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Cal Poly Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$23,430 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$5,472 tuition
$12,507 on campus room & board
$1,848 books and supplies
$3,603 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$34,590 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$16,632 tuition
$12,507 on campus room & board
$1,848 books and supplies
$3,603 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$3,768 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
46% of students receive aid
11% get federal aid ($4,785 avg)
27% get state aid ($3,121 avg)
25% get institn'l aid ($3,768 avg)
25% get loans ($5,633 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 1.33% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 0.585% 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 $5,713 40%
Federal Grant Aid $4,785 11%
Pell Grants $4,379 11%
Other Federal Grants $504 9%
Institution Grant Aid $3,768 25%
State Grant Aid $3,121 27%
Student Loans $5,633 25%
Federal Loans $5,236 24%
Other Loans $13,847 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
1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
(805) 756-1111
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State -
Out of State $248


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Mochi from San Luis Obispo, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Definitely a good school for the price! All my major classes have had around 30 people. Unlike most public schools, where classes are huge lectures with hundreds of people, professors will actually take the time to get to know you.

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  • 4
  • Danny from Middletown, NJ
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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