Emergency Financial Support
Cal Poly Cares
One-time emergency grants are available to students struggling with housing and meals, tuition and academic supplies, medical and transportation needs, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Financial Aid Office still open?
The Financial Aid Office remains fully operational. Our physical office on campus is not open, but our team is working remotely.
Will spring disbursement be delayed?
No. Spring disbursement remains on-time and is still scheduled for Monday, March 23. The first direct deposit refunds of excess financial aid are still scheduled for Friday, March 27 as well.
Do you expect financial aid processing delays?
At this point, we are not experiencing any processing delays.
Can I still meet with my financial aid counselor?
Absolutely! Students, parents, and supporters can send requests for a video meeting (via Zoom) to email@example.com. If you'd prefer not to use the video feature, you can disable it and use the Zoom's audio-only option as well.
How do I submit my documents?
Students can still e-mail and fax non-sensitive documents. At this time, if students are still local and want to drop off paper documents, they can be left in the secure drop box in Building 1 (outside Room 212) where they are being collected regularly for processing. Please be sure that documents are complete, signed if necessary, and include the student EmplID number each page.
Have financial aid deadlines changed for current students?
The spring Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Appeal deadline was extended to Friday, April 24. All other deadlines remain the same.
What if my family's financial situation has changed as a result of COVID-19? Is there a way to have our financial aid re-evaluated?
We understand that many families are facing economic adversity and a financial situation that may be significantly different than what was reported on the FAFSA application. We encourage families who have experienced a loss of income to submit a Change of Income appeal, which will be available on our website after June 15, 2020.
We begin accepting these appeals in June because we will be requesting documentation of your current income for the first six months of 2020 to use as rationale for any potential adjustments. During this process, we can re-evaluate your eligibility for financial aid based on this updated income information.
Financial Aid disburses funds the Monday before classes start and Student Accounts processes refunds (checks and direct deposits) by the Friday before classes start. That moves the disbursement and refunds from March 23 and March 27 to March 30 and April 3. For more information and support, please visit the Cal Poly Student Account website, https://afd.calpoly.edu/student-accounts/.
Federal Cares Act Emergency Student Grant Report 7/9/20
According to the Federal Cares Act Requirements, the following information regarding the Student Emergency Grants are being made available and will be updated every 45 days until the emergency grant funds are fully expended. The 30 day report was posted on 5/26. This is the 1st 45-day update:
Cal Poly signed and returned to the Department of Education the signed certification and agreement to receive Cares Act funding which assures that no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) will be used to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
The total amount allocated to Cal Poly under this provision is $14,095,976.
Of the $7,047,988 to be awarded as emergency grants, the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students as of 7/9/20 is $6,937,473.
The estimated total number of students at Cal Poly eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in the Title IV of Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES act is 15,167
The total number of students who have received an emergency grant is 6,695.
Cal Poly has awarded block grants to students who completed a FAFSA, have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 0-19,999, are eligible for Title IV aid and are enrolled in the spring quarter at least half time ranging from $200 to $1600. Additional funds have been awarded to eligible students through the Cal Poly Cares application ranging from $50-$2000.
Students have been automatically awarded block grants based on EFC and federal aid eligibility to assist with expenses related to the disruption of campus activities due to the coronavirus. All enrolled students were sent an email in early May indicating that students not awarded a block grant, or who have additional expenses related to the disruption of campus activities can apply for grant assistance through the Cal Poly Cares application.