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Emergency Broadband Program for Pell Grant Recipients

Students can save money on internet service!

May 5th, 2021:  Federal Pell Grant recipients are one of several groups of individuals who qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.  This Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying households.

Benefits

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide:

  • a discount of up to $50 per month for broadband services purchased by eligible households and up to $75 per month for households located on Tribal lands.
  • a one-time maximum discount of $100 for purchase of a desk, laptop or tablet computer from participating providers; however, consumers must contribute $10-$50 toward the actual purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who Is Eligible?

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is open to:

  • Federal Pell Grant recipients
  • Households with students receiving free and reduced-price lunch or school breakfast
  • Those who have lost jobs and seen their income reduced in the last year due to furloughs
  • Households that participate in an existing low-income or pandemic relief program offered by a broadband provider
  • Lifeline subscribers, including those who are on Medicaid or accept SNAP benefits

Access a full list of eligibility criteria at getemergencybroadband.org/do-i-qualify/.

When Can I Sign Up for the Benefit?

Starting on May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider.  The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever comes first.

The agency is urging students to familiarize themselves with the registration process as well as required documentation so that, come May 12, they’ll be able to enroll and work through the FCC verification process as soon as the program is live.

2020-2021 Cal Poly Pomona Pell Grant recipients will receive an email from the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships documenting their Pell Grant award.  This can be used for program eligibility documentation.  

How do I enroll?

Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting the Emergency Broadband Benefit program’s website.

For more information

To learn more about the program, visit the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit page.


IRS warns university students and staff of impersonation email scam

March 30th: The Internal Revenue Service today warned of an ongoing IRS-impersonation scam that appears to primarily target educational institutions, including students and staff who have “.edu” email addresses.

The phishing emails appear to target university and college students from both public and private, profit and non-profit institutions.

The suspect emails display the IRS logo and use various subject lines such as “Tax Refund Payment” or “Recalculation of your tax refund payment.” It asks people to click a link and submit a form to claim their refund.

People who receive this scam email should not click on the link in the email, but they can report it to the IRS. For security reasons, save the email using “save as” and then send that attachment to phishing@irs.gov or forward the email as an attachment to phishing@irs.gov. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and IRS Criminal Investigation have been notified.

Visit the IRS' Identity Theft Central to learn about the signs of identity theft and actions to take.

COVID-19 Relief Grants – Spring 2021

Cal Poly Pomona and the CSU are still waiting on guidance on the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (HEERF II) signed into law on December 27, 2020. We will post additional information here and on the Cal Poly Pomona HEERF Student Aid website as more information becomes available to us.

Status of CARES Grants (from CARES Act, Spring 2020)

We no longer have funding available under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act from Spring 2020.  However, we have University funding available to assist students with Emergency / Basic Needs - related expenses.

Federal Student Aid – Relief for Federal Student Loan Borrowers

To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 emergency, interest is being temporarily set at 0% on federal student loans. In addition, federal student loan borrowers were automatically placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payments. This 0% interest and suspension of payments will last from March 13, 2020, through at least Sept. 30, 2021, but you can still make payments if you choose.

Have questions? Find out what loans qualify, and get additional information about the 0% interest period, administrative forbearance, and other student loan flexibilities due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Complete your 2021 – 2022 Financial Aid Application Now!

The priority filing deadline is March 2, 2021.  Don’t miss your opportunity to be considered for California State and Cal Poly Pomona institutional grants.  Complete your aid application today! 

Financial Aid Workshops for 2021 – 2022

Have questions about FAFSA or CADAA? Attend one of the California Student Aid Commission’s Statewide Cash for College Webinars! These webinars will provide students and their families information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application.

All students welcome! Bring your questions!

Available Webinars:

    • Thursday, February 11, 2021:  5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Monday, February 22, 2021:   5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Thursday, February 25, 2021:  5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Register for a workshop now!

