Aid by Career - Credential Students

The California State University (CSU) is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. With 23 campuses, almost 437,000 students, and 44,000 faculty and staff, we are the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country.

As a CSU, Cal Poly Pomona 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, Cal Poly Pomona must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester has begun. All Cal Poly Pomona listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees.

This section provides an estimate of the costs and fees for an academic year at Cal Poly Pomona. To determine your semester and annual tuition and mandatory fees visit the Tuition & Fees Page. In addition, the Net Price Calculator is a tool to help students estimate the portion of the cost of attendance covered by their financial aid and the portion they will be required to pay.

Cost of Attendance: In State Tuition (expand/collapse)

Living With Parents

Living On-Campus (Residence Hall)

Living On-Campus (Suites)

Living On-Campus (New Res Comm)

Off-Campus

CSU Tuition & Mandatory Campus Fees *

$8,314

$8,314

$8,314

$8,314

$8,314

Books and Supplies

$1,800

$1,800

$1,800

$1,800

$1,800

Room and Board

$6,096

$17,358

$15,606

$17,246

$13,215

Personal Expenses

$1,704

$1,704

$1,704

$1,704

$1,704

Transportation

$1,300

$900

$900

$900

$1,300

TOTAL

$19,214

$30,076

$28,324

$29,964

$26,333

* $6,660 CSU Tuition & $1,654 Mandatory Campus Fees

Cost of Attendance: Non-Resident Tuition (expand/collapse)

Living With Parents

Living On-Campus (Residence Hall)

Living On-Campus (Suites)

Living On-Campus (New Res Comm)

Off-Campus

CSU Tuition & Mandatory Campus Fees *

$8,314

$8,314

$8,314

$8,314

$8,314

Additional Non Resident Tuition ($396 per unit, based on assumed enrollment in 10 units per semester)

$7,920

$7,920

$7,920

$7,920

$7,920

Books and Supplies

$1,800

$1,800

$1,800

$1,800

$1,800

Room and Board

$6,096

$17,358

$15,606

$17,246

$13,215

Personal Expenses

$1,704

$1,704

$1,704

$1,704

$1,704

Transportation

$1,300

$900

$900

$900

$1,300

TOTAL

$27,134

$37,996

$36,244

$37,884

$34,253

* $6,660 CSU Tuition & $1,654 Mandatory Campus Fees

 

Application Requirements (expand/collapse)

Students in the Credential Program are considered 5th year undergraduate students, not post baccalaureate, for Financial Aid purposes. Students must enroll in 12 units per semester to be considered full-time, and are subject to undergraduate level loan limits.  The types of financial aid available to students pursuing a teaching credential are very specific and different from undergraduate or graduate aid types.

To be considered for financial aid, Credential students must complete a financial aid application: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California DREAM Act Application (CADAA).

When completing your financial aid application, the questions below should be answered in the following manner:

  • Degree/Certificate - Teaching Credential
  • Current Grade Level - 5th yr other UG
  • Graduate Student - No

Admission Requirements for Financial Aid (expand/collapse)

  • Once a Credential student is admitted into the Credential program (Submitted their Program Admissions Packet), they may be eligible for grant aid, depending on their EFC.
  • Students with dual enrollment as a credential and masters student, are considered graduate students for financial aid purposes. You need to be in the Credential Program (only) to be considered for Pell Grant.
  • Students in a blended program as an undergraduate and credential student, are considered an undergraduate student for financial aid funding until you receive your first BA or BS degree.
  • Students enrolled in the administrative credential program are only eligible for private loans.
  • Financial Aid is only paid on those units required by the State to get your Initial Credential (Single Subject, Multiple Subject, or Education Specialist). A list of these classes is provided by the College of Education and Integrative StudiesFor financial aid purposes, any other classes you take will not be counted towards the overall units you are taking, and your financial aid will be adjusted accordingly.
  • 2nd Teacher Credential Program Students (Administrative Service Credentials and Specialist Credential Students with a prior Credential) are only eligible for Private Loans.  They are NOT ELIGIBLE for any grants or federal loans.
  • Financial Aid will automatically disburse 10 days before the beginning of each semester for students enrolled in at least 12 credential units. For students enrolled in fewer than 12 credential units, classes will be reviewed following census to determine if they are required credential courses. If not, your financial aid will be adjusted, and you may owe funds back to the University. Here is a listing of the Required Credential Classes for Pell Awards (DOCX).
  • Students taking classes to prepare for tests (i.e. CSET) are not eligible for financial aid.

Teacher Loan Forgiveness and Forbearance Programs (expand/collapse)

For more information on the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Application  is used to evaluate an FFEL Program or a Direct Loan Program borrower's eligibility for up to $5,000 in forgiveness benefits for highly qualified teachers or up to $19,000 for highly qualified mathematics, science, and special education teachers.

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Forbearance form  is used to determine forbearance eligibility for FFEL or Direct Loan borrowers who are completing their teaching service requirements before applying for teacher loan forgiveness.

Grants 

Grants are a type of Financial Aid that does not need to be paid back. The first step to applying for any financial aid is the completion of a financial aid application (FAFSA or CADAA). In order to receive any of the grants listed below, students must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress, have unmet need, and cannot owe a refund of state or federal grants or be in default on a student loan. 

Federal Grants: FAFSA Filers only

All awards listed below are based on the completion of a FAFSA, and will be awarded based on eligibility. When the FAFSA is completed, the U.S. Department of Education uses the information to determine your specific Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Once our school has received this EFC, we use the information to determine your eligibility and offer the corresponding financial aid. 

Federal Pell Grant (expand/collapse)

To qualify for Pell Grants, you must meet the “Expected Family Contribution” cutoff each year. The maximum lifetime Pell Grant Award a student may receive is 600%, which equates to six years or 12 semesters as a full-time student. You can check your Pell Lifetime usage by using your FSA ID to log into the National Student Loan Data System.

Pell Grants will disburse automatically if you are enrolled in 12 or more TEP specific units. After Census (last day to drop without a Petition), your units will be reviewed and your Pell Grant may be adjusted. 

If you attend/receive Pell Grant funds at two different schools, and there is no enrollment overlap, please be aware that you cannot exceed your maximum Pell Grant Award for the year. If this does occur, you will be billed the difference. 

Units Required for Pell Grants*
Enrollment 12+ units 9-11 units 6-8 units 1-5 units
Percentage of Award Received 100% 75% 50% Canceled

 *Depending on your “Expected Family Contribution”  (EFC) and the number of TEP units you are enrolled in by Census, you might not be eligible for your Pell Grant for that semester.

TEACH Grant (opens new window)

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is a non-need based grant program available to students who plan to complete coursework that is required to begin a career in teaching, and who agree to teach full-time for at least four years as a highly qualified teacher (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education), at a school or educational service agency serving low-income students in a high need field.

The TEACH Grant is a grant/loan combination that requires a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS). The grant will convert to unsubsidized loan in the future if contracted teaching obligations are not met. If this happens, interest accrual will be effective as of the date of the first TEACH disbursement. To receive a TEACH Grant at Cal Poly Pomona you must follow the instructions listed here.

Units Required for TEACH Grant
Enrollment 12+ units 9-11 units 6-8 units 1-5 units
Percentage of Award Received up to $1,876/semester up to $1,407/semester up to $938/semester up to $469/semester

State Grants

State grants are a type of financial aid provided by the State of California specifically for its residents attending school within the state of California. They require the completion of a financial aid application (CADAA or FAFSA) by the March 2 deadline. 

Cal Grants (expand/collapse)

Undergraduate Cal Grant A and B recipients who plan to enroll in a teaching credential program (TCP) after they receive their bachelor’s degree may be eligible to renew their Cal Grant award for an additional year. The additional year of payment is provided to students who are seeking an initial teaching credential and cannot be used for other graduate level courses of study.

Your eligibility for Cal Grants will be based on your FAFSA or CADAA responses, your verified Cal Grant GPA, the type of California colleges you list on your application, and the submission and approval of a request for Cal Grant Teaching Credential Program Benefits.

In order to receive a Cal Grant, the income and assets earned for the specified aid year can not exceed the ceilings set by the California Student Aid Commission. Students can check their status and eligibility for Cal Grants through their portal at www.webgrants4students.org.

Units Required for Cal Grants
Enrollment 12+ units 9-11 units 6-8 units 1-5 units
Percentage of Award Received 100% 75% 50% Canceled

State University Grant: SUG (expand/collapse)

To qualify for State University Grants you must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $4,000 or less; and you can not be receiving a Cal Grant or other award designated to cover the State University Fee (tuition). For students who are initially awarded a SUG for fees and subsequently receive a Cal Grant or other fee-paying source including any type of tuition waiver, the SUG will be canceled. Students may be awarded until the student earns 125% of the units required for the enrolled program, please see below for program requirements and SUG eligibility limits.

Credential Program SUG Eligibility
Credential Program Program Requirements SUG Eligibility Limits
Single Subject Credential 36 units 45 units maximum
Multiple Subject Credential 42 units 52.5 units maximum

Preliminary Education Specialist
Moderate / Severe Disabilities

48 units

60 units maximum

Preliminary Education Specialist
Mild/Moderate Disabilities

45 units 56.25 units maximum
Units Required for State University Grant
Enrollment 12+ units 7-11 units 6 units 1-5 units
Percentage of Award Received 100% 100%

Adjust to match the Half-time Tuition Fee

Canceled

Middle Class Scholarship: MCS (expand/collapse)

The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) provides students with family incomes and assets up to $171,000 a scholarship. You may receive the MCS award for up to 4 years depending on education level when awarded.  Students whose families have income and assets up to $171,000 per year may be eligible for a scholarship of no less than 10% and no more than 40% of the mandatory system-wide tuition and fees. MCS awards are not set amounts and may vary by student and institution.

