Apply for Grants, Loans & Scholarships

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at Cal Poly Pomona helps thousands of students cover college costs each year. We can help you navigate the financial aid process and assist in identifying options to pay for college. We are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm in the new Student Services Building (Building 121, 1st Floor). You can also call us at (909) 869-3700.

No matter what your family's financial circumstances are, options exist to help you finance your education.

General Information when applying for Financial Aid:

  • If you are an incoming freshman, you should review our Newly Admitted Students webpage
  • Cal Poly Pomona’s school code is 001144
  • Only one application is required, either the FAFSA or Dream Application, not both
  • If you miss the March 2 financial aid application priority date, you should still apply as soon as possible to be considered for the financial aid that is still available
  • If there are errors on your financial aid application, our office might not receive the application. Be sure to check for errors and make corrections as needed

What will it cost to attend Cal Poly Pomona

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.

The costs you and your family will incur to attend Cal Poly Pomona includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses. The amount of living expenses will vary depending upon your living arrangements: On-Campus, Living at home (Commuter) or Living in an Off-campus apartment or house.

For information about Cal Poly Pomona costs, including a breakdown depending on California Residency status and anticipated living arrangements, review the Costs section of our website.

Applying for Financial Aid - DREAM Act Students

For more in depth information regarding the financial aid process for DREAM Act students at Cal Poly Pomona, please visit our DREAM Act webpage. The summary to be considered for California State and Cal Poly Pomona Financial Aid, is below:

  • Complete the California Dream Application. To be considered for priority financial aid please make sure you file the application by March 2 (i.e., for the 2019 – 2020 year, the priority deadline was March 2, 2019).
  • Complete the Cal Grant GPA Verification (must be received by CSAC no later than March 2)
  • Once admitted to Cal Poly Pomona, complete and submit the AB 540 Affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request form) to Admissions in order to begin a review of your eligibility under AB 540.
  • Students who received their Social Security Number through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA); should complete a CA Dream Application to be considered for financial aid.

Be sure to review the California Dream Act in Depth video from the California Student Aid Commission for an overview of the Dream Act and completing the Dream Application.

If you missed the DREAM Application Deadline, your financial aid options will be limited (as most CA State and Cal Poly Pomona aid programs require filing by the Priority Filing deadline).  You may wish to still complete the DREAM Application, as some scholarships, including the DREAM.US scholarship, require you to complete the DREAM application to be considered.

Applying for Financial Aid - FAFSA eligible students

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward getting financial aid for college. 

Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick!  Your FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for federal, California State, and Cal Poly Pomona funding, and some scholarships providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their awards. When completing the FAFSA please make sure that you indicate you will be attending Cal Poly Pomona when listing your schools of attendance; our federal school code is 001144.

The FAFSA becomes available every October 1 – and the priority deadline for applying is March 2 (for the 2019 – 2020 academic year, the application became available October 1, 2018 and the priority deadline is March 2, 2019).

Additionally, students who are California residents should review their eligibility for the Cal Grant reviewed by CSAC.

In order to be eligible for funding through the FAFSA Application, you must meet the eligibility criteria for Federal Student Aid:

In addition to citizenship status, you must meet the other general eligibility criteria for federal student aid.  Review the information from Federal Student Aid for details. 

PLEASE NOTE: Students who received a Social Security Number through the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrival (DACA), and who qualify for AB540, should complete the California Dream Act Application in order to be considered for state financial aid, as they are NOT Eligible for Federal Student Aid.

Be sure to review the FAFSA:  Apply for Aid video playlist from Federal Student Aid, for a series of videos that describe the process of filling out the FAFSA.

Cal Poly Pomona Financial Aid Process – What to Expect Next

Once you have completed your financial aid application you will receive an email notification from our office

  • Additional Documents Request – If additional documents or information is needed in order to determine your eligibility, you’ll receive an email directing you to your To-Do List where you can view what is needed, as well as instructions on how to access any required forms.
  • Financial Aid Award Notice: Beginning in May, our office will begin sending out official Financial Aid Award offers.  Once your file is complete and your eligibility has been reviewed, you'll receive an email with information and instructions on viewing your award offer online on Bronco Direct.

Our office will communicate with you using your Cal Poly Pomona email account. It is critical that you check your email on a regular basis. We will notify you by email of any required items, your award offer, any changes to your award offer, as well as the availability of additional aid and any changes to your eligibility. For instructions on viewing your financial aid-related information on BroncoDirect, please review the BroncoDirect: Student Help – Financial Aid guide.

Payment Options

In addition to financial aid applied to your charges, there are several other options available for making payments towards your tuition and fees. Cal Poly Pomona offers a payment plan for those who would like to spread their fees over multiple payments, and there are also a limited number of short-term loans to assist students with registration fees or purchasing books. Contact Student Accounting & Cashiering Services for more information.

Additional Online Resources

The following websites provide additional information on the financial aid process and available funding: