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


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 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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  • 5
  • Isabella from Tulare, CA
  • Dec-17-2014 I am a current student here

    It's expensive for a CSU but there is so much real life work experience available here and Cal Poly grads are among some of the highest paid in the country.

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