California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Pomona, CA, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
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Average Amount
< $30k
$30k - $48k
$48k - $75k
$75k - $110k
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
Books and Supplies
Tuition Payment Plan
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: [email protected]

Aid & Grants

Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
Students receiving state aid
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
Students receiving federal aid
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
Average Loan Amount Per Year
Students receiving federal loans
Average Federal Loans Per Year
Average Other Loans Per Year
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
Loan Default Rate
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.

What Students Are Saying

3.79 Average Rating
The school is easily one of the most affordable schools around, even with the problems of the state budget crisis. With low tuition and reasonable housing costs, it makes it easy to put money towards other supplies or assures you that you won't be in debt the rest of your life. CPP also has some of the most prestigious and highest nationally ranked programs around. For the price I'm getting some of the most desired and useful knowledge in the state.
Beau from Napa, CA
With the cost of housing at Pomona comes a gym membership, which most students use more than once a week. The meal plan is very flexible. Along with being able to eat in Los Olivos Commons, which is like a mall food court or buffet, a student can cash out $6 at the store underneath the commons. $6 does go a long way there. there is also the option of going to any of the numerous fast food restaurants or marketplaces on campus. There is something here for every one's appetite. The tuition and books are steep priced, but what college isn't expensive in this economic time? CPP does have many scholarship and loan opportunities. There is bound to be at least one scholarship opportunity for every student.
Chelsey from CA
Even during the hard times like we are currently experiencing, CPP's tuition is still reasonable. You get good classes and learn a lot from the professors that teach here.
Lindsey from Chino Hills, CA
things are expensive on campus(food especially). parking passes are also really expensive. they don't offer all the classes at the same time, which makes it difficult to graduate in time if you don't take a class in time. compared to slo and other csu's and uc's though, it isn't that expensive. the school does offer you aid if you have applied for financial aid (fafsa). i do believe that i am getting a good education and that most of the professors here are quality, but it still is expensive to attend here (but what school isn't anymore?). you get a lot of hands on experience in class (they offer plenty of labs, but seem to offer a lot less lectures), and it is really helpful when you are applying for jobs and internships to have that experience already. this school is still affordable despite the rising costs.
Kaitlin from Merced, CA
I feel like I'm getting most of my money's worth here. The classes are great, I love the polytechnic style of teaching because most of my teachers know my name. The only reason I would complain is because my high school was extremely challenging, and when I came here I declared a major that wasn't too difficult and I found that I didn't feel as challenged as I could be. However, many people here, especially engineering, architecture, math, animal sciences, etc. majors are very challenged and most definitely are getting their full money's worth.
Margot from San Diego, CA
With the tuition you pay you not only get into the classes you need but you have a support group in everything that you do, you get into all sports events on campus, you have access to over 100 clubs, and a convenient health center, which trust me you will use and you will be thankful there is one on campus handy for you.
Samantha from Riverside, CA
The cost of tuition was one of the reasons I chose to attend Cal Poly. Why pay $30,000 a year to sit in a lecture hall filled with 400 other students when you could pay $5,000 a year for the same education and smaller class sizes? In the end, a bachelor's degree is a bachelor's degree, no matter which school it comes from. Might as well save yourself a few bucks.
Emily from Covina, CA
I am sure we have all heard of budget cuts and how tuition is about to go up next year because of it. Only disadvantage at cal poly is that you have to end up buying books 3x a year which can get expensive but there is financial aid and the education you get here for the money you pay is definitely worth it. It is about the same in any other CSU campus.
Leticia Ysabel from El Cajon, CA
So far, I would say it has proven to be a great investment. Academically, I have definitely improved on my writing skills--I now have a better idea for the use of commas, semicolons, grammar stuff. Socially, I have definitely gotten out of my comfort zone, I learned how to use chopsticks, I sang karaoke in front of people--I hate singing in front of people. So far so good!
Keimahney from Bakersfield, CA

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