Division of Student Affairs

Student Handbook

Student Handbook 2019-2020 Image of Students

Welcome to the 2019-2020 academic year! Cal Poly Pomona is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy living and learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. Please take time to review the various policies and procedures found in this online version of the Student Handbook. Additionally, you will find useful information about campus resources, support programs, and numerous ways to stay involved. 

Student Success

One of the most important campus resources is your academic advisor. Advisors are faculty and staff members who are available to help you navigate your academic career. They can provide guidance in your coursework, critical mentoring and career-related advice, as well as assistance with processing petitions and navigating campus policies and procedures. To find your faculty advisor, visit your department's office. To find your College's staff advisors, visit Student Success Central's advising directory at www.cpp.edu/studentsuccess.

You can see your advising center's drop-in and appointment availability on CPP Connect at www.cpp.edu/cppconnect.   Undeclared students can access academic advising at the Bronco Advising Center.


The BAC has your back! The BAC counselors can help you answer your questions related
to general academic advising, graduation, class registration, academic records, financial
aid, and student accounting. Have questions? No need to travel across campus, visit the BAC in the Student Services Building, first floor (blue counter).

  • There are two tuition prices for undergraduate students: a price for enrolling in 0-6 units, and another price for enrolling in 6.1+ units. If you add or drop courses within these unit ranges, the price stays the same.
  • Make payments online in your Student Center or in person in the Student Services Building (first floor, green counter). Find the accepted payment methods on the Student Accounting & Cashering Services Website. You can also sign up for a monthly payment plan at www.cpp.afford.com
  • Pay attention to the fee payment deadlines. If you are not receiving financial aid, your courses will be dropped due to non-payment.

Apply for financial aid for the fall and spring terms by filling out the FAFSA or California DREAM Act Application beginning October 1st. If you want to receive financial aid, you have to reapply every year. Stay on top of your To Do List in BroncoDirect and CPP email for any requested documents.

See your financial aid letter in your Student Center under the Finances section. If you are receiving financial aid, you do not need to worry about the fee payment deadlines for the term.

Your financial aid disburses, or is applied to your account balance, twice a year. This happens approximately 10 days before the first day of the term, as long as you are enrolled in a specific amount of units based on the type of aid you receive.

  • You need to be enrolled in 6+ units to receive a full Stafford loan or Parent Plus loan
  • You need to be enrolled in 7+ units to receive a full Middle Class Scholarship and the State University Grant
  • You need to be enrolled in 12+ units to receive a full Pell Grant, Cal Grant A or B and EOP Grant

If you are not enrolled in enough units by disbursement, don't panic. Enroll in these units and your aid will disburse within 24 hours. If you don't, you will receive an adjusted aid package after Add/Drop. For more information, visit Financial Aid and Scholarships in the Student Services Building, first floor (blue counter). You can find the contact information for your financial aid counselor on the Financial Aid and Scholarship website at www.cpp.edu/financial-aid

The Registrar's Office provides an important link between CPP's academic policies and students. It is also the responsibility of the Registrar's Office to safeguard the security and integrity of information, while working toward providing fast and friendly service. The Registrar's Office ensures the University's compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) so that your academic and personal information is protected. If you would like to visit the Registrar's Office in person, please visit the Student Services Building (blue counter).

In your BroncoDirect Student Center, there is a box labeled 'Holds' in the upper right hand corner. A hold may or may not prevent you from registering for classes, so it's important that you take care of them ahead of time. The Bronco Advising Center has a how-to video that walks you through how to check your holds - find it and lots of other how-to videos on their YouTube channel:http://bit.ly/youtubebac

On the Student Success Central portal, you will find the academic calendar, advising resources, directories, guides, and tons more information to help you be successful as a CPP student. Bookmark www.cpp.edu/studentsuccess on your phone and computer so you can easily pull up information when you might need it.

PS - The Bronco Advising Center posts important reminders and explainers on its Facebook Twitter, and Instagram accounts - Follow them at @cppbac!

BroncoBytes is a biweekly email newsletter with important dates, deadlines, and announcements. Make sure you look at your BroncoBytes so you know what's going on at CPP. You can find your CPP email in your MyCPP portal under the Email link.

The University Library (Building 15) on campus has numerous resources and services available, including group study rooms and study areas that can be reserved, the Learning Resource Center, a 24 hour lab, designated quiet areas, and thousands of books, articles, journals, and newspapers. One of your most valuable resources are subject matter librarians. Each academic department has an assigned librarian that manages the library collection for that area and is knowledgeable about research in that field. Contact a librarian to make an appointment or stop by the research help desk for immediate
assistance. On the library website, you'll find research guides, writing and studying tips, tutorials, a complete library map, and more.

Remember to bring your Bronco Access card to check out any materials, access the 24 hour library, and print. You may print materials from a library computer. Black-and-white prints are 10 cents per page, and color prints are 55 cents per page. To access computers, you'll need your Bronco Name and password.