Financial Aid - Summer 2019

As with the regular academic year, students must be a matriculated, degree-seeking Cal Poly student in a regular Cal Poly Program to be eligible for summer financial aid.

Initial summer financial aid awards will be made starting in May to eligible students who are registered for the summer term, have a 2018-19 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application on file with Cal Poly and meet current Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

**Limited summer grants are available this year and will be awarded to students with a 0 EFC**

Students who are not eligible for summer aid will be notified via a message on their To Do List. Students can then decide if they will pay for their summer courses directly or not attend.

Students who have loan eligibility will also be notified via a message on their To Do List and will need to notify the Financial Aid Office if they want to borrow for the summer. Half-time enrollment is required to be loan eligible.

To be considered for summer aid, you must complete the 2018-19 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application. If you have not already filed the 2018-19 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application, it must be completed no later than 10:00 pm PDT June 30, 2019.

Summer aid eligibility is based on the number of units in which you are enrolled, your family contribution, and remaining eligibility in the following financial aid programs:

  • Extended Education Summer Grant
  • Pell Grant
  • Federal Direct Loan (SUB and UNSUB)
  • Graduate PLUS Loan
  • Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)*

To be eligible for a summer loan students must be registered in at least half-time units (6 units for undergraduate and 4 units for graduate students).

If you have used 100% of your Pell Grant during the academic year, you must be enrolled in at least half-time units to be considered for a summer Pell Grant.

*Note: Parent (PLUS) Loan Borrowers: You must complete the summer PLUS application at even if you borrowed a PLUS loan during the academic year (fall, winter or spring). PLUS loan applications for summer will be available after May 1, 2019.

Summer enrolled students can check their Cal Poly 'To Do List' for summer messages.

Summer courses start on Monday, June 24, 2019.  Students eligible for financial aid disbursement (enrolled in the first 5-week session, full-time for Pell Grant, at least half-time for student loans) should begin to have funds disbursed to their student accounts on Monday, June 24, 2019. Refunds will occur starting on Friday, June 28, 2019.  Enrollment in less than full-time will delay Pell Grant disbursement until the third week of the term. Please budget your personal resources appropriately.

Please note: if your half time status is due to enrollment in concurrent 5-week courses, your enrollment will be checked and if your enrollment changes to below half-time, the summer loan may be revoked and be immediately due and payable to Cal Poly.

Students enrolled in only the 2nd 5-week session cannot have aid disburse until the start of the session.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

If you are a continuing student and on financial aid probation for the 2018-19 academic year, aid will not be awarded until spring grades are posted and we can verify your satisfactory academic progress (after 6/21/19). For details, read Cal Poly's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.  You will need to plan to pay for classes directly and be reimbursed by aid if it is determined you have eligibility for summer aid.

After spring grades are posted any student who did not meet SAP for 2018-19 will have summer aid canceled and would need to appeal for continued eligibility.  See link above.

For additional information about Summer Term 2019, go to:


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