance scholarship. If funding permits, the program offers up to 10 scholarships for first-time freshmen and up to 10 renewal scholarships each year.

Admission to the General Education University Honors Program does not automatically qualify a student for the Honors at Entrance scholarship. Scholarship winners are determined through a separate competitive process and must meet eligibility requirements, including financial need.  In addition to being admitted to the General Education University Honors Program students who want to be considered for the scholarship must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream application (AB 540 students) and demonstrate financial need of at least $5,000.

Honors at Entrance scholarships are funded through the Scottsdale Endowment. The endowment was established through a generous gift from an anonymous donor who wanted to honor high-achieving incoming freshmen that have demonstrated financial need for the scholarship assistance.

Matador Scholarship Program

The Matador Scholarship program recognizes students who excel academically and who demonstrate financial need (must complete a financial aid application). Over the years, thousands of students have been awarded scholarships through the Matador Scholarship Program with awards ranging from $250 to $8000.

There are approximately 60 scholarship opportunities available under the Matador Scholarship Program. The online application for programs under the Matador Scholarship Program will be available mid-February through May. If you have software-related questions regarding the online scholarship application, please contact the scholarship staff at 818-677-4907.

Please visit the "International Student Aid" and "Scholarship Web Sources" sections for additional resources, if you are an international student.

Eligibility (General Criteria)

  • Must file a financial aid application by March Priority Deadline. Go to http://www.csun.edu/financialaid/apply for information on how to apply.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for incoming freshmen, transfer students and current Northridge undergraduates
  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA for incoming and current Northridge graduate students
  • Full-time enrollment (12 units for undergraduate and credential students, 8 units for graduate students) each semester scholarship funds are received
  • Pursuing your first bachelor's or master's degree, or credential

Application Process

Begin the scholarship application process using our online application. You may be required to attach or request the following documents:
• Degree Progress Reports or unofficial transcripts must be uploaded through the online application.
• Letters of recommendation
• Personal statement or essays
• Unofficial transcripts if you are a freshman, transfer student or incoming graduate student
• A copy of a Degree Progress Report if you are a current CSUN student

Unfortunately, not everyone who applies for the Matador Scholarship Program will be awarded. Scholarships are a competitive process.  Recipients will be notified sometime in fall semester via their official CSUN e-mail address.  Applicants may check their application status by logging into the myMatadorScholarships portal and clicking on ‘My Applications’

Responsibilities

If you are selected to be a Matador Scholar, you must:

Provide a thank you letter to your donor. Many scholarships are provided by private donors who take interest in supporting Northridge students. It is common courtesy to respond with a short note to show appreciation for their commitment to your education. In your award email, you will receive instructions on how to format and submit your thank you letter.  Your scholarship will not be released until a copy of your thank you letter is received by the Scholarship Office. If you need assistance, please see the sample thank you letter here.

Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA for undergraduates and 3.5 cumulative GPA for graduate students.  If your scholarship requires that you maintain a different GPA, it will be noted in your award email.

Enroll as a full-time student each semester during the academic year you are awarded.

If you are unable to meet the conditions of your scholarship, or if your enrollment status changes, notify the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department by calling 818-677-4907 or emailing .

Outstanding Graduating Veteran Award

The California State University, Northridge Outstanding Graduating Veteran Award is given to a student who demonstrates meritorious achievement, strength of character and commitment to service. The award recognizes an extraordinary student who has overcome challenges in reaching an academic milestone and honors those who couldn’t complete a degree because their health or lives were sacrificed in national service. The award expresses the gratitude of the CSUN community and is entirely funded by public contribution.

Award Amount

The award amount is $1,000. The recipient will be recognized at the Veteran Graduation Reception and the Honors Convocation.

Eligibility

  • You must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • You must be a CSUN student who is currently or has formerly been placed on active duty as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces (the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard) or the Reserve or National Guard.
  • You must graduate in Fall 2019, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 (must have an official graduation date on file with Admissions and Records).
  • You must be enrolled full time (12 units for undergraduate and credential students, 8 units for graduate students).

How to Apply:

  1. Go to myMatadorScholarships to begin your online application. Please note that you will be required to complete the General Application before you can complete the application for the Outstanding Graduating Veteran Award.
  2. Request two academic letters of recommendation through the online application. At least one of the two required letters must be submitted by a CSUN faculty member.
  3. Upload a copy of your most recent transcript.
  4. Respond to essay questions.

This scholarship opportunity is open February-March of the current academic year for applications.

