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Cal Poly Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$20,476 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$5,472 tuition
$10,679 on campus room & board
$1,754 books
$2,571 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$32,134 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$17,130 tuition
$10,679 on campus room & board
$1,754 books
$2,571 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$3,978 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
48% of students receive aid
14% get federal aid ($4,432 avg)
23% get state aid ($3,458 avg)
26% get institn'l aid ($3,978 avg)
30% get loans ($5,692 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 9.36% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.04% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $6,463 37%
Federal Grant Aid $4,432 14%
Pell Grants $4,045 14%
Other Federal Grants $542 11%
Institution Grant Aid $3,978 26%
State Grant Aid $3,458 23%
Student Loans $5,692 30%
Federal Loans $5,212 29%
Other Loans $11,424 1%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
- Y Y R Y
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 2
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Financial Aid Contact Info
One Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
(805) 756-1111


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Almarine from Kailua Kona, HI
  • Aug-05-2014 I am a current student here

    If you are an instate student this school is a great option for a high level of education at a low cost. The tuition is reasonable thanks to state funding and the university is widely recognized as one of the best CSUs and has individual programs ranked top in the nation. Out of state tuition is almost ridiculously high in comparison but if you are planning going into one of their recognized programs, like architecture, it is still well worth the price.

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  • 5
  • Aleksandr from Carmichael, CA
  • May-03-2014 I am a current student here

    CSU price for a UC education. Pay half the price (or less!) to get one of the best and most balanced educations California has to offer.

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  • 5
  • Thomas from San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Mar-10-2014 I am a current student here

    Cal Poly really does give the students the best bang for their buck. Being on the quarter system allows it for people to take much more classes in order to get out of college and into the real world quicker. Learn by doing also provides students who have difficulties learning only in classrooms to explore with building and their imaginations.

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  • 5
  • Shota from Los Angeles, CA
  • Mar-04-2014 I am a current student here

    Cal Poly is definitely worth the money. I was a little bit upset they raise their tuition every year, but the quality of education you get from the money is awesome. The education is as good as any other undergraduate school, especially for engineering, but cheaper. However, compared to other Cal States and Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly SLO has a higher cost of attendance.

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