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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 June 25, 2018 )

EMPL ID# is the 9 digit Cal Poly ID number found on the student's portal under the Personal Information Tab.

Students are required to show their student ID when visiting the Financial Aid office.

Our primary form of communication is via email. Students must check their Cal Poly email for important notices and updates.
The Cal Poly Financial Aid Office takes the security of your personal information seriously, and it is important for you to know that emailing documents with sensitive information is not secure and risks a potential data breach.  You should submit any documents with sensitive information (such as SSN or birth dates) either via fax (805-756-7243), by U.S. mail, or by encrypted email.  Your current email provider may offer an encryption option or you can download free software at



  • Financial aid awards for the 2018-19 academic year are now available on your portal. 
  • Check your to-do list on your portal for requested documents. Allow 6-8 weeks for document review. Submit requested documents as soon as possible to ensure on-time disbursement of fall financial aid.
  • The priority filing date for Cal Poly Financial Aid is March 2, 2018. The FAFSA and CA Dream Act Application can continue to be submitted after March 2, but some more limited types of aid may not be available.  Financial aid awards are posted to the portal approximately 5 to 7 days after filing of the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.
  • You will use 2016 income information for the 2018-19 financial aid application. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is available on the FAFSA. Students and their families applying for financial aid using the FAFSA for the 2018-19 school year will be able to automatically import their tax information by using the DRT. In an effort to protect applicant privacy, sensitive data, such as the adjusted gross income, will no longer be displayed to the applicants. Be assured that the information transferred is the information that was submitted on the 2016 tax return.
  • The Parent PLUS loan application at is now available.
  • For prospective students: Once admissions decisions are made, incoming students will be reviewed for scholarships.  There is no additional application required for new students. 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 continuing students: The application for Cal Poly scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year is available now.
  • Financial aid is not available for Quarter Plus for NEW students.


  • Students interested in summer classes should register for summer quarter. Students who are interested in aid for summer classes should look at their to-do list for notification of aid eligibility after registration. For more detailed information, visit our summer page here.  For more information on summer classes at Cal Poly, visit
  • Pell Grants for students enrolled in less than 12 units will disburse the third week of the term.

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
  • DACA students are not eligible for federal aid.  However, those who meet California AB540 residency requirements can be eligible to apply for and receive state funding through the CA Dream Application.  The rescinding of DACA does not change the state funding available to those students.





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