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Cost of Attendance, or a budget, is broadly defined as the average cost to attend Cal Poly Pomona for one academic year, which consists of the Fall and Spring semesters. Tuition and fees are paid directly to Cal Poly Pomona, but are only a part of your total education costs. You also have to budget for room and board (housing and food), books, and transportation. The Cost of Attendance budget helps you and the Office of  Financial Aid & Scholarships determine approximately how much money you need to attend Cal Poly Pomona, and how much financial aid you are eligible for to help meet that goal.    

Learn about what is included in the cost of college and ways to reduce college costs.

A standardized set of budgets is used as the basis for determining the cost of attendance at Cal Poly Pomona. With the exception of tuition and fees (and on-campus housing), all other components are based on the data from Cost of Attendance Survey administered by the California Student Aid Commission. The survey is conducted every three years (the last survey was conducted in 2018) and results are updated annually based on inflation for non-surveyed years.  We recommend that all students prepare a budget to help them manage their expenses and spend their financial aid wisely. 

  • Tuition & Mandatory Fees: Cost paid to Cal Poly Pomona for courses, includes mandatory campus fees.  This figure is based off anticipated enrollment in 12 units. 
  • Room and Board: The average cost per academic year to live in Pomona while attending Cal Poly Pomona. Actual costs may vary by individual choices related to location and circumstances (on-campus, off-campus, living at home) 
    • Commuter Room and Board reflects the lower costs of living at home. 
    • On-Campus Room and Board (Residence Halls) is based on the actual costs for a “Double Room” and unlimited meal per option. 
    • Off-Campus Room and Board is based on the average amount reported by Cal Poly Pomona students on the 2018 SEARS survey.  These figures assume a roommate. 
  • Books and Supplies: The average amount students spend on books and educational supplies.
  • Transportation:   The average transportation cost of traveling to and from Cal Poly Pomona (includes bus fare, gasoline, tolls, parking, etc.).  Amount does not include car payments, insurance, repairs or license fees
  • Personal/Misc. Expenses:   The average amount for personal expenses—from clothing and laundry to going to a movie or buying a pizza—each year. 

For informational purposes only:  In accordance with California Assembly Bill 990, Cal Poly Pomona provides the typical market cost of a one bedroom apartment in the Pomona area:  $1,562 per month (per www.apartments.com), as of January 1, 2021.

Below are the most recent tuition and cost estimates for an academic year (fall and spring semesters). Keep in mind that these estimated amounts will probably differ from the amount you actually pay, as these expenses are not paid directly to Cal Poly Pomona (with the exception of Cal Poly Pomona On-Campus Housing).  You have some control over your actual costs based on the choices you make. 

2021 - 2022 Cost of Attendance for California Residents (as of February 19, 2021)

2021 - 2022 Cost of Attendance Budgets - California Residents
Expenses Commuter On-Campus  
Housing
Off-Campus  
Housing
Tuition & Mandatory Fees $7,438  $7,438  $7,438
Room and Board  $7,645 $16,330  $13,643
Books  $1,045 $1,045 $1,045
Travel  $1,828 $1,076 $1,582
Personal/Misc.  $2,250 $2,127 $2,126
TOTAL   $20,206
$28,016 $25,904 


The figures 
used for all categories (except Tuition & Fees and On Campus Room & Board) represent the average expenses reported by Cal Poly Pomona students in the 2018 Student Expenses and Resources Survey (SEARS), conducted by the California Student Aid Commission.  1,500 students from Cal Poly Pomona were contacted regarding the survey – and the response rate was 12.8%. 

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code). 

Below are the most recent tuition and cost estimates for an academic year (fall and spring semesters). Keep in mind that these estimated amounts will probably differ from the amount you actually pay, as these expenses are not paid directly to Cal Poly Pomona (with the exception of Cal Poly Pomona On-Campus Housing).  You have some control over what actual costs based on the choices you make. 

*Non-Resident students are assessed the CA Resident Tuition and Fees, plus an additional $396 per unit in Non-Resident Tuition. The figure below is based on enrollment in 30 units for the academic year (15 units per semester). 

2021 - 2022 Cost of Attendance Budgets - Non California Residents (as of February 19, 2021)

2021 - 2022 Cost of Attendance for Non California Residents
Expenses Commuter On-Campus  
Housing
Off-Campus  
Housing
Non-Resident Tuition* $11,880 $11,880 $11,880
Tuition & Mandatory Fees $7,438  $7,438  $7,438
Room and Board  $7,645  $16,330  $13,643
Books  $1,045 $1,045 $1,045
Travel  $1,828 $1,076 $1,582
Personal/Misc.  $2,250 $2,127 $2,196
TOTAL   $32,086
$39,896  $37,784 


The figures 
used for all categories (except Tuition & Fees and On Campus Room & Board) represent the average expenses reported by Cal Poly Pomona students in the 2018 Student Expenses and Resources Survey (SEARS), conducted by the California Student Aid Commission.  1,500 students from Cal Poly Pomona were contacted regarding the survey – and the response rate was 12.8%.  

 

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code). 

Cal Poly Pomona is proud to offer the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE - pronounced "woo-ee") program. This program offers qualified non-resident, freshmen and transfers, students the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams for just a fraction of the non-resident tuition!

WUE Map

 

What is WUE?

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program is designed to permit students from participating states (listed above) to attend Cal Poly Pomona at reduced tuition rates. Students participating in Cal Poly Pomona's WUE program pay 150% more than the regular, California Resident (in-state) tuition rate.  

WUE tuition is considerably less than nonresident tuition. At Cal Poly Pomona, nonresidents who do not participate in WUE pay $396 per unit in addition to state tuition fees.

2021 - 2022 Cost of Attendance for WUE Participants (as of 2/19/2021)

2021 - 2022 Cost of Attendance Budgets - WUE Participants
Expenses Commuter On-Campus  
Housing
Off-Campus  
Housing
Tuition & Mandatory Fees $10,310
$10,310 $10,310
Room and Board  $7,645 $16,330  $13,643
Books  $1,045 $1,045 $1,045
Travel  $1,828 $1,076 $1,582
Personal/Misc.  $2,250  $2,127 $2,196
TOTAL   $23,078  $30,888  $28,776  


The figures 
used for all categories (except Tuition & Fees and On Campus Room & Board) represent the average expenses reported by Cal Poly Pomona students in the 2018 Student Expenses and Resources Survey (SEARS), conducted by the California Student Aid Commission.  1,500 students from Cal Poly Pomona were contacted regarding the survey – and the response rate was 12.8%. 

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code). 

Who is Eligible for WUE?

Eligibility is determined during the admissions process for Freshmen and Transfer Students.  No additional application process is available.

How do I stay in the WUE program?

To remain in Cal Poly Pomona's WUE program in subsequent years, you must:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average)
  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student
  • Maintain non-residency status of California for tuition purposes.

The duration of the program is limited to:

  • 4 years for first time freshmen students
  • 2 years for transfer students

Cal Poly Pomona provides several tools to help you estimate the costs associated with earning your degree. We encourage you to use them in order to have a better understanding of the true cost of attendance. 

College Scorecard 
With the College Scorecard, you can see annual costs at Cal Poly Pomona that factor in room & board, student aid, and your family income. 

Cal Poly Pomona Tuition website 
Review the current Tuition & Fees information for Cal Poly Pomona. 

Housing and Food Services 
Research the room and meal rates for On-Campus Housing 

Federal Student Aid Budgeting Video: