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Grants

Grants are financial aid that do not need to be paid back.

Federal Pell Grant:
Pell Grant is a “need-based” federal grant for undergraduate and certain Credential Program students. To qualify for the grant, you must meet the “Expected Family Contribution” cutoff each year. In addition, Credential students must be taking either their “Core” or “Directed Teaching” classes and must be enrolled in at least 6 eligible units/classes.

The maximum lifetime Pell Grant Award a student may receive is 600%, which equates to six years as a full-time student. It is against Federal Regulations for a student to receive Pell Grant awards at two different schools during an academic year, even if only one day of enrollment overlaps. 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.

Pell Grants will disburse automatically if you are enrolled in 12 or more units. After Census (last day to drop without a Petition), your units will be reviewed and your Pell Grant may be adjusted. If you were never enrolled full time, your Pell Grant will be reduced and the reduced amount disbursed. If you had been enrolled in 12 or more units and then dropped below 12 units by Census, your Pell Grant will be reduced, which may cause you to owe money back to the University. NOTE: In either scenario, depending on your “Expected Family Contribution”  (EFC) and the number of units you are enrolled in by Census, you might not be eligible for your Pell Grant for that quarter.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a federal grant for undergraduate students. This award ranges from $180 to $540 per academic year. You must be enrolled at least half-time and be eligible for a Pell Grant to qualify for an SEOG award.

Cal Grants are grants provided by the State of California for undergraduate and certain Credential Program students.  The California Student Aid Commission determines awards, and you must be a California resident.  Credential students must be taking either their “Core” or “Directed Teaching” classes and be enrolled in at least 6 eligible units.  Non-resident students are encouraged to inquire with their state of residence as to the availability of state programs. For students who are awarded a Cal Grant for tuition fees and subsequently receive another fee-paying source including any type of tuition waiver, the Cal Grant will be canceled.

Cal Grants will disburse automatically if you are enrolled in 12 or more units.  After the last day to drop classes without a Petition, your units will be reviewed; and your Cal Grant may be adjusted. If you were never enrolled full time, your Cal Grant will be reduced or canceled with the reduced amount disbursed. If you had been enrolled in 12 or more units and subsequently dropped to six units or less during the Add/Drop period, your Cal Grant will be reduced to coincide with the posted tuition fee.

Two programs are available to Cal Poly Pomona students:

  • Cal Grant A - Eligibility is based on grade point average and financial need. The award is for fees.

  • Cal Grant B - Eligibility is based on substantial financial need. The award is for fees and a living allowance (subsistence). Freshman recipients receive a subsistence and beginning with their sophomore year, awards are for both fees and subsistence.

For additional information, please go to the California Student Aid Commission's website.

Educational Opportunity Grant (EOP) is a state grant for undergraduate students admitted to the University through the Student Services and Equity Program and who meet certain need criteria. Funds are limited and may not be sufficient to award all eligible students. You must be enrolled full time to qualify. The award ranges from $400 to $1200 per year.

State University Grant (SUG) is a grant provided by the State of California for undergraduate and graduate students. All recipients must be California residents.  Non-resident students are encouraged to inquire with their state of residence as to the availability of state programs.  For students who are initially awarded a State University Grant for fees and subsequently receive a Cal Grant or other fee-paying source including any type of tuition waiver, the State University Grant will be canceled.

State University Grants will disburse automatically if you are enrolled in 7 or more units.  After the last day to drop classes without a Petition, your units will be reviewed; and your State University Grant may be adjusted. If you were never enrolled in 7 or more units, your State University Grant will be reduced or canceled with the reduced amount disbursed. If you had been enrolled in 7 or more units and subsequently dropped to six units or less during the Add/Drop period, your State University Grant will be reduced to coincide with the posted tuition fee.

Beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year, State University Grant funds may be awarded until a student earns 125% of the units required for the enrolled program which includes transfer units* (45 units for Credential Students). Once a student exceeds this maximum, State University Grant funds will not be awarded. If the funds are awarded for the entire year and a student then exceeds the maximum allowed units after one or two quarters, the award will be canceled for the remaining quarters. Students also need to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to be eligible for State University Grant funds. 

*Students who transfer with 113 units or greater are eligible to receive a State University Grant for an additional 113 units above the number of units that were transferred. Students who transfer with less than 113 units may be awarded until the student earns 125% of the units required for the enrolled program.

MBA Grant is a grant awarded to graduate students who have paid the Graduate Business Fee. Funds are awarded on a quarterly basis.

CPPG is a grant awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need.

Doctoral Grant is a grant awarded on a quarterly basis to qualifying Doctoral Students in the Educational Doctorate program.  Funding for this grant is sourced from a portion of the fees collected for the Doctoral Program each quarter.   Students must:  File the FAFSA or Cal ISIR Application, have unmet need, meet satisfactory academic progress standards, and be a California resident.  Students receiving a full fee waiver, 3rd party payment, etc. are not eligible for the grant.   Students receiving partial fee waivers, 3rd party payments, etc. are eligible for ½ grant as long as they meet the rest of the criteria.

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