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Cal Poly Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$21,663 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$5,472 tuition
$11,163 on campus room & board
$1,776 books and supplies
$3,252 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$32,823 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$16,632 tuition
$11,163 on campus room & board
$1,776 books and supplies
$3,252 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$3,827 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
50% of students receive aid
14% get federal aid ($4,868 avg)
25% get state aid ($3,403 avg)
31% get institn'l aid ($3,827 avg)
29% get loans ($5,843 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 12.3% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.44% 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 $6,583 41%
Federal Grant Aid $4,868 14%
Pell Grants $4,281 14%
Other Federal Grants $720 12%
Institution Grant Aid $3,827 31%
State Grant Aid $3,403 25%
Student Loans $5,843 29%
Federal Loans $5,168 29%
Other Loans $13,585 2%

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
1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
(805) 756-1111


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Danny from Middletown, NJ
  • Mar-09-2015 I am a current student here

    The weather is bomb. Out of state students -- beware of the costs. Do well in finding scholarships outside of Cal Poly -- those will get you a long way. 32,000 is the rough estimate. Prepare to spend about 40-45,000 with all outside costs and the extra units you take up -- I'm talking to you architecture students!

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  • 5
  • Kevin Joseph
  • Jan-15-2015 I am a current student here

    It's one of those colleges with the best RoI (Return on Investment) It certainly comes at a fairly good price.

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  • 5
  • Davis from Simi Valley, CA
  • Jan-02-2015 I am a current student here

    Compared to most other schools, Cal Poly is inexpensive, costing 20,000 a year if your'e in-state. Out of state is more costly, though still cheap compared to other schools. IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY.

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  • 5
  • Adam from san luis obispo, CA
  • Dec-23-2014 I am a current student here

    Cal poly is very inexpensive compared to most universities while providing a great education. 90% of students obtain a job within 6 months of graduating.

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  • 5
  • Danica from Los Osos, CA
  • Dec-23-2014 I am a current student here

    I have been attending Cal Poly for a quarter now, however I can tell it is top level education. Also, Cal Poly is around $10,000 cheaper then the UC's, if not more from the tuition hike.

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