Presidential Scholarship

2017-2018 Presidential Scholars at the Northridge Scholars Reception. Photo by: David J Hawkins

The Presidential Scholarship is one of three programs under the Northridge Scholarship Program. The Presidential Scholarship award gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work with faculty mentors on significant projects.  The prestigious honor is reserved for Cal State Northridge undergraduate students who have earned at least 60 units with a 3.5 grade point average or transfer students who have earned at least 24 Northridge units by the end of the spring semester.

Recipients must be continuing Northridge undergraduates and will receive a $10,000 scholarship, along with a Matador Bookstore textbook discount. Other award perks include priority registration, recognition at the president's fall convocation, a reception at the University House with President Dianne Harrison and the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on a scholarly project.

The Presidential Scholarship award is funded by Associated Students, Bayramian Family Scholarship Endowment, Blenda Wilson Scholarship, Diane Ryan Scholarship Endowment, and Medtronic Minimed Endowment.

Eligibility

  • You must be a current Cal State Northridge undergraduate student when applying.
  • You must enroll full-time during the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • You must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average.
  • You must complete at least 60 units, or 24 Northridge units if you are a transfer student.
  • You must complete the online Northridge Scholarship Program Application Workshop.
  • You must have a CSUN faculty member agree to sponsor a project the same year you apply for the award.
  • Second bachelor degree students, graduate students and those graduating before spring of the next academic year are not eligible to apply.

Application Process

  1. Submit a Presidential Scholars application using the online scholarship application located online at myMatadorScholarships.  Please note that you will be required to complete the General Application before you can complete the Presidential Scholarship.
  2. As part of the online application process for the Presidential Scholarship, you will be required to:
    a. Request your faculty mentor to submit a statement describing your project
    b. Submit a Degree Progress Report (DPR)
    c. Submit a detailed academic plan signed by your academic department advisor 
    d. Submit a Gantt chart to outline your project benchmarks, completion dates and assessments. Click here to view a sample Gantt chart.

Application Deadline:  The scholarship application period is open from November-February.  Apply through the myMatador Scholarship Portal

Application Workshops

If you plan to apply for the Presidential Scholarship, you must complete an online Northridge Scholarship Program workshop to ensure you have all of the information needed to complete the application. The mandatory online workshop will provide useful advice and answer to common questions.

Here is the link to  Northridge Scholarship Program Application Workshop. Please refer to the application on the myMatador Scholarship Portal for updates and deadlines.

Responsibilities

If you are selected to be a Presidential Scholar, you must develop, complete and present your outlined project during the Annual Presidential Scholarship Exhibit at the end of the spring semester. You must also work with your faculty mentor throughout the award year, submit a complete progress report at the end of each semester and attend all scholarly events throughout the academic year.

For more information or questions regarding the Northridge Scholarship Program, please contact the scholarship office at 818-677-4907 or email scholarships@csun.edu.

Faculty Mentor Guidelines

If you are a faculty mentor, your time and commitment to the Northridge Scholarship Program is appreciated. The success of the program depends greatly on your guidance and encouragement.

Faculty Mentors to Presidential Scholars are encouraged to develop an acceptable mentoring plan that will meet the needs of the scholar while honoring the other commitments of the faculty member.  Please note that faculty may only mentor one student per academic year; faculty are encouraged to consider this when accepting mentorship request from students.

There is no set requirement for the level of involvement between you and the scholar, but the student learning experience depends on the level of engagement you provide. The purpose of the program is to enhance the student's scholarly development and prepare the student for post-baccalaureate education or work.

Here are some suggested topics to discuss with the scholar prior to accepting a Faculty Mentorship request:

  • How often will you meet with the Scholar?  Weekly, biweekly, daily, etc.
  • How long will each session last?  An hour, half hour, several hours, etc.
  • How closely do you plan to supervise the student's progress on the project? Close, direct supervision; oversight while the student works independently; periodic meetings to monitor progress; provide suggestions for next steps, guidance on resources; etc.
  • What kind of expectations will you set for the scholar and the project? What will the Scholar learn, what skills will be gained or enhanced, what the outcome of the project might be, etc.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact the Scholarship Office at x4907 or via email at scholarships@csun.edu. Faculty mentors are also welcomed to attend a pre-application workshop for more information.

University Scholarship

2017-2018 University Scholars at the Northridge Scholars Reception. Photo by: David J Hawkins

The University Scholarship is one of three programs under the Northridge Scholarship Program.  The University Scholarship award encourages the scholarly development of current Cal State Northridge students and students transferring to the university in the prior spring term. Scholarship recipients must be continuing Northridge undergraduates the year they receive the award.

