Urban and Regional Planning

Financial Aid

The California State University is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. With 23 campuses, almost 437,000 students, and 44,000 faculty and staff, we are the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country.

The University maintains information about the estimated cost of your education, including estimates of tuition, fees, and living expenses. Please note additional fees are charged for non-residents. Since classes are offered in the evening, most are able to work in planning while they obtain their degree, gaining valuable experience and reducing the amount student loans that may be required.

The University's Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships is available to assist you with obtaining the finances you need to complete your degree. Their website provides you with the information necessary to navigate through the financial aid process. Applicants are encouraged to investigate all potential forms of aid for which they may be eligible.


Thanks to generous donations by Cal Poly Pomona alumni and supporters over the years and community projects that are funded by clients, the department funds a limited number of research assistant positions each year. These are awarded on a competitive basis and are linked to faculty research projects. Awards are typically around $1,500 and are merit-based. Research assistants typically go to graduate students, but undergraduate students may be considered. The department may also offer these assistantships to outstanding incoming students.

The URP Alumni Association offers a series of Dale Prize Scholarship in concert with the Annual Dale Prize Colloquium. These awards are based on an essay competition.

Funded Research & Outreach Projects

Faculty may have funded research and outreach projects which provide the opportunity for employment and internship hours for planning students. Applicants are encouraged to inquire about the availability of such opportunities to enhance their academic experience, as well as provide additional funding.

Support for Conference Attendance

Working with the undergraduate and graduate student planning clubs, the department helps fund up to ten students to attend conferences of the American Planning Association.