Financial Assistance

Scholarships: Scholarships are a type of aid that does not have to be repaid and are awarded based on need or merit.

Grants: Grants are a form of gift aid and do not need to be repaid.

Fellowships: Fellowships are fund study or research based. Awards are made on a competitive basis, with no regard for financial need. Fellowships are designed with specific goals in mind and are not generally used for exploratory purposes.

Work-Study: Federal Work-Study is a federally funded student employment program where you can earn money to pay for your college costs.

Loans: Loans are borrowed money that have to be repaid at some point. They are available under varying terms and conditions. The Federal Stafford loans are the most common low-interest loans.

NOTE: The definitions for Scholarships and Fellowships are sometimes used interchangeably.



CSUN Sociology Department and AKD Kappa Chapter Awards

  • AKD International Honor Society Paper Competition (more info).


Financial Aid & Scholarship Department

Types of Financial Aid:


Scholarship Search Engines


Graduate Studies

Student Financial Opportunities

Graduate Studies' Facebook Page‏


Sociological Associations- Awards & Scholarships

Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society

Pacific Sociological Association

American Sociological Association

California Sociological Association

Society for the Study of Social Problems

Sociologists for Women in Society


CSU: The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program