Don't know which application to complete? FAFSA filers are a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen. For more on FAFSA eligibility click here. CA Dream Application filers are undocumented and nonresident students. For more on CA Dream Application eligibility click here.

It’s not too late to complete your 2020 – 2021 financial aid application 

Even though the priority deadline has passed, we still encourage you to complete the appropriate application to be considered for financial aid for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 semesters! 

Spring 2021 Financial Aid & Payment of University Charges 

Financial aid recipients are required to pay the difference between all Spring university charges (including registration fees, on-campus housing and board plan) and pending Spring 2021 financial aid. Your balance due will automatically be deducted from your financial aid funds once they are released. 

View your pending financial aid in the Finances/Account Inquiry section of your Student Center. Payment for students receiving financial aid is due by February 13. 

After February 13, the fees box in the Finances section of your Student Center will indicate fees as "Past Due" until your balance is paid in full.  No payments are necessary if you have sufficient pending aid to cover your Fall charges.  

How to get in touch with us: COVID-19

With the safety of everyone in mind, we have moved to a virtual setting and are serving you like never before! 

  • Call us at 909.869.3700 for answers to your questions! If we aren't able to help you on the spot, we can make a phone appointment at a time that is convenient for you to speak with a counselor!  
  • Send us an email at finaid@cpp.edu but remember, we cannot accept documents to this email.  

Information About Financial Aid Scams

Need money for college? Doesn't everybody? With tuition bills skyrocketing, and room and board going through the roof, students and their families are looking for creative ways to finance a college education. Unfortunately, in their efforts to pay the bills, many of them are falling prey to scholarship and financial aid scams.

The most critical feature in identifying a scam whether there is a charge applied for a service. It is common for a needy family to pay $1,000 or more for assistance in obtaining financial aid. Such costs are inappropriate and a scam. If there is a promise of an improved amount or type of financial aid award the family can expect the offer is most likely a scam. It’s just not possible to guarantee an improved level of grant or scholarship support.

There are some legitimate companies that can assist in filing our forms and provide a legitimate level of assistance. Such costs should be relevant and appropriate for the level of service provided.

Virtually every financial office has professionals that provide assistance free of charge to families. Families can go to local college and sit down with a financial aid professional at no charge for help completing the required documents.

Learn more about avoiding scams on the Federal Student Aid website.

Latest Scam Alerts

December 2020 - SCAM WARNING!

The Federal Trade Commission recently issued a consumer alert about an emerging scam aimed at college students looking for a job. Cal Poly Pomona student employment information is typically only available via MyCPP or Handshake. Students interested in looking for a job at Cal Poly Pomona are encouraged to be cautious of suspicious emails received from outside organizations.

November 2020 - FTC Issues Warning to Frank Financial Aid

As part of its ongoing effort to monitor the marketplace for questionable claims arising from the COVID pandemic, FTC staff just sent a warning letter to New York-based Frank Financial Aid, raising concerns about representations regarding CARES Act grants, as well as a cash advance product the company is advertising.

What has FTC staff concerned? Some potentially misleading claims on Frank’s website. One fundamental fact to keep in mind is that for assistance through the Department of Education’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund created by the CARES Act, the Department has made it clear that each school has its own unique application process and “decides the criteria for qualified students to receive a grant, the grant amount, and how and when the grant will be disbursed (paid out) to students”

May 2020 - SCAM WARNING!

The Federal Trade Commission recently issued a consumer alert about an emerging scam aimed at college students and COVID-19 emergency grants. 

Before you click on a link in any email or share any of your sensitive information:

  • Check it out. If you have concerns about an email, contact the sender directly. Look up their phone number or website yourself. Don’t click on a link. That way, you’ll know you’re not about to call a scammer or follow a link that will download malware.
  • Take a closer look. While some phishing emails look completely legit, bad grammar and spelling can be a tip-off to phishing. Another clue that the email is not really from your school: they use the wrong department name. In one example we’ve seen, the scammers called themselves the Financial Dept or stated the email was from “the Financial Aid.”