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California Polytechnic State University

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A Cal Poly graduate can expect a great return on their investment in their education. In a 2008–2009, self-reported survey conducted by Career Services, 81 percent of graduates reported they are working full time or attending graduate school (56 percent reported job offers before graduation). Science and tech-oriented grads are in high demand in the job market, and so once you get the degree it’s a relatively easy sell, especially since Cal Poly hosts from 300 to 600 different employers each year through its on-campus recruiting program and job fair events.
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Visiting And Contact Information

Admissions Office

Cal Poly

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0031

United States

Phone: 805-756-2311

Fax: 805-756-5400


Expenses per Academic Year
In-State Tuition:$5,472
On-Campus Room and Board:$11,123
On-Campus Room Only:$6,430
On-Campus Board Only:$4,693
Average Cost for Books and Supplies:$1,776
Required Fees:$3,252
Other Expenses:$1,338
Estimated Room for Commuters (not living at home):$6,430.00
Estimate Board for Commuters (living at home):$3,936.00
Estimate Board for Commuters (not living at home):$4,693.00
Estimate Transportation for Commuters (living at home):$1,158.00
Estimate Transportation for Commuters (not living at home):$1,158.00
Cost Per Credit-Hour (In-District):$
Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study:No

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Financial Aid Statistics
Financial Aid Rating: 60*
Average Percent of Need Met:58%
Average Total Financial Aid Package:$10,129
Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid:$3,259
Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid:$3,567
Average Need-Based Loan:$3,854

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Available Aid
Financial Aid Methodology Used:Federal
Scholarships and Grants:Federal Pell
State Scholarships / Grants
Private Scholarships
College / University Scholarships
Other:Federal TEACH Grant%
Federal Direct Student Loan Programs:Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
Direct PLUS Loans
Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFEL):Federal Perkins Loans
College/university loans from institutional funds
Other:Alternative loans
Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study):Yes
Direct Lender:No

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Financial Aid for International Students
Financial Aid Policy for International Students:Non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available
Required Financial Aid Forms:Admission application and academic records

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Financial Aid Application Process
Priority Financial Aid Application Deadline:03/02
Freshman Financial Aid Notification Date:Rolling Basis
Notification Begins:04/01
Required Forms:FAFSA
Financial Aid Office Phone Number:(805) 756-2927

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