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Undergraduate Costs Overview

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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.   

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: Bedroom:  $1,562 per month (per www.apartments.com), as of January 1, 2021.

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).   

2021-2022 Cal Poly Pomona Costs of Attendance, based on 7+ units per semester enrollment (as of 2/19/2021)
2021-2022 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** $12,768 $20,578 $18,466

 
Total  $20,206 $28,016
$25,904

 

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).  

2021-2022 Cal Poly Pomona Costs of Attendance, based on 7+ units per semester enrollment (as of 2/19/2021)
2021-2022 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** $12,768  $20,578
$18,466

 
Total  $32,086  $39,896  $37,784

 

*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.

2020 - 2021 Cost of Attendance for WUE Participants

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
Additional Costs
$12,768 $20,578 $18,466
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?

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.

The following items are included in the "Additional Costs” listed in the charts above. 

Room & Board 
The average cost per academic year to live in the Pomona area while attending Cal Poly Pomona. Actual costs may vary by individual choices related to location and circumstances. All amounts for Off-Campus housing assume a roommate. 

Books & Supplies 
The average cost of books and supplies per academic year. 

Transportation 
The average cost of travelling to and from campus, or for keeping your car on campus (for those who live in the residence halls).

Personal/Misc. Expenses 
The average amount for personal expenses—from clothing and laundry to going to a movie or buying a pizza—each year. 

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