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

How to View Your Financial Aid Award

It's easy to view the amount of your financial aid award. Follow the steps below to learn how.

  1. Go to the CSUN home page and log into the myNorthridge Portal

Northridge Portal

        2. Once you are logged in, select the Financial Matters tab.

Financial Matters

3. Locate the box called Financial Aid Essentials and select Check Your Awards.

4. Select the award year.

Award Year

5. You will then see the award for the entire academic year and is based on full-time enrollment. We recommend for you to view your award by term so that you can clearly see how much funds you have been awarded for each semester. See below for an example of an award. Note: grants will always be accepted on your behalf, but if you are interested in accepting your loans you can view the How to Accept Your Loans tutorial.

How to View Anticipated Aid and Outstanding Charges

Anticipated aid is financial aid you've accepted as part of your award but has not yet been paid to your account; the aid is paid out after you enroll. Your student account may show your financial aid as anticipated aid prior to the disbursement of your funds. All grants, scholarships and loans that were certified are considered anticipated aid prior to disbursement. These funds will not be disbursed until you have turned in all required paperwork and enrolled in sufficient units. If you do not complete the requirements in a timely fashion, your aid may be canceled and you will have to pay any costs owed to the university.

Once your financial aid award is applied to your charges, the anticipated aid will disappear. University Cash Services will mail you a balance check if any amount of your financial aid award is not used to cover outstanding charges. If you have signed up for eRefund, funds will be electronically deposited to your account. 

All tuition and other fees must be paid by the deadlines stated in the Fee Payment Schedule.  Anticipated aid may prevent you from being removed from classes, but you must complete and submit all required paperwork with sufficient time for processing. Questions regarding removal from classes should be directed to University Cash Services. You may reach them at (818) 677-8000, Option 1.

Anticipated Aid Tutorial

  1. Log into the myNorthridge Portal. Once logged on, you should be in the Home tab. In the Quick Link box, select the SOLAR Student Center icon. Make sure the portal link opens in a new browser tab.

    SOLAR Student Center 

  2. Under Finances, select Account Information to view your anticipated aid and outstanding charges.

    Account Information 

California State University makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, California State University must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date of instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All California State University listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees.

The amount of financial aid you receive may change if you alter your class schedule or do not meet other eligibility requirements. See "What Affects My Aid" under Financial Aid Basics for more information.

How to View Your Financial Aid Balance Check (eRefund)

It's easy to view the amount of your financial aid balance check, or eRefund. Follow the steps below to learn how.

  1. Go to the CSUN home page and log into the myNorthridge Portal.

    Northridge Portal

  2. Go to Student Account Summary under the My Checklist area.

    Student Account Summary

  3. Select Show History and find FINANCIAL AID BALANCE CHECK.

    Show History

Video Instructions for the FAFSA

Is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) overwhelming you? Watch "7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA"  for simple step-by-step video instructions on the process.

How to Accept a Loan

Follow the steps below to accept a loan. Unlike a grant, a loan must be repaid. For more information, see the Award and Planning Guide.

1. Log onto the myNorthridge Portal. This will take you to the Home tab. Select the Financial Matters tab.

Financial Matters

2. Locate the box called Financial Aid Essentials. Select "Accept Loans."

Accept Loans

If you do not see the Financial Aid Essentials box, select the +Add Content button to add it.

3. Select the award year.

Award Year

4. Determine the amount and type of loans you want to borrow.

Amount and Type

There are many options available on the Accept My Student Loan page, so please read carefully through the following information before selecting the "submit" button. Use the "clear all" button to reset your selections. Only select the "submit" button if you are satisfied with your selection(s).

4a. How do I accept the maximum amount on every loan?

  • Select the "accept all" button. The "accept" checkbox next to every loan should now be checked. Select the "submit" button to proceed.

    Accept All

4b. How do I decline every loan?

  • Select the "decline all" button. The "decline" checkbox next to every loan should now be checked. Select the "submit" button to proceed.

    Decline All

4c. I was awarded both subsidized and unsubsidized loans. How do I only accept the subsidized loan?

  • Select the "accept" checkbox next to the subsidized loan only. Accept the maximum amount or modify the amount. Select the "submit" button to proceed.
  • Please note, you choose to decline the unsubsidized loan now or leave it in offer status, and activate it at a later time. 

    Accept Subsidized

4d. I do not want to borrow the maximum amount offered. How do I only accept a portion of the loan?

  • Select the "accept" checkbox next to the loan you want to accept. You will now be able to modify the amount. You may only enter whole dollar amounts and not cents. Select the "update totals" button and the system will recalculate your accepted total. Select the "submit" button to proceed.
  • Please note, you are only able to reduce the amount offered. You cannot enter an amount that exceeds the offered amount. 

    Accept Portion 

    Accept Portion

4e. When I reduce the subsidized loan amount, the unsubsidized loan grays out. Why?

  • You must accept the entire subsidized loan before you can take out the unsubsidized loan. If you reduced the subsidized loan in error and want to accept both loans, select the "clear all" button to start over.

    Accept Student Loan

5. Confirmation page: After selecting the "submit" button, the accepted or declined amount will appear on the portal. The Financial Aid & Scholarship Department will verify that loan entrance counseling has been completed and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) has been submitted. Students who do not fulfill both loan requirements will not receive any loan funds.

New borrowers

If you are a first-time direct Stafford loan borrower and wish to complete loan entrance counseling/an MPN at, please select the "Stafford" button and you will be redirected to the government's website. Otherwise, select the "return" button and go back to the portal. To complete the requirements at a later time, go directly to

Continuing borrowers

If you previously borrowed direct Stafford loans, you generally do not need to complete a new MPN every year. For example, if you received direct Stafford loan funds anytime during the 2016-2017 award years, the MPN you completed will likely be linked to future loans for up to 10 years. Contact the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department with questions.

Submit Confirmation

6. When do I have to complete a Federal Direct Loan Request Form?

You must complete a Federal Direct Loan Request Form if:

  • You initially declined the whole loan through the portal, but now you would like to borrow the loan.
  • You only accepted a portion of the original loan amount, and now you would like to borrow the rest.
  • You accepted the maximum loan amount initially but currently qualify for more loans (e.g., you were awarded as a sophomore for the fall semester but now qualify as a junior for the spring semester.)

How to Get an IRS Tax Transcript

For step by step instructions on how to Get your IRS Tax Transcript, watch this short video tutorial about the process.

How to Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool On FAFSA

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available for the FAFSA.  For instructions on how to use the data retrieval tool, go to 

How to Submit the Electronic Dependent Verification Worksheet

How to Submit the Electronic Independent Verification Worksheet