FINANCIAL AID

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Resources

Watch short video answers to your questions about paying for college.



Here you will find valuable information that will connect you to various resources regarding the basic needs of students in the CSUN campus community.


As a supplement to the Verification Worksheet, the verification guide provides answers to common questions, important links and work sheet samples.


Your guide to the financial aid award process — learn about the types of funds available, average costs, and important rights and regulations.


Review the easy-to-understand loan acceptance and anticipated aid tutorials, so there isn’t a delay in receiving your financial aid funds.


Step-by-step instructions on how to obtain tax transcripts and submit proof of Selective Service registration, citizenship status, and eligible noncitizen status.


Financial aid terminology can seem like a language unto itself. Get the meaning behind the monetary jargon by looking up terms in this simple glossary.


Do you keep a personal budget? When was the last time you checked your FICO score? Let us help you get the essentials in order and answer these questions with ease.


If you need help filing your tax return, check out the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at CSUN. If you plan to prepare your own tax return, take a look at comparison reviews of online tax software before you begin the process.


Industry expert Andrew Poulos compares online tax software and reviews six leading products.


Take a look at specialized programs aimed at erasing student loans after graduation. If you're willing work in a certain area as a teacher or nurse, you may have a chance of kissing those loans goodbye.


These outside resources will help navigate your financial aid journey. Take a look at these links for further assistance.



See how many CSUN students in the 2018-2019 school year were affected by financial aid.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

CSUN CARES GRANT PROGRAM FAQs

Q. When will CSUN open another Cares Grant application period?
A. The university is preparing to open a third application period in early Fall 2020.

Q. How will I be notified if I am eligible?
A. You will be sent a communication via your CSUN email.

Q. Who is eligible for a Cares Grant?
A. Students who are Title IV eligible financial aid recipients. We encourage all students to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may apply at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.

Q. Does the grant have to be paid back?
A. The CSUN Cares Grant does not have to be paid back. 

Q. Will this grant affect my financial aid?
A. The CSUN Cares grant will not affect your eligibility for financial aid.

Q. If I owe a balance to the university, does that get taken out of my CSUN Cares Grant funds?
A. The funds will be sent directly to you via eRefund (if you are already signed up) or via check. No charges will be taken out.

Q. Where can I update my address on file with the university?
A. If you need to update your address on file with the university, you must go to https://www.csun.edu/admissions-records/update-personal-information and follow the instructions.

Q. If I’m currently receiving aid from EDD for unemployment. Can I still apply for the Cares grant?
A. That is not a question we are qualified to answer. You may wish to ask the applicable agency.  Just a note that the grant does not have to be paid back and the grant will not affect your eligibility for financial aid.

Q. Will the grant affect my VA benefits in future semesters?
A. That is not a question we are qualified to answer. You may wish to ask the applicable agency. Just a note that the grant does not have to be paid back and the grant will not affect your eligibility for financial aid.