It is with pleasure that I announce the launch of the MataCare Grant, an
emergency fund for California State University, Northridge students
experiencing unexpected financial setbacks. Established through generous
contributions from alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of CSUN,
the program is designed to address urgent, one-time financial needs for
any CSUN student in good standing who is enrolled at least half-time.
While education-related expenses, including tuition and fees, are not
eligible, such needs as housing, child care, transportation and
medical/dental expenses qualify. The grant is not a loan and therefore
does not have to be repaid. Students may receive up to two grants during
their CSUN college careers.
I encourage you to share this information with students, and individuals
who may work with students, facing unanticipated financial roadblocks of a
nature that falls within the criteria for a MataCare Grant. Students who
demonstrate an urgent qualifying financial need (and can provide
documentation, when appropriate) and who have exhausted all sources of
financial assistance will be considered for a grant. The amount of each
grant award is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Generally speaking, applications received in the Financial Aid and
Scholarship Department by noon on Fridays will be reviewed by a committee
(comprised of students, faculty, staff and alumni) the following week.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome by email.
To review the online application and program details, visit
We are pleased to add this resource to the CSUN Food Pantry as a further
effort to address conditions that can have a negative impact on student
well-being and degree completion.