Study Abroad

Cal Poly Pomona offers numerous opportunities for study abroad through programs at universities throughout the world. For more information on the programs available, visit the Cal Poly Pomona International Center Study Abroad website or drop by the International Center Study Abroad Office in Building 1-104 to pick up information about the various programs.

Money Matters

Do not rule out studying abroad because of cost. Many programs charge the same tuition and fees as Cal Poly Pomona. There are additional costs, of course, associated with studying abroad with any of the programs. Carefully read through the program material and assess what personal resources you may be able to draw upon for a study abroad semester or year. We recommend you see a Financial Aid Counselor the semester before studying abroad.

Scholarships for Study Abroad:

A number of scholarship opportunities exist for students wishing to Study Abroad, including opportunities from Cal Poly Pomona as well as other outside organizations.

The following sources have information on the variety of scholarship options available:

Scholarship Opportunity for Pell Grant Eligible Students:
The Gilman Scholarship Program is an undergraduate grant program for U.S. citizens of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to thrive in the global economy.  The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Financial Aid & Study Abroad

Financial aid may be applied to the costs of study abroad programs associated with Cal Poly Pomona through the Study Abroad Office. Students who previously have not applied for financial aid may consider applying in order to be eligible for federal student loans to help cover the costs for Study Abroad.

State University Grant, Cal Grant Fee awards, and Middle Class Scholarship:  These awards are restricted to only covering the State Tuition Fee.  If a student is not paying the State Tuition Fee (either to the Chancellor’s Office or to Cal Poly Pomona), he is not eligible to receive funding from either of these awards. 

Summary of Programs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Type of Aid

CSU System
(IP Programs)

Direct Exchange

Independent (Non-CSU) Programs

Federal Pell Grant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cal Grant Fee Awards

Yes

Yes

No

Cal Grant Stipend

Yes

Yes

Yes

State University Grant

Yes

Yes

No

Middle Class Scholarship

Yes

Yes

No

Federal SEOG

Yes

Yes

Yes

EOP Grant

Yes

Yes

No

CPP Grant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Federal Work-Study

No

No

No

Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans

Yes

Yes

Yes

Direct PLUS Loans

Yes

Yes

Yes

Private Loans

Yes

Yes

Yes

Scholarships*

Yes

Yes

Yes

* Subject to individual scholarship criteria

Financial Aid and Faculty Led programs
Eligibility for financial aid for Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs depends on the length of the program and number of units.  If a program is equal to the length of the standard semester – it is eligible for aid.  For programs that are shorter than a standard semester (i.e., 2 week program in the Summer or consists of less than 6 units) – aid eligibility may be limited.  Please consult with a Financial Aid Counselor to determine aid eligibility for your program.

Application Process

  1. Follow all standard steps for applying for Financial Aid (submitting the FAFSA  or DREAM Application).
  2. Award offers will be made starting in late March for the following academic year. Initial awards will be based on standard Cal Poly Pomona costs.
  3. After you have been accepted into a study abroad program, you may have your cost of attendance (COA) adjusted based on the published costs of your program. Cost of attendance adjustments may increase your eligibility for additional loan funds.
  4. Meet with a representative from the Cal Poly Pomona Study Abroad Office and complete the  Study Abroad Financial Aid Form (available beginning April 1, 2019)
  5. Meet with a Financial Aid Counselor to go over the impact on your financial aid as well as when aid will be released

How Financial Aid is Released – Study Abroad

Financial aid is typically released 10 days prior to the start of the Cal Poly Pomona semester.  Regardless of when your Study Abroad program begins, your funds will be released to Student Financial Services on the standard date for all Cal Poly Pomona students (which is reflected in Bronco Direct).

Arrange for direct deposit of your financial aid refund to your checking account. Be sure to enroll in Direct Deposit through your Student Center by clicking on "Enroll in Direct Deposit" under the Finances section.  This will minimize delays in your receipt of your funds while studying abroad.