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Financial Support

In response to COVID-19, some resources have modified their operational hours/procedures. For updated details and announcements, please visit the designated webpage for each resource.

Between books, food, classes, and transportation, going to school can be quite an expense. With this in mind, CSUN provides opportunities for financial assistance to help reduce these costs.

MataCare Grant

The MataCare Grant exists to help students with unexpected urgent financial needs.


Matacare Emergency Grant on Financial Aid Website


MataCare Emergency Grant is located at the Financial Aid and Scholarship Department.


Hours of operation:

Fall and Spring

  • Monday & Thursday: 10 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 am - 6:30 pm
  • Friday: 10 am – 4 pm


Service(s) Provided:

  • Funding to help students recover from a one-time emergency expense. The average award amount is $550.



  • Be a matriculated CSUN student (students enrolled through Open University are not eligible).
  • Be enrolled in at least 3 units as an undergraduate; credential; graduate, or certificate student
  • International and undocumented students are eligible
  • Provide a detailed explanation of the urgent financial need along with supporting documentation

Veterans Resource Center (VRC)

CSUN Veterans Resource Center 

The VRC promotes academic, personal, and professional development of student veterans, reservists, members of the National Guard, and their dependents through supportive services, resources, and community building events.

(818) 677-4672

Veterans Resource Center Website


The Location of the VRC is at the University Student Union, across from the East Conference Center, between the Shake Smart and USU Computer Lab


Hours of operation:

Fall & Spring Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Friday: 10 am – 3 pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: Closed 

Service(s) Provided: 

  • Student Veteran Emergency Relief Fund
  • Referrals to academic assistance programs, scholarships, and benefit programs


  • Student Veteran Emergency Relief Fund: Must be a CSUN student veteran experiencing extreme financial hardship. A student must contact the VRC Coordinator to schedule an appointment and submit an application for emergency relief.

Affordable Learning $olutions (AL$)

 CSUN Affordable Learning Solutions

AL$, or Affordable Learning Solutions, is an initiative by the CSU Chancellor’s office to promote the use of low- or no-cost course materials to reduce the financial burden on students.

(818) 677-3916

Affordable Learning Solutions Website


We are a team comprised of stakeholders throughout the campus community, including the CSUN Campus Store, Disability Resources and Educational Services, the Oviatt Library, and Faculty Technology Center.



Service(s) Provided: 

  • Connect faculty and students to experts on course materials at Campus Store, the Oviatt Library, and DRES
  • Provide professional development stipend, workshop, and network opportunities on high quality, affordable course materials


Matador Exchange


A marketplace exclusively for CSUN students to buy, sell, or trade items with other CSUN students. The Matador Exchange is a market for items from furniture, electronics, and sports equipment to textbooks and school supplies. Sponsored by the Associated Students Sustainability Center. Matador Exchange seeks to encourage students to reduce the waste of unneeded items that may be of use to other students. The Program also includes a section for free school supplies donated to the Sustainability Center.

(818) 777-4262

Matador Exchange Website


Sustainability Center


Hours of operation:

Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm 

Service(s) Provided: 

  • Free school supplies are provided by the Sustainability Center apart from other students items.



  • You must be a CSUN student!