University Scholars have the opportunity to deeply explore their fields of interest and develop mentoring relationships with faculty members. Ideally, University Scholars will use the year awarded to prepare for the Presidential Scholarship competition.

The University Scholars award includes a one-time $7,500 scholarship, a textbook discount at the Matador Bookstore, priority registration for classes and attendance at a reception at the University House with President Dianne Harrison.

Applicants will be judged primarily on the quality of their essay responses. Grammar, structure, spelling and clarity will all be taken into account. The essays must highlight personal strengths, such as motivation, creativity, self-confidence, maturity, concern for others and awareness of current issues. Letters of recommendation that highlight classroom experience and extracurricular activities will be given the greatest weight.

The University Scholarship is funded by the Bayramian Family Scholarship Endowment. For more information or questions regarding the program, please contact the scholarship office at (818) 677-4907 or email scholarships@csun.edu.

Eligibility

  • You must be a current Cal State Northridge undergraduate student when applying.
  • You must enroll full-time during the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • You must complete at least 24 units by the end of spring with a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average.
  • You must complete the online Northridge Scholarship Program Application Workshop.
  • Second bachelor degree students, graduate students, credential students, students enrolled through Tseng College and those graduating before spring of the next academic year are not eligible to apply.

Application Process

  • Submit a University Scholars application using the online scholarship application located online at myMatadorScholarships.  Please note that you will be required to complete the General Application before you can complete the University Scholarship.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a Northridge faculty member. The faculty member must submit the recommendation through the online scholarship application
  • Submit a Degree Progress Report (DPR) through the online scholarship application. You can access your DPR on the myNorthridge Portal.

Application Deadline:  The scholarship application period is open from November-February.  Apply through the myMatador Scholarship Portal

Application Workshops

If you plan to apply for the Presidential Scholarship, you must complete an online Northridge Scholarship Program workshop to ensure you have all of the information needed to complete the application. The mandatory online workshop will provide useful advice and answer to common questions.

Here is the link to  Northridge Scholarship Program Application Workshop. Please refer to the application on the myMatador Scholarship Portal for updates and deadlines.

Responsibilities

If you are selected to be a University Scholar, you must develop a mentoring relationship with a faculty member by the end of the scholarship period or pursue scholarly activities, such as additional coursework, internships, research projects, or conference presentations. You must also attend scholarly events during the academic year, enroll in honors coursework when possible, and submit a progress report at the end of Fall semester. A one-time renewal may be possible through a scholarship renewal process.

Faculty

University Scholarship applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation from a Cal State Northridge faculty member. If you are asked to write a letter of recommendation for a student, you will be emailed through the online scholarship application. Once you submit the recommendation, the applicant will be notified but will not have access to the letter. 

University Scholars are encouraged to develop a mentoring relationship with a faculty member. If asked and you agree, you are encouraged to develop an acceptable plan that will meet the needs of the scholar while honoring your ongoing commitments. There is not a set requirement for the level of involvement between you and the scholar, but the student learning experience depends on the level of faculty engagement. The purpose of the program is to enhance the student's scholarly development and prepare the student to submit an application and project for the Presidential Scholarship and for post-baccalaureate education or work.

Please note that you are not required to build a mentor/mentee relationship in order to submit a recommendation letter.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact the Scholarship Office at x4907 or via email at scholarships@csun.edu.

CSUN Dreamers Scholarship

At California State University, Northridge we are dedicated to helping undocumented students have equal access to higher education by providing resources. The CSUN Dreamers Scholarship offers financial support for undergraduate students not eligible for the full range of financial aid typically available to students.

Awards

  • Scholarships of $2,500 for the academic year to students enrolled in 12 units or more. Eligible students may apply for this award up to four years.
  • Scholarships of $1,250 for the academic year to students enrolled in less than 12 units. Eligible students may apply for this award up to four years. Must be enrolled at least half-time.
  • Scholarships of $12,500 for the academic year for students residing in Student Housing.  Full-time students may receive this award one time only.
  • Scholarships of $8,800 for the academic year for undocumented students who are not AB 540 eligible.

Eligibility

  • AB 540, DACA or other undocumented status
  • Undergraduate Student
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Enrolled part time (6 to 8 units)

How to Apply

Application Deadline: To Be Determined

For more information about Dreamers, please visit the EOP Dream Center website.