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University Scholarships


Behind Every Gift is a Student's Future

Ensuring the excellence and diversity of our student body.

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“I have always dreamed about being able to help other people. So this is why I want to pursue an education in science and medicine," said Biochemistry student Shannon Arias Ortega. "I also want to make a difference to set an example to generations that come after me that they can do whatever they want, no matter where they come from. The scholarship I received means so much to me. It makes a big difference being able to not have to spend as much time working and just focusing on my education.”

Today’s college students graduate with nearly $40,000 in student loans, an increase of $20,000 from 13 years ago. The skilled job market requires education beyond high school, and so incoming students are often faced with a tough decision. Many times, the determining factor of choosing a school is affordability based on financial aid packages.

CSUN is committed to giving students the opportunity to achieve more than they imagined possible through its academic excellence, innovative programming and first-class faculty. Part of CSUN’s vibrant learning culture is its diverse student body, ensuring varied perspectives in classroom discussion. About two-thirds of CSUN’s undergraduate students are first-generation college students and more than half are Pell Grant recipients, which means they come from families whose annual income is at or near the federal poverty line of $20,000 for a family of four.

Even those who qualify for need-based financial aid may not have their needs met due to changes in eligibility. In order for CSUN to remain affordable and accessible for every qualified student, it relies on scholarships. Scholarships may be awarded based on academic, artistic or athletic merit and can help close the gap between the aid students need and what they receive.

Scholarships are also an important recruitment tool, giving students from any background the opportunity to pursue higher education. The financial relief of a scholarship also allows students to fully focus on their studies and engage and participate in the variety of programming and activities offered to students that enrich their education.

Your support of student scholarships not only ensures the future excellence of CSUN by attracting the most talented students, but also is an endorsement of the student's potential for success. Your gift today enables a student’s future.