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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: Cost and Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office

Contacting the office:805 756-2927
805 756-7243 (fax)
financialaid@calpoly.edu
FAFSA number:001143
Financial aid homepage: financialaid.calpoly.edu/

Expenses

Undergraduate tuition:$9,000; $20,160 out-of-state
Tuition notes:out-of-state tuition based on $248 per credit hour0
Book fees:$1,500
Miscellaneous expenses:$2,592
Other expenses:personal, transportation
Combined room and board expenses:$12,009

Applying for Aid

Required formPriority dateRolling?Closing date
FAFSAMarch 1yesJune 30
Institution's own financial aid form March 1noJune 30
Date award notification begins:April 15
Applied for financial aid:
  • 78% of first-year students 
  • 61% of full-time undergraduates 
  • 38% of part-time undergraduates
Determined to have financial need:
  • 54% of first-year students 
  • 68% of full-time undergraduates 
  • 74% of part-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any financial aid:
  • 96% of first-year students 
  • 96% of full-time undergraduates 
  • 84% of part-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any need-based gift aid:
  • 95% of first-year students 
  • 95% of full-time undergraduates 
  • 93% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received need-based self-help aid:
  • 66% of first-year students 
  • 66% of full-time undergraduates 
  • 55% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received any non-need-based gift aid:
  • 4% of first-year students 
  • 3% of full-time undergraduates 
  • 1% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid whose need was fully met (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
  • 10% of first-year students 
  • 8% of full-time undergraduates 
  • 3% of part-time undergraduates
Average percent of need that was met of students who received any need-based aid (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
  • 55% for first-year students 
  • 56% for full-time undergraduates 
  • 39% for part-time undergraduates
Average financial aid package (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
  • $9,228 for first-year students 
  • $9,864 for full-time undergraduates 
  • $5,578 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based gift award:
  • $3,177 for first-year students 
  • $3,525 for full-time undergraduates 
  • $2,372 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based self-help award (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
  • $3,158 for first-year students
  • $3,906 for full-time undergraduates 
  • $3,547 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based loan (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
  • $3,276 for first-year students 
  • $4,029 for full-time undergraduates 
  • $3,591 for part-time undergraduates
Students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
  • 14% of first-year students 
  • 11% of full-time undergraduates 
  • 5% of part-time undergraduates
Average award to students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
  • $2,072 for first-year students 
  • $1,947 for full-time undergraduates 
  • $1,428 for part-time undergraduates
Students who received a non-need-based athletic award:
  • 2% of first-year students 
  • 2% of full-time undergraduates 
  • 0% of part-time undergraduates
Average non-need-based athletic award:
  • $3,411 for first-year students 
  • $5,275 for full-time undergraduates 
  • $3,384 for part-time undergraduates
School participates in Federal Work-Study Program:yes

Types of Aid Available

Parent loans packaged to meet need:
  • FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL PLUS Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • College/University Loans
  • Alternative Loans
Types of payment plans:
  • school's own payment plan(s)
  • Federal TEACH Grant
Need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • need-based (general)
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • SEOG
  • state scholarships/grants
  • college/university scholarships/grants (institutional funds)
  • private scholarships/grants
Non-need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • non-need-based (general)
  • state scholarships/grants
  • academic merit scholarships/grants
  • creative arts/performance
  • special achievements/activities
  • athletic scholarships
  • ROTC scholarships
  • alumni affiliation, job skills, and state/district residency scholarships.
Percent of scholarship aid awarded to out-of-state students: 0%

Additional Information

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, the CSU must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees.