Summer 2019 Financial Aid

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Get in Gear! Take 30 A Year!

Students who plan to enroll in 30 units across an entire academic year – including summer – stay on track to graduate in 2 years (for transfer) or 4 years (for freshmen).

Attending summer is a great way to make up units, make up a class you may have dropped, or just get ahead in your course work and complete your degree!  Financial aid can help offset the costs of taking classes during the summer.

The summer semester at CPP is considered the last term of the academic year. Your eligibility will be based off of your 2018-2019 FAFSA or DREAM application, and your aid options will typically consist of any aid you did not use during the academic year.

Important Dates: Summer Financial Aid Timeline

Date Event
03/04/2019 - 03/05/2019 Priority Registration 
03/06/2019 - 04/24/2019 General Registration 
04/25/2019 Summer Fees Due
05/29/2019 - 08/01/2019 10 Week Session Enrollment Period*
05/29/2019 - 06/27/2019 1st 5-Week Session Enrollment Period*
07/03/2019 - 08/01/2019 2nd 5-Week Session Enrollment Period*
08/01/2019 Last Day of Summer Classes

*Financial aid awards will be released 10 days prior to the beginning of each session as long as minimum unit requirements are met.Cal Poly Pomona Grant (CPPG): 

Cal Poly Pomona Grant is available to FAFSA and Dream Act filers who meet all awarding criteria (subject to available funding).

Awarding Criteria for Cal Poly Pomona Grant

  • Must have a FAFSA or Dream Act application on file for the 2018/2019 academic year
  • Has NOT already received or will not be receiving a Summer Completion Grant
  • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for the 18-19 school year
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less than $1,000
  • 2.7 cumulative GPA at the end of Fall 2018
  • Enrolled Full Time during the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Priority will be given to undergraduate Junior and Senior status as of Spring 2019
  • Minimum summer enrollment requirement of at least 1 unit
  • Students must not have tuition/fees waiver or 3rd party payment

Federal Pell Grant:

If you are an Undergraduate or Credential student, and you received a Federal Pell Grant during the Fall and/or Spring semesters, there are two ways you may be eligible to receive a Pell Grant during the Summer:

  1. Pell 1: If you did not enroll full-time in the Fall and Spring semesters, you may have remaining Pell Grant eligibility for the Summer semester
  2. Pell 2: If you received 100% of your scheduled Pell Grant award during the Fall and Spring semesters, you may be eligible for an additional Pell Grant payment for Summer, if you are enrolled in at least 6 units


2018-2019 Academic Year (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)

Semester Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
Enrolled Units 12 units 12 units 6 units*
% of Pell Used 50% 50% 25%

Award Amount w/ Expected w/
Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = $0

$3,047 $3,047 $1,523

*Example above shows award based on EFC = $0 and the student enrollment of 6 units.

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will determine your eligibility based on your enrollment status, financial need, and satisfactory academic progress status. 

Summer Pell Grant Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must have remaining Lifetime Pell Grant Eligibility. You can view your Pell Grant usage and determine your remaining eligibility on the NSLDS website (you will need your FSA ID to log in)
  • You must be meeting the terms of the CPP Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards
  • You must be an undergraduate student who has not yet earned your first bachelor's degree prior to the start of the summer semester.
  • You must meet the enrollment requirements for your grant
  • Awards will vary based on EFC
  • Awards are prorated based on units enrolled (must be enrolled in minimum 6 units)
  • Aggregate lifetime award cannot exceed 600% (6 years or 12 semesters of full-time enrollment)

Impact on your Pell Lifetime Eligibility:

Any Pell Grant disbursement you receive during the summer term will be applied towards your overall Pell Lifetime eligibility.  Please visit the NSLDS website to view your Grant usage and to determine the amount of eligibility you have remaining. 

Federal Stafford Loans: 

Summer financial aid funding is available from federal loan programs to CPP students. Eligibility for federal loans will depend upon your remaining/unused loan funds from the Fall and Spring semesters. 

Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan eligibility for the summer is subject to the maximum annual loan limits. Federal Stafford loans for summer are limited to loan amounts you have not used during the academic year (Fall & Spring).

