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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.

To our DACA students and allies:

President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has created questions and concerns throughout the nation.  The CSU Chancellor and Cal Poly President Jeff Armstrong have both publicly acknowledged the CSU & Cal Poly commitment to our undocumented students.

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.  If anyone affected has questions about their financial aid, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office to speak with a Financial Aid Counselor.

For the broader concerns this announcement creates for our DACA community, I urge you to take advantage of the resources Cal Poly offers our students, in particular, the DREAM Center located in Building 52 room E-11.

IMPORTANT UPDATES (effective September 19, 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 will be unavailable until the 2018-19 FAFSA opens on October 1, 2017. We may request a 2015 Tax Return Transcript to confirm information on your FAFSA.



  • Why hasn’t my financial aid disbursed?
    Financial Aid for the fall quarter has disbursed for students who are in the minimum required units, who have completed all of the items on their to-do list, and whose items have been reviewed.
  • What if I’m registered in less than full-time units?
    For Pell Grant, Cal Grant, and scholarships students must be registered full-time (12 units for undergraduates/8 units for graduate students) for those to disburse.  For student loans, students need to be enrolled half-time or greater (6 units for undergraduates/4 units for graduate students).  Students need to be in a minimum of 7 units for the State University Grant, SEOG, and EOP grant to disburse.  Students not in the required minimum units will have their aid revised after add/drop and accounts updated shortly thereafter. Students whose units have changed from full-time to less than full-time at the end of add/drop may owe a repayment.
  • Fee payments remain deferred for students with financial aid or scholarships of any amount even if it is later in the fall quarter.  To use financial aid for housing and dining expenses, certain criteria must be met.  For all payment information, please review the Student Account website.
  • Loan Cancellation – loans not accepted will be canceled the week of 9/25.  If a student or parent later decides they do want to borrow, as long as the student is enrolled and it is in this academic year, the loan can be re-offered.  Please note: Self-service will be unavailable from 9/25 to 9/28. This means students will be unable to accept or decline awards in the portal during this time.
  • For the 2018/2019 academic year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application can be completed starting October 1, 2017. We encourage all of our financial aid students to complete their application by March 2, 2018, priority filing date to maximize potential aid opportunities.



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
  • 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:






9 a.m. to noon & 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (closed 12-1) Monday - Thursday.

No telephones on Friday.

Walk-Up Window 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
Counselor Availability

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

No appointments taken; walk-in basis only.


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