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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 November 26, 2019)

Cost of Attendance Survey

An important survey will be emailed to all enrolled Cal Poly students in early December.  This survey asks for information regarding the general expenses our students have while attending Cal Poly.  The information is used to help us calculate appropriate budgets for financial aid awards as well as to give information to prospective students and families regarding the general expenses they should plan on to attend Cal Poly.  We encourage current students to take 5 minutes to complete the survey. 


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



  • Fee payments remain deferred for students with any amount of financial aid or scholarships even if these funds disburse later in the winter quarter.  
  • Financial aid will be applied to any outstanding winter registration fees, winter housing, and winter dining charges before a financial aid refund will be issued. For all payment and refund information, please review the Student Accounts website.
  • To ensure on-time disbursement of financial aid, please check your to-do list and submit all requested documents as soon as possible.  The first winter disbursement will occur on December 30 for students with finalized financial aid files. 
  • For students enrolled in less than 12 units, some types of financial aid will disburse after January 17 because we are required to prorate funding based on the number of units you're enrolled in after add/drop.
  • For Cal Grant information, click here.
  • Loan Adjustments – If you have accepted loans and would like to reduce the amount, you may do so in your portal. If you have declined loans and would like them re-offered, please call or email our office. If you would like to increase the amount of an accepted loan, please submit the request in writing.
  • The winter Financial Aid Progress Appeal deadline is January 24. Be sure to submit your completed appeal form and personal statement before the deadline if you wish to be considered for fall financial aid reinstatement.
  • For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application can be completed starting October 1, 2019. We encourage all students to complete their application by the March 2, 2020 priority filing date to maximize potential aid opportunities.
  • Notice to on-campus housing applicants: You may qualify for a deferment of the $500 initial housing payment.  To be considered for a deferment, you must file the 2020-21 FAFSA application at least a week prior to the date you intend to register for housing in early January.


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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