FINANCIAL AID

MataCare Emergency Grant

The application period for Fall 2020 is September 22nd to December 2nd. Applications must be received by the deadline in order to be reviewed.

Please note that no applications will be reviewed from November 24th to December 1st due to the Thanksgiving recess.

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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. If awarded, you will be asked to submit a thank-you letter to our donors.

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

  • Be a matriculated CSUN student in good academic standing. Students enrolled through Open University are not eligible.
  • Be enrolled in required minimum of units (6 units undergraduate and credential; 3 units for graduate, certificate)
  • Have paid all outstanding charges to the university in full or be up to date on payment plan
  • Be able to demonstrate an urgent financial need (must provide supporting documentation where appropriate)
  • Have exhausted all sources of financial assistance and aid, including accepting a Direct Subsidized Loan
  • Be in good conduct and academic standing (2.00 GPA. undergrads; 3.00 GPA credential, graduate, certificate)
  • Have not previously received two MataCare grants

Applications must include a statement explaining the emergency that created the emergency need and how the grant will be used as well as documentation that supports the request.  Documentation can include receipts, bills, leases, police reports, pay stubs, letters, news reports, obituaries, etc.  If documentation is unavailable, your statement should explain why there is no documentation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The MataCare Grant is not a loan and does not need to be repaid. These grants are meant to address urgent one-time needs not recurring or expected expenses.  Students with ongoing issues should meet with a financial aid counselor to develop long-term solutions. 

The amount of a MataCare Grant depends on the nature of an individual request, documentation provided and the availability of funds. If approved, applicants will be notified of the outcome by email and funds will usually be issued the following week.  Sign up for e-refund on your portal to have funds deposited directly into your checking account.

If you have any questions about the MataCare Grant Program; the process, the application, your situation, please see our FAQ's.

MataCare Grant Application - In addition to the form you must include a typed statement and supporting documentation. 

Submission: We do not currently have an online submission option for MataCare.  Please mail your completed application to: Financial Aid & Scholarship Department, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8307 or you may fax it to (818) 677-6787.

In addition, some of our students are using web services such as faxzero.com, gotfreefax.com or mobile apps such as Fax Burner and FaxFile to email their applications to our fax machine. These are other options you may use to submit your application online.

All documents submitted will be kept private and will not be shared with any other department or government agency.