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When considering the cost of college, it’s important to look at the value of the education you will get. Cal Poly Pomona consistently ranks as one of the top 100 best values in public colleges, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. 

Cost of Attendance, or Budget, is broadly defined as the average cost to attend Cal Poly Pomona for one academic year (Fall & Spring semesters).  A budget includes tuition and an estimate of average costs for books and supplies, room and board, transportation and personal expenses. 

The Cost of Attendance budget helps you and the Financial Aid Office determine approximately how much money you need to attend Cal Poly Pomona, and how much financial aid you need to meet that goal.   

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

Below are the most recent tuition and cost estimates for an academic year (fall and spring semesters).   

2023 - 2024 Cost of Attendance for California Residents (as of March 1, 2023)

2023 - 2024 Cost of Attendance Budgets - California Residents
Expenses Commuter On-Campus  
Housing
Off-Campus  
Housing
Tuition & Mandatory Fees $7,438 $7,438 $7,438
Living Expenses (Food & Housing)
$8,967 $16,682 $17,936
Books, Supplies, Equipment $995 $995 $995
Transportation $2,204 $1,735 $2,790
Personal Expenses  $2,486 $2,306 $3,137
Direct Loan Fees $70 $70 $70
TOTAL   $22,160
$29,226 $32,336  

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).

2023 - 2024 Cost of Attendance Budgets - Non California Residents (as of March 1, 2023)

2023 - 2024 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
Living Expenses (Food & Housing)
$8,967  $16,682 $17,936
Books, Supplies, Equipment $995 $995 $995
Transportation $2,204 $1,735 $2,790
Personal Expenses  $2,486 $2,306 $3,137
Direct Loan Fees $70 $70 $70
TOTAL   $34,040
$41,406  $44,246 

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

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.

2023 - 2024 Cost of Attendance for WUE Participants (as of March 1, 2023)

2023 - 2024 Cost of Attendance Budgets - WUE Participants
Expenses Commuter On-Campus  
Housing
Off-Campus  
Housing
Tuition & Mandatory Fees $10,310
$10,310 $10,310
Living Expenses (Food & Housing)
$8,967 $16,682 $17,936
Books, Supplies, Equipment $995 $1,995 $995
Transportation $2,204 $1,735 $2,790
Personal Expenses  $2,486 $2,306 $3,137
Direct Loan Fees $70 $70 $70
TOTAL   $25,032 $32,098  $35,238  

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?

Cal Poly Pomona freshman and transfer applicants who are residents of Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) states are automatically considered for WUE. No additional application is necessary. Program recipients are selected based on their academic profile and will be issued to the top 15% of WUE admits.

Recipients are notified by the Office of Admissions in April.

How do I find out more?

Cal Poly Pomona is a participating institution in the WUE Program. Information is available from the Cal Poly Pomona, Office of Admissions website, as well as the Western Undergraduate Exchange website.

A standardized set of budgets is used as the basis for determining the cost of attendance at Cal Poly Pomona. 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 2021 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 32.47%. 

Amounts are updated annually based on inflation and the Consumer Price Index for non-surveyed years.

No distinction is made with respect to the mode of instruction in determining costs – students enrolled in online courses or a fully online program have the same elements included in their cost of attendance budget.

  • Tuition & Mandatory Fees: Cost paid to Cal Poly Pomona for courses, includes mandatory campus fees.  This figure is based off anticipated enrollment in 7 or more units. 
  • Living Expenses (Food and Housing): The average cost per academic year to live in the Pomona / LA County area 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 Food and Housing reflects the lower costs of living at home. 
    • On-Campus Food and Housing (Residence Halls) is based on the actual costs for a “Double Room” and the unlimited meal plan option, which provides for 21 meals per week. 
    • Off-Campus Food and Housing is based on the average amount reported by Cal Poly Pomona students on the 2021 SEARS survey.  These figures assume a roommate.
      • Food =  $781 per month
      • Housing = $1,211 per month
  • Books, Course Materials, Supplies, and Equipment: The average amount students spend on books and educational supplies.
  • Transportation:   The average transportation cost between campus, residences, and place of work (includes bus fare, gasoline, tolls, parking, etc.).  Amount does not include car payments, insurance, repairs or license fees.
  • Personal Expenses:   The average amount for personal expenses which includes clothing, personal care, cell phone plan, and health care costs not covered by insurance.
  • Federal Direct Loan Fees:   For students who borrow a Direct Loan, the average cost of the loan origination fee; for parents who borrow a Direct PLUS loan on behalf of their dependent student, the actual cost of the PLUS loan origination fee.

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:  $2,137 per month (per www.apartments.com), as of January 1, 2023.

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. 

Net Price & Cost Calculator
By answering a few simple questions, the Cal Poly Pomona Net Price & Cost Calculator will present you with an early estimate of your full-time cost of attendance and financial aid at CPP. 

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 

Below are the cost of attendance budgets from 2022-2023.

California Resident COA Budget

2022-2023 Cal Poly Pomona Costs of Attendance, based on 7+ units per semester enrollment (as of 3/01/2022)

2022-2023 Cal Poly Pomona Costs of Attendance for CA residents
CA Residents   Live with Family (Commuter)  Live on Campus  Live off Campus 
Tuition and Fees  $7,438 $7,438 $7,438

 
Additional Costs** $13,214 $20,740 $19,216

 
Total  $20,652 $28,178
$26,654

**The following items are included in the "Additional Costs” listed in the chart above: Room & Board, Books & Supplies, Transportation, and Personal Expenses.


Non California Resident COA Budget

2022-2023 Cal Poly Pomona Costs of Attendance, based on 7+ units per semester enrollment (as of 3/01/2022)
2022-2023 Cal Poly Pomona Costs of Attendance for Non-CA residents
Non-CA Residents   Live with Family (Commuter)  Live on Campus  Live off Campus 
Tuition and Fees  $19,318  $19,318  $19,318
Additional Costs** $13,214  $20,740
$19,216
Total  $32,532  $40,058  $38,534

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

**The following items are included in the "Additional Costs” listed in the chart above: Room & Board, Books & Supplies, Transportation, and Personal Expenses.

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).