Units Required for Middle Class Scholarship
Enrollment 12+ units 7-11 units 6 units 1-5 units
Percentage of Award Received 100% 100% Adjusted Canceled

Chafee Grant: For Foster/Ward of Court (expand/collapse)

If you are or were in foster care between the ages of 16 and 18 as a dependent or ward of the court and have financial need, you may qualify for a California Chafee Grant.

Below are some general program requirements, please check their website for the full list of eligibility requirements: 

• Have not reached your 26th birthday as of July 1st of the award year.
• You must stay in school to keep your Chafee Grant—if you enroll less than half time or fall below required Satisfactory Academic Progress, you could lose your grant.
• In addition to the completion of a financial aid application, you will be required to complete the California Chafee Grant Application
Units Required for Chafee Grant
Enrollment 12+ units 9-11 units 6-8 units 1-5 units
Percentage of Award Received 100% 100% 100% Canceled

Scholarships (expand/collapse)

Scholarships are gift aid and do not have to be repaid. Scholarships are offered through Cal Poly Pomona as well as several organizations, businesses and community groups that are external to the university.

To apply for scholarships within the Cal Poly Pomona campus you must complete a Bronco Scholarship Application. You will need to review the deadlines for each specific scholarship, but it is best to keep your application up to date whenever their is a change in major or on-campus involvement.

A majority of scholarships are due by the May prior to the start of a new academic year (i.e. May 2019 for the 19/20 school year), but new scholarships are offered throughout the year. 

Award amounts and unit requirements vary depending on donor specifications. 

Federal Loans: FAFSA filers only

All federal loans are a type of financial aid that needs to be paid back. The first step to applying for any federal loans is the completion of a FAFSA. In order to receive any of the loans listed below, students must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress, must be enrolled in at least half-time status (6+ units), and cannot owe a refund of state or federal grants or be in default on a student loan. 

Direct Federal Stafford Loans (expand/collapse)

Direct Loans are borrowed funds student’s must repay with interest in which the lender is the U.S. Department of Education. Direct Loans have low, fixed interest rates and the funds can be used to assist with paying educational costs. 

First Time Borrowers must complete two online requirements before their financial aid can be disbursed: Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note (MPN). Both of these requirements can be completed online at www.studentloans.gov.

Current Rate of Interest and Fees 
Date of First Disbursement Interest Rate Origination Fees
Between July 1, 2019 - Sep 30, 2019 4.53% 1.066%
Between Oct 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 4.53% TBD
Units Required for Direct Stafford Loans
Enrollment 12+ units 9-11 units 6-8 units 1-5 units
Percentage of Award Received 100% 100% 100% Canceled
Direct Federal Subsidized Loan

A Subsidized loan is awarded on the basis of eligibility, dependency status, grade level and financial need. The Federal government will pay (subsidize) the interest on this loan while students remain enrolled in college at least half-time or more. Repayment on this loan begins 6 months after a student is no longer enrolled in college or after 6 consecutive months enrolled in fewer that 6 units. 

Direct Federal Unsubsidized Loan

An Unsubsidized loan does not require financial need. The student is responsible for the interest from the time the unsubsidized loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. The student may choose to pay the interest or allow it to accrue (accumulate) and be capitalized (added to the principal amount of the loan). Capitalizing the interest will increase the amount of repayment. Future interest will be calculated on the higher loan amount. 

Direct PLUS Loan: Parent PLUS Loan (expand/collapse)

Direct PLUS loans are for parents or stepparents who need to borrow to assist in their dependent student’s educational expenses. This loan is not based on income or assets and is unsubsidized, meaning the interest accrual begins immediately and is the responsibility of the borrower. Parents may borrow up to the total cost of attendance minus any financial aid the student is receiving. You may apply for the Parent PLUS loan.

• The parent who completes the Direct PLUS application and Master Promissory Note is legally obligated to repay the loan debt even if student does not complete his/her education

• Repayment begins within 60 days after the final disbursement of the academic year. There is no grace period. 

• Lender will send repayment information directly to the parent

• Direct PLUS funds will be disbursed to the student's account to satisfy any outstanding charges. Excess funds will be mailed by check to the parent borrower. 

Current Rate of Interest and Fees 
Date of First Disbursement Interest Rate Origination Fees
Between July 1, 2019 - Sep 30, 2019 7.08% 4.264%
Between Oct 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 7.08% TBD
 Units Required for Direct PLUS Loans (Parent PLUS)
Enrollment 12+ units 9-11 units 6-8 units 1-5 units
Percentage of Award Received 100% 100% 100% Canceled

DREAM Loans: CADAA Filers only (expand/collapse)

Cal Poly Pomona participates in the California Dream Loan Program which offers a low interest rate and is guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. This loan is only available to eligible AB540 undergraduate students. Award amounts range up to $3,000 for 2018-2019 academic year and awarded based on the availability of funds.  The current fixed interest rate for 2018-2019 is 5.045% starting July 1, 2018.  A Master Promissory Note (MPN) must be completed every year before funds will be disbursed.

Private Loans (opens new window)

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements (opens in new window)