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Fund Your Future

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.


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.

How to Apply for Aid

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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. 

Costs of Attendance Charts

determine Your Net Cost of Attendance

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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. 

Available Forms of Financial Aid 

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Tools and resources

Financial Aid Management

Learn more about the financial aid eligibility and processes, policies and procedures, and what happens with aid after you graduate.  

Manage Your Aid

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.

Financial Aid Glossary

Cal Poly’s Federal School Code is 001143
You will use this code when completing your FAFSA.