Office of Financial Aid
College is likely to be one of the most important purchases 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. The Financial Aid office is here to help you secure the resources to fund your education.
Student Loan Forgiveness
On August 24, 2022, President Biden announced that the US Department of Education will forgive $10,000 in student loan debt to existing borrowers with incomes below $125K (or $250K for married couple), and $20,000 to those who also received Pell Grant assistance. This relief only applies to loans borrowed and received before 6/30/22. Check your student aid history, including loan balances and Pell Grant status, at www.studentaid.gov. You can also sign up to be notified by the U.S. Department of Education for additional information as it's released.
Applying for Aid
The process of applying for Financial Aid is simple. Learn how to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application.
Calculate Your Costs
Our easy to read charts provide a realistic estimate of what it will cost you to attend Cal Poly. This estimate includes allowances for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies and other expenses. There is also a step-by-step guide to help you figure out your net (out-of-pocket) cost of attendance.
Types of Aid
The type of funding that you are eligible for is determined by the information you give while completing your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application. Aid could include scholarships, grants, loans and/or work-study opportunities.
Tools and resources
Our financial aid calendar is a great tool to make sure you are staying up-to-date and on-track with the financial aid process.
Financial Aid Management
Learn more about the financial aid eligibility and processes, policies and procedures, and what happens with aid after you graduate.
Terms to Remember
Sometimes it can feel like financial aid has its own language. Use this glossary to learn the most frequently used terms and acronyms.
Cal Poly’s Federal School Code is 001143
You will use this code when completing your FAFSA.