March 22, 2021

This grant program has been established to provide emergency financial assistance for California Dream Act (CADAA) Applicants who meet the criteria and who are not eligible to receive a CSUN Cares for Students Grant.

1. Who is eligible to receive a CSUN COVID-19 Grant?

  • To be eligible a student must meet the following criteria:
  • Must have a valid 2020-21 CADAA on file no later than May 13, 2021
  • Must have an approved California Nonresident Tuition Exemption (AB540) confirmed by the Admissions & Records Department
  • CADAA file must be complete (no outstanding documents)
  • Must be enrolled in at least 1 unit for spring 2021
  • Must meet SAP
  • Must be enrolled in a degree-eligible program
  • Awards will be coordinated with other financial aid
  • Total aid cannot exceed Cost of Attendance (COA)

2. Do I have to apply for the COVID-19 Grant?
There is no application to complete. The Financial Aid & Scholarship Department will identify eligible students and the grant funds will be sent via direct deposit (eRefund) or through regular mail (paper check).

3. How soon will I receive my funds?
It may take 7-10 days to receive your funds one we identify you as eligible. Financial Aid funds are disbursed every Thursday evening and posted to your student account the following Friday.

4. Do I need to submit/attach any documents?
No. You do not have to submit documents to receive this grant however your CADAA file must be complete (no outstanding documents).

5. How did you determine the amount of grant I was eligible for?
Eligibility was determined by your Expected Financial Contribution (EFC) as calculated by the California DREAM Act Application. Once awards are determined, they are final and cannot be adjusted.

Students with 0 EFCAward Amount
Students with 1 - 5711 EFCAward Amount
All other students who filed a FAFSAAward Amount

6. Do I have to be enrolled full-time to receive a Covid-19 Grant?    
Students must be enrolled for spring 2021 at least part-time. Awards will be prorated according to the following criteria:



Undergraduate1 – 6 units7+ units
Graduate1-4 units5+ units

7. What can the funds be used for?
Eligible students may use the grants toward:

  • Any component of their cost of attendance
  • Emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as:
  • tuition
  • food
  • housing
  • health care (including mental)
  • child care

8. If I receive this grant, will it have to be paid back?
The CSUN COVID-19 Grant does not have to be paid back.

9. If I receive this grant, will it affect my financial aid?
This grant will be coordinated with other financial aid you have received during the academic year and the final grant amount may be adjusted.

10. If I owe a balance to the university, will that be taken out of my CSUN COVID-19 Grant funds?
No charges will be taken out. The funds will be sent directly to you via eRefund (if you are signed up) or via paper check to your address on file with Admissions & Records.

11. The account that I used for eRefund is wrong. How can I correct it?
You must contact the University Cash Services department. Please email them at      and include your name and student ID.

12. How do I know if I am signed up for eRefund?
To check your eRefund status, go to the ‘My Financial Matters’ tab on your myNorthridge Portal and select eRefund.  If the status is ‘active’, you will receive your CCS grant via direct deposit; if ‘inactive’, please enroll by entering your bank information on this page.

13. Where can I update my address on file with the university?
If you need to update your address on file with the university, you must go to and follow the instructions.

14. Who can I contact if I have questions?
You may send an email to  It may take a few days to get a response due to the volume of email.