MataCare Emergency Grant


The MataCare Grant exists to help students with unexpected urgent financial needs. The MataCare Grant Fund was established through generous contributions from alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university who want to assist in removing unanticipated financial roadblocks to student degree completion and well-being.  The Grant is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.  

Matriculated CSUN students in good standing can apply for a MataCare Grant up to two times during their career at CSUN.  These grants are meant to address urgent one-time needs.  Students with ongoing issues should meet with a financial aid counselor to develop long-term solutions.  The Financial Aid and Scholarship Department is located in the first floor Student Lobby in Bayramian Hall. Examples of emergencies to be considered include, but are not limited to:

  • Utilities
  • Housing/Rent
  • Food/Meals
  • Medical/Dental expenses
  • Personal automobile expenses
  • Public transportation/bus pass
  • Child care
  • Gas

Examples of expenses that will not be considered are:

  • Full or partial tuition costs
  • Previous debts to the university
  • Legal representation
  • Books
  • Entertainment expenses

To be eligible to receive a MataCare Grant a student must:

  • Be enrolled in required minimum of units (6 units undergraduate and credential; 3 units for graduate, certificate)
  • Be able to demonstrate an urgent financial need (Providing supporting documentation where appropriate)
  • Have exhausted all sources of financial assistance and aid, including Direct Subsidized Loan
  • Be in good conduct and academic standing (2.00 GPA. undergrads; 3.00 GPA credential, graduate, certificate)

The amount of a MataCare Grant depends on the nature of an individual request, documentation provided and the availability of funds.  In Spring 2017, the average award amount was $547.  Most applications will be reviewed and receive a decision within 3-5 days.  If approved, funds will usually be issued within a week of receiving your application.  Applicants will be notified of the outcome by email.  Sign up for e-refund on your portal to have funds deposited directly into your checking account.

Applications must include documentation that supports the request, if appropriate.  Documentation can include receipts, bills, leases, police reports, pay stubs, letters, news reports, obituaries, etc.  If documentation is unavailable, attach a statement that explains why there is no documentation.

If you have any questions about the MataCare Grant Program; the process, the application, your situation, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Department.  We are here to help.

The MataCare Grant program has ended for Spring 2018 and will resume in Fall 2018.  Check back here for a link to application in mid-September.