Financial Aid

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.

→ Learn more about the Cal Poly Cares grants

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.

Do you expect financial aid processing delays?

At this point, we are not experiencing any processing delays.

What happens to my financial aid if I attend part-time?

Financial aid’s Part-Time Enrollment page provides details about how enrollment status may affect your aid.

Can I still meet with my financial aid counselor?

Absolutely! Students, parents, and supporters can send requests for a video meeting (via Zoom) to 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.

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.

Where can I go to find more information on fees and financial aid disbursements?

For more information and support, please visit the Cal Poly Student Account website,


Federal Cares Act Emergency Student Grant Report 10/14/20 and Institutional Grant Reports 10/30/20 and 1/8/21


According to the Federal Cares Act Requirements, the following information regarding the Student Emergency Grants are being made available and per new federal guidance will be updated Quarterly (October/January/April/July) until the emergency grant funds are fully expended. Earlier updates occurred 5/26, 7/9 and 8/21. This is the first quarterly report and is cumulative. 

Additionally, the campus must provide a public report on a quarterly basis of how the institutional portion of the grant funds have been utilized to offset COVID related expenses incurred by Cal Poly.


Institutional Grant Report

The total amount allocated to Cal Poly is $14,095,976 of that, 50% or $7,047,988 is allocated for emergency student grants (see below).  The remaining 50% is allocated to be used for institutional costs resulting from COVID.  As a Minority Serving Institution, Cal Poly has been awarded another $57,643 to support institutional expenses related to COVID for a total of $7,105,631. 

For additional information, please access quarterly reports of institutional expense below:


Emergency Student Grant Report

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 12/31/2020 is $7,029,208.

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 6,734.

Cal Poly awarded block grants in the spring 2020 quarter to students who completed a FAFSA, had an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 0-19,999, were eligible for Title IV aid and were enrolled in the spring quarter at least half time ranging from $200 to $1600. Additional funds have been and continue to be awarded to eligible students through the Cal Poly Cares application ranging from $50-$2000.

All currently enrolled students who have additional expenses related to the disruption of campus activities due to COVID can apply for grant assistance through the Cal Poly Cares application.

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