Aid by Career - Undergraduate 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 *

$7,396

$7,396

$7,396

$7,396

$7,396

Books and Supplies

$1,800

$1,800

$1,800

$1,800

$1,800

Room and Board

$6,096

$16,742

$20,006

$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 

$18,296

$28,542

$31,806

$29,046

$25,415

* $5,742 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 *

$7,396

$7,396

$7,396

$7,396

$7,396

Additional Non Resident Tuition ($396 per unit, based on assumed enrollment in 15 units per semester)

$11,880

$11,880

$11,880

$11,880

$11,880

Books and Supplies

$1,800

$1,800

$1,800

$1,800

$1,800

Room and Board

$6,096

$16,742

$20,006

$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 

$30,176

$40,332

$43,686

$40,926

$37,295

* $5,742 CSU Tuition & $1,654 Mandatory Campus Fees

 

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 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% 25%

 *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 semester.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant: FSEOG (expand/collapse)

TEACH Grant (opens new window)

FSEOG is for students with exceptional financial need. The amount is up to $750 per academic year. 

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

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)

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 FAFSA and whether you’re a recent high school graduate. Our school administers both the Cal Grant A and the Cal Grant B. 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.

 A student may meet the eligibility requirements for both the Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B awards, however a student may be paid for one type of Cal Grant award at a time. Cal Grant A pays the same tuition & fee amount each year for up to four years. Cal Grant B pays a stipend only in the freshman year. For subsequent years, a student may receive the stipend, plus tuition equal to the Cal Grant A, for up to four years.

Please see below for the most frequently asked questions regarding Cal Grant Awards:

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 who transfer with 75 units or greater are eligible to receive a State University Grant for an additional 75 units above the number of units that were transferred. Students who transfer with less than 75 units may be awarded until the student earns 125% of the units required for the enrolled program.

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

Educational Opportunity Grant: EOP (expand/collapse)

The primary goal of the CSU Educational Opportunity Program is to improve access of low-income, first generation and historically disadvantaged students with potential for academic success by making higher education a possibility. Students must be evaluated and admitted to EOP before they begin classes. Please refer to the EOP website for admission and award requirements. EOP students are eligible to receive an EOP grant if they qualify for financial aid, however they are not guaranteed to receive one. You MUST be enrolled full-time to qualify for award.

Units Required for Educational Opportunity Program
Enrollment 12+ units 9-11 units 6-8 units 1-5 units
Percentage of Award Received 100% Canceled Canceled 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

Cal Poly Pomona Grant (expand/collapse)

Grant awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need.

Units Required for Cal Poly Pomona Grant
Enrollment 12+ units 9-11 units 6-8 units 1-5 units
Percentage of Award Received 100% 100% 100% Canceled

Self-Help

Self-help awards are a form of financial aid that requires students to do something in order to receive funding. This is different than grants in that these types of awards can not be obtained without the student actively seeking to acquire these awards. Self-help awards do not need to be paid back.

Federal Work Study (expand/collapse)

The Federal Work Study program provides part-time employment to students attending institutions of higher education who need the earnings to help meet their educational expenses.

To apply, you must complete an Information Update Form and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, checking the box which specifies that you would like to "request work study for the 20YY - 20YY school year." We will start accepting these requests the April prior to the start of a new academic year (i.e. April 2019 for the 19/20 school year)

All first time applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order the request is received. Eligibility for award requires student has enough unmet need to be offered the full award amount and awarding is based on available funds. 

Units Required for Federal Work-Study
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 Federal Stafford 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 loans can be disbursed: Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note (MPN). Both of these requirements can be completed online at www.studentloans.gov.

If you will be graduating, and are enrolled for one semester only during the award year, your Direct Loans will be prorated as follows:

• enrolled in fewer than 12 units, loans are prorated down, based on units

• enrolled in more than 12 units, loans are prorated up based on units

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’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 Loan: 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)