I just came across this post by random chance.. It just so happens that I am from Northridge and currently attending APU... I would say your best chance is to go to APU... As you mentioned the state funding is not good right now and that could potentially really hurt you. As for financial aid? yeah they will give you some, but if you compare it to what APU is willing to give and the quality of the university APU will always be a better choice. That's notme being biased or anything.
Yeah, I'm also part of the FB page of 2014 and APU is EXTREMELY HOMEY.As in they make you feel very much so welcomed. I would recommend it.. but keep in mind all the policies, rules, and regulations coming with the Christian college part of it.
from the heart of hollywood to APU, without any traffic takes about 30-40 minutes.
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