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Cal Poly Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office helps you plan your finances and organize your resources to cover your college costs. Financial assistance is a resource designed to supplement the cost of education, and is not intended to be used as a student's sole means of income. The types and amounts of aid Cal Poly awards or recommends are subject to availability of funds, enrollment status, and financial need. Cal Poly students have a variety of financial aid programs available for assistance. Programs vary in eligibility criteria, award amounts, and repayment options.

IMPORTANT UPDATES (effective March 10,2017​)

EMPL ID# is the 9 digit Cal Poly ID number found on the student's portal under the Personal Information Tab.
Our primary form of communication is via email. Students must check their Cal Poly email for important notices and updates.


IRS DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL ON THE FAFSA IS UNAVAILABLE: The tool is expected to remain unavailable for several weeks. Please refer to your 2015 tax return to fill out your FAFSA to ensure accuracy.



  • The Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase at their March 21-22, 2017 board meeting.  Details about the fee increase can be found here:
  • For current and admitted students who filed their 2017-18 FAFSA, initial awards are now posted on your portal. Please check your to-do list and submit any requested documents as soon as possible.
  • For the 2017-18 academic year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application are currently available. We encourage all of our financial aid students to complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by the March 2, 2017, the priority filing date, to maximize potential aid opportunities. The FAFSA and California Dream Act Application can continue to be submitted after March 2, but some more limited types of aid may not be available.



  • For new students: Once admissions decisions are made, incoming students will be reviewed for scholarships.  There is no additional application required; students are considered automatically.  If awarded, they will receive an email notification from the Financial Aid Office.  A FAFSA or California Dream Act Application is not required for consideration for merit based scholarships.



  • For spring enrollment, students with any form of financial aid have fees automatically deferred and will not be dropped from classes.
  • If you have items listed on your to-do list, submit the requested documents as soon as possible. Outstanding items on your to-do list will delay your spring aid. Contact the financial aid office if you need further clarification.
  • For students who have all to-do list items completed, reviewed, and are in the appropriate minimum units, financial aid for spring quarter will disburse to the students account and applied against outstanding charges on Monday, March 27. If there is a credit balance, that credit balance will be refunded on Friday, March 31.
  • If you are not full time but plan to add classes prior to the end of the add/drop period, grant or scholarship aid will automatically disburse 3-5 days after the full time enrollment is reflected in the system. Students who are not registered in full time units at the end of add/drop may have some types of aid adjusted accordingly. If that aid has been received, some portion of the aid disbursed may need to be repaid. If grant aid has not disbursed, it will disburse the 3rd week of classes once revisions occur.

General Information:

  • For more detailed information on the financial aid process, please refer to our Vital Award Information page. Other financial aid details can be found on the pages of our website.  We recommend that you review them carefully.
  • Students can give parents access to some of their portal information, such as financial aid awards, to-do lists and account information by setting up a report on “Share My Info” which is available on the student portal under the Money Matters tab. Once set up, parents can access real time data at






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