In general, Subsidized & Unsubsidized Loans for Summer are available for students who:

  • Have not already used their full eligibility during the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Meet CPP’s SAP standards
  • Undergraduate & Credential Students:
    Enrolled in a minimum of 6 units during the Summer 2019 semester
  • Graduate/Professional Students:
    Enrolled at least half time during the Summer 2019 semester. 
Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Parent/Graduate)

Federal Direct PLUS Loans are available to graduate students as well as parents of undergraduate students. PLUS loan eligibility is dependent on credit history.  

The maximum PLUS Loan amount borrowed cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance (COA) minus any other financial assistance (including scholarships, work-study awards, and the Federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loan). Since there is no “annual maximum” for the PLUS Loan (other than cost of attendance):

  • A Parent PLUS Loan may be an option for dependent students who have borrowed their maximum annual Direct Student Loan amount (the parent would be the borrower).
  • A Graduate PLUS Loan may be an option for graduate or doctoral students who have borrowed their maximum annual Student Loan amount (the student would be the borrower). 
Private Loans: 

CPP students who have exhausted all other financial aid options may wish to pursue a private education loan to cover costs associated with the Summer semester. These loans typically require a co-signer. Although CPP is unable to recommend or advise students on specific private loan options, we have provided some general information on the Financial Aid & Scholarships website for you to keep in mind when considering and/or applying for a private loan.

Please keep the following information in mind when deciding whether or not to apply for a private loan:

  • All students should exhaust their federal student aid options before pursuing a private student loan, including all Federal Stafford Loans.
  • Students should only consider a private education loan if they have reached their federal student loan borrowing limit or are not eligible for federal aid.
  • Undergraduate Dependent students and parents should compare private loan costs with costs for the Federal PLUS Loan.
  • Graduate students should compare private loan costs such as interests, fees, and payback conditions for the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan.
  • Private student loans are usually higher interest loans with interest that accrues while the student is enrolled in school.
  • Most lenders will require a co-signer for a private loan. The co-borrower must have a good credit history.
  • Private loans will be certified for the amount requested – up to the student’s Summer Cost of Attendance minus any other financial aid the student is receiving for the Summer semester.
  • Summer Private loans will be certified for the Summer enrollment period only. Loans for the Standard Academic Year must be applied for separately.
Dropping Classes: 

Before you drop a summer class, read the refund and withdrawal schedule

Partial Withdrawal
If you receive financial aid for Summer and you drop one or more classes but not all classes before the end of the session, you may be required to repay part or all of the funds you received. If the withdrawal results in enrollment in less than 6 units for Summer, your financial aid awards will be cancelled and you will be billed for the resulting charges.

Full Withdrawal
If you receive financial aid for Summer and you withdraw from all courses before the end of the semester, you will most likely be required to return a portion of your aid. A calculation will be performed based on when you last attended and/or withdrew from your courses.

Please be aware that partial or full withdrawals from summer semester, where a grade of W is assigned, may impact your Satisfactory Academic Progress standing.

Summer Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP): 

All offers of summer financial aid are contingent on students successfully completing courses for the Spring semester. We will review grades at the end of the semester and if you do not meet the requirements of our Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP), your summer financial aid will be cancelled. If any summer financial aid funds have been disbursed prior to the SAP review, you may be billed. If it is determined that you are not eligible for summer aid due to not meeting SAP, you will be responsible for paying out of pocket for any summer fees.

Eligibility for Summer Aid (Descriptions for Financial Aid listed here are above):

How To Apply

Pell 1 Eligible if not exhausted during academic year Eligible if not exhausted during academic year Eligible if not exhausted during academic year May be eligible if enrolled in the Summer Bridge Program If you are eligible for Pell and did not attend full time during Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019, eligible amount will automatically be added to account if enrolled in at least 1 unit
Pell 2 Eligible if meets criteria above Eligible if meets criteria above Eligible if meets criteria above Not an option If you are eligible for Pell and attended full time during Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, eligible amount will automatically be added to account if enrolled in at least 6 units
CPPG Eligible if not awarded Summer Completion Grant May be eligible May be eligible

May be eligible if enrolled in the Early Start Program

Students who meet eligibility criteria above will be notified by email based on priority; starting with senior students.

Loans Eligible if not exhausted during academic year Eligible if not exhausted during academic year Eligible if not exhausted during academic year Not an option

If you have not exceeded the Annual Loan Limits for your grade level during the 18/19 academic year, you may submit an information update form if enrolled for at least half-time status