Cost and Aid
College is likely to be one of the most important investments you will make and could be your first significant financial obligation. With smart planning at the early stages of your education, you can help position yourself well for decades to come.
Estimated Costs of Attendance for 2023-2024
A visit to our Costs of Attendance page can help you budget for tuition, housing, books, travel and other fees. This page includes a breakdown of estimated costs for undergraduate California residents, non-California residents and international students.
How Much You’ll Pay
Our Net Price Calculator can help you get a better estimate of your costs based on what similar students paid in a previous year.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
The Cal Poly Financial Aid office can help you find ways to make your university education affordable. Cal Poly offers different types of financial aid including scholarships, grants, loans and work study opportunities. The types and amounts of aid Cal Poly will award you depends on your availability of funds, your enrollment status, and your financial need.
To be considered for most forms of financial aid and scholarships awarded by our office, you need to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Please note: The FAFSA is changing this year — it will open late Dec. 2023. Please visit our FAFSA Simplification webpage to learn more. You should submit your FAFSA as possible the year before you plan to enroll.
California residents who aren’t eligible to file a FAFSA but meet AB 540 Status requirements should complete the California Dream Act Application instead. Make sure you file this application by March 2 to maximize your potential aid opportunities.