Dec 03, 2021  
2021-2022 University Catalog 
    
2021-2022 University Catalog

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Admissions Procedures and Policies

Requirements for admission to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona are in accordance with Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3, of the California Code of Regulations. Complete information is available on the California State University website.

All CSU applications must be submitted online on the Cal State Apply website. An acknowledgment will be sent to the applicant when the online application has been submitted.

Importance of Filing Complete, Accurate, and Authentic Application Documents

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona advises prospective students that they must supply complete and accurate information on the application for admission, residency questionnaire and financial aid forms. Further, applicants must, when requested, submit authentic and official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted. Failure to file complete, accurate and authentic application documents may result in denial of admission, cancellation of registration or academic credit, suspension or expulsion (Section 41301, Article 1.1, Title 5, California Code of Regulations).

To expedite the transcript process, prospective students can request an electronic copy of their transcripts be sent to Cal Poly Pomona from their institution. Transcripts can also be mailed directly to the Office of Admission at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, from each institution attended. We will also accept sealed, hand-carried transcripts. In some cases, original or certified copies of official academic records from non-U.S. institutions submitted by the applicant may be accepted. Transcripts submitted in support of a prospective student's application remain the property of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and cannot be returned to the applicant.

CSU Immunization Requirements

Entering CSU students are required to present proof of the following immunizations to the CSU campus they will be attending before the beginning of their first term of enrollment.

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR): Two (2) doses with the first dose on or after 1st birthday; OR positive titer (laboratory evidence of immunity to disease)

Hepatitis B (Hep B): All new students who will be 18 years of age or younger at the start of their first term at a CSU campus must provide proof of full immunization against Hepatitis B before enrolling. Full immunization against Hepatitis B consists of (3) timed doses of vaccine over a minimum 4 to 6 months period. If you need further detail please consult Student Health Services at (909) 869-2759.

Varicella (chickenpox): Two (2) doses with first dose on or after 1st birthday; OR positive titer (laboratory evidence of immunity to disease) prior to enrollment.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap): One (1) dose after age 7.

Meningococcal conjugate (Serogroups A, C, Y, & W-135): One (1) dose on or after 16 for all students and age 21 or younger.

Tuberculosis Screening/Risk Assessment: All incoming student must complete a Tuberculosis risk questionnaire. Incoming student who are at higher risk* for TB infection, as indicated by answering "yes" to any of the screening questions, should undergo either skin or blood testing for TB infection within one year of CSU entry.

*Higher risk include travel or living in South or Central America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East; prior positive TB test; or exposure to someone with active TB disease.

The above are not admission requirements, but are required of students as conditions of enrollment in CSU.

MEETING THESE REQUIREMENTS (One or more of these options may be needed to show proof of all immunizations):

  1. Have a physician complete an immunization history form and mail or fax, (909) 869-4425, the form to Student Health Services, or
  2. send a copy of the California High School Immunization Record which may be available from the high school the student attended,or
  3. send a copy of a childhood immunization record, or
  4. send a copy of a physician's statement certifying past infection with both Measles and Rubella (German Measles), and/or Hepatitis B, or
  5. be immunized for Measles and Rubella, and/or Hepatitis B.

Call (909) 869-4000 to schedule an immunization appointment with Student Health Services. Further information is available on the Immunization Hotline at (909) 869-2759 or on the Student Health Services web page at https://www.cpp.edu/~healthcounseling/immunizations/required-immunizations.shtml.

Reservation

The university reserves the right to select its students and deny admission to the university or any of its programs as the university, in its sole discretion, determines appropriate based on an applicant's suitability and the best interests of the university.

Impacted Programs

The CSU designates programs as impacted when more applications from regularly eligible applicants are received in the initial filing period (October and November for fall terms, June for winter terms, August for spring terms, February for summer terms) than can be accommodated. Some programs are impacted at every campus which they are offered; others are impacted only at a few campuses. Candidates for admission must meet all of the campus' specified supplementary admission criteria if applying to an impacted program or campus.

The CSU will announce during the fall filing period those campuses or programs that are impacted. Detailed information on campus and program impaction is available on the Impaction at the CSU website.

Campuses will communicate supplementary admission criteria for all impacted programs to high schools and community colleges in their application service area and will disseminate this information to the public through appropriate media. This information will also be published on the Cal Poly Pomona website at https://www.cpp.edu/admissions/transfer/impacted-majors.shtml.

Applicants must file applications for admission to an impacted program during the initial filing period. Applicants who wish to be considered for impacted programs at more than one campus should file an application at each campus for which they seek admission consideration.

Supplementary Admission Criteria

Each campus with impacted programs or class-level admission categories uses supplementary admission criteria in screening applicants. Supplementary criteria may include rank-ordering of freshman applicants based on the CSU eligibility index or rank-ordering of transfer applicants based on verification of the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) degrees, the overall transfer grade point average (GPA), completion of specified prerequisite courses and a combination of campus-developed criteria. Applicants for freshman admission to impacted campuses or programs may need to have a higher "a-g" GPA . In no case will standardized test scores be utilized in making freshman admission decisions.

The supplementary admission criteria used by individual campuses to screen applicants are made available by the campuses to all applicants seeking admission to an impacted program.

Undergraduate Application Procedures

Prospective students applying for part-time or full-time undergraduate programs of study must submit a completed undergraduate application. The $70 nonrefundable application fee should be paid online at the time of application via credit card or PayPal and may not be transferred or used to apply to another term. An alternate major may be requested on the application if desired by the campus. The applications of persons denied admission to an impacted campus may be redirected to another campus at no cost, but only if the applicant is CSU eligible.

Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Application Procedures

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants (i.e., doctorate, joint Ph.D. applicants, master's degree applicants, those seeking educational credentials or certificates and, where permitted, holders of baccalaureate degrees interested in taking courses for personal or professional growth) must file a complete graduate application as described in the graduate and post-baccalaureate admission materials on the Cal State Apply website. Applicants seeking a second bachelor's degree must submit the undergraduate application for admission. Applicants who completed undergraduate degree requirements in the preceding term are also required to complete and submit an application and the $70 nonrefundable application fee. To be assured of initial consideration by more than one campus, it is necessary to submit separate applications (including fees) to each. All CSU applications must be submitted online via the Cal State Apply website. An acknowledgement will be sent to the applicant when the online application has been submitted.

Undeclared Major

A first-time freshman, who has not selected a major, may apply and enter the university as an undeclared major. Undeclared majors must declare an academic major by the end of the second term in attendance at the university. They will be placed on degree requirements in effect at the time they enter the major. All undeclared majors are encouraged to take a course in Career and Personal Exploration (CPU 1100 , 3 units), a First-Year Experience course, or another course recommended by an academic advisor. Transfer and currently enrolled students in declared majors may not switch to an undeclared status. The central office for all undeclared majors is the Undeclared Student Program in the Bronco Advising Center, Building 121, first floor, blue counter, 909-869-4600.

Notice to Students RE: Professional Licensure and Certification

California State University programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the California State University and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The California State University has not determined whether its programs meet other states' educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete a California State University program, they will meet their state's requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

For more information, visit https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/about-the-csu/accreditation.

Application Filing Periods

(Not all campuses/programs are open for admission to every term)

Terms Applications First Accepted Initial Filing Period Filing Period Duration
Fall Semester or Quarter October 1 October 1 - November 30 Each non-impacted campus accepts applications until capacities are reached. Many campuses limit undergraduate admission in an enrollment category due to overall enrollment limits. If applying after the initial filing period, consult the campus admission office for current information.
Winter Quarter June 1 June 1 - 30
Spring Semester or Quarter August 1 August 1 - 31

Summer Semester or Quarter

(Most campuses do not admit students to summer term.)

February 1 February 1 - 28

On-time applicants may expect to receive an acknowledgment from the campuses to which they have applied within two to four weeks of filing the application. The notice may also include a request that applicants submit additional records necessary to evaluate academic qualifications. Applicants may be assured of admission if the evaluation of relevant qualifications indicates that applicants meet CSU admission requirements, and in the case of admission impaction, supplemental criteria for admission to an impacted program. Unless specific written approval/confirmation is received, an offer of admission is not transferable to another term or to another campus.

Applications are accepted during the initial filing period. Cal Poly Pomona may limit undergraduate admission in an enrollment category due to overall enrollment limits. If applying after the initial filing period, consult the Office of Admissions for current information. Admission application deadlines have been established for all terms. Please refer to the Office of Admissions website at https://www.cpp.edu/~admissions/ for specific dates. This website contains the most up-to-date information regarding admissions requirements, deadlines, closures, impaction criteria, and enrollment-related issues. Prospective students should check this website before submitting their applications and throughout their admission process.

Application Acknowledgment

On-time applicants may expect to receive an acknowledgment from the campuses to which they have applied within two to four weeks of filing the application. The notice may also include a request that applicants submit additional records necessary to evaluate academic qualifications. Applicants may be assured of admission if the evaluation of relevant qualifications indicates that applicants meet CSU admission requirements, and in the case of admission impaction, supplemental criteria for admission to an impacted program. Unless specific written approval/confirmation is received, an offer of admission is not transferable to another term or to another campus.

Hardship Petitions

The campus has established procedures for consideration of qualified applicants who would be faced with extreme hardship if not admitted. Petitioners should write the Office of Admissions regarding specific policies governing hardship admission.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Freshmen Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for first-time freshman admission if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);
  2. Complete the 15-unit comprehensive "a-g" pattern of college preparatory courses;
  3. Have completed, with grades of C- or better, each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements also known as the "a-g" pattern (see "Subject Requirements"); and
  • The CSU will accept "Credit" or "Pass" grades to satisfy "a-g" requirements completed during Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall 2020 terms and during Winter, Spring or Summer 2021 terms. The CSU expects and assumes that high school Pass (Credit) grades will represent work completed at the C- or higher level.
  1. Earn a qualifying "a-g" grade point average (GPA) as described below.
  • California residents and graduates of California high schools will be eligible for admission by earning a 2.50 or greater "a-g" GPA.
  • Any California high school graduate or resident of California earning a GPA between 2.00 and 2.49 may be evaluated for admission based upon supplemental factors such as number of courses exceeding minimum "a-g" requirements, household income, extracurricular involvement, and other available information that would inform the campus admission decision.
  • Non-California residents may be eligible for admission to the CSU by earning a 3.00 or greater "a-g" GPA along with other supplemental factors utilized by the individual campus, including those outlined by impacted campuses and programs.
  • Any Non-California resident earning a GPA between 2.47 and 2.99 may be evaluated for admission based upon supplemental factors such as number of courses exceeding minimum "a-g" requirements, household income, extracurricular involvement, and other available information that would inform the campus admission decision.
  1. Each CSU campus will determine the supplemental factors used with GPA to determine eligibility in these cases and communicate these criteria publicly for prospective students.

The California State University (CSU) has temporarily suspended the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years.

Grade Point Average and Test Score Requirement

CPP Eligibility Index - The CPP eligibility index is the combination of the high school GPA and other academic and non-academic factors. GPA is based on grades earned in courses taken during the final three years of high school. Included in calculation of GPA are grades earned in all college preparatory "a-g" subject requirements and bonus points for approved honors courses. Up to eight terms of honors courses taken in the last three years of high school, including up to two approved courses taken in the tenth grade can be accepted. Each unit of A in an honors course will receive a total of 5 points; B, 4 points; and C, 3 points.

Graduates of secondary schools in foreign countries must be judged to have academic preparation and abilities equivalent to applicants eligible under this section. California residents and graduates of California high schools will be eligible for admission by earning a 2.50 or greater "a-g" GPA. Any California high school graduate or resident of California earning a GPA between 2.00 and 2.49 may be evaluated for admission based upon other academic and on-academic factors. Non-California residents may be eligible for admission to the CSU by earning a 3.00 or greater "a-g" GPA along with other supplemental factors. Campuses use the SAT or ACT test results for advising and placement purposes.

Subject Requirements - The CSU requires that first-time freshmen applicants complete, with grades of C- or better, a comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units. A "unit" is one year of study in high school.

  • 2 years of social science, including 1 year of U.S. history, or U.S. history and government
  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra; four years recommended)
  • 2 years of laboratory science (1 biological and 1 physical, both must have laboratory instruction)
  • 2 years in the same foreign language (other than English; subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence)
  • 1 year of visual and performing arts: art, dance, drama/ theater, or music.
  • 1 year of electives: selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science, history, laboratory science, foreign language (other than English), visual and performing arts or other courses approved and included on the UC/CSU "a-g" list.

Foreign Language Subject Requirement - The foreign language subject requirement may be satisfied by applicants who demonstrate in a language other than English competence equivalent to or higher than that expected of students who complete two years of foreign language study. Consult with the CSU Admissions Handbook for further information.

Subject Requirement Substitution for Students with Disabilities - Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to complete college preparatory course requirements if possible. If you are judged unable to fulfill a specific course requirement because of your disability, alternate college preparatory courses may be substituted for specific subject requirements. Substitutions may be authorized on an individual basis after review and recommendation by your academic adviser or guidance counselor in consultation with the Director of the Disability Resource Center. For further information and substitution forms, please call the Disability Resource Center at (909) 869-3333.

The California Promise

The California Promise Program enables a specific number of CSU campuses to establish pledge programs for entering first-time students who are both interested and able to complete baccalaureate degrees in 4-years. All campuses have established programs for students with Associate Degrees for Transfer from any California Community College to complete their baccalaureate degrees in 2-years. The program is limited to students who are residents of California.

Students who commit to enter either the 4-year or 2-year pledge will be given a priority registration appointment for each state-supported enrollment period and will be provided with routine and thorough academic advisement. In order to remain in the program, students must meet with their advisors as prescribed, develop an enrollment plan and complete 30 semester units or the quarter equivalent within each academic year, including summer. Participating campuses may stipulate other requirements as well. Interested students entering the CSU should contact campus offices or visit https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/freshman/getting_into_the_csu/Pages/the-california-promise-program.aspx.

Cal Poly Pomona students can learn more about the CPP California Promise here: https://www.cpp.edu/studentsuccess/oss/graduation-pledge/index.shtml

High School Students

High school students may be considered for enrollment in certain special programs if recommended by the principal and the appropriate campus department chair and if preparation is equivalent to that required of eligible California high school graduates. Such admission is only for a given specific program and does not constitute a right to continued enrollment.

Provisional Admission

Cal Poly Pomona may provisionally admit first-time freshman applicants based on their academic preparation through the junior year of high school and planned coursework for the senior year. The campus will monitor the final terms of study to ensure that admitted students complete their secondary school studies satisfactorily, including the required college preparatory subjects, and graduate from high school. Students are required to submit an official transcript after graduation to certify that all coursework has been satisfactorily completed. Official high school transcripts must be received prior to the deadline set by the university. In no case may documentation of high school graduation be received any later than the census date for a student's first term of CSU enrollment. A campus may rescind admission decisions, cancel financial aid awards, withdraw housing contracts and cancel any university registration for students who are found to be ineligible after the final transcript has been evaluated. Applicants will qualify for regular (non-provisional) admission when the university verifies that they have graduated and received a high school diploma, have completed the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory "a-g" subjects and, if applying to an impacted program or campus, have met all supplementary criteria.

Subject requirements - The CSU requires that first-time freshman applicants complete, with grades of C- or better, a comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units. A "unit" is one year of study in high school.

  • 2 years of social science, including 1 year of U.S. history, or U.S. history and government
  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (algebra, geometry, and intermediate alegra; four years recommended)
  • 2 years of laboratory science (1 biological & 1 physical, both must have laboratory instruction)
  • 2 years in the same foreign language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence)
  • 1 year of visual and performing arts: art, dance, drama/theater, or music
  • 1 year of electives: selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science, history, laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts or other courses approved and included on the UC/CSU "a-g" list

Important Requirements for Admitted First-Time Freshmen

  1. Student Intent to Register and Enrollment Deposit - A Student Intent to Register (SIR) response and an enrollment confirmation deposit is now required of all admitted undergraduate applicants. Applicants who respond past the enrollment deposit deadline may be placed on an enrollment waiting list, deferred to a subsequent term, not permitted to register, or have their admission withdrawn.
  2. Document Deadlines - Applicants provisionally admitted who do not meet the final document deadline (see https://www.cpp.edu/admissions/freshmen/admitted.shtml) may have their admission rescinded and may not be eligible to enroll in the fall term.
  3. Orientation - It is mandatory for all incoming freshmen to attend orientation. Admitted students will receive information (from the Department of Orientation Services) regarding orientation following admission.
  4. ALEKS - It is the mathematics placement program that Cal Poly Pomona uses. Admitted student receive information (from the Mathematics & Statistics Department) regarding signing up for the placement exam. For further guidance refer to the Calculus Placement Assessment page (https://www.cpp.edu/sci/mathematics-statistics/calculus-placement.shtml).

Honors Courses

Up to eight term courses designated as honors courses in approved subjects and taken in the last two years of high school receive additional points in grade point average calculations. (If applicants only have six honor courses in the last two years, they can use maximum two honor courses in the tenth grade.) Each unit of A in approved courses will receive a total of 5 points; B, 4 points; C, 3 points; D, 1 point; and none for F grades.

Undergraduate English Language Requirement

All undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full time where English is the principal language of instruction must present a score of 70-71 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants taking the Computer Based Test of English as a Foreign Language must present a score of 195 or above. Some majors and some campuses may require a score higher than 70-71. A few campuses may also use alternative methods of assessing English fluency: Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP), and Duolingo. Each campus will posts the tests it accepts on its website and will notify students after they apply about the tests it accepts and when to submit scores.

CSU minimum TOEFL standards are:

  Internet Paper
Undergraduate 61 500
Graduate 80 550

Cal Poly Pomona Language Proficiency requirements are:

  Undergraduate Graduate
TOEFL 71 ibt 80 ibt*
IELTS 6.0 6.5
Duolingo 95 105*

*MA English requires 100 TOEFL or 120 Duolingo

The language proficiency test is not required of applicants who have completed at least three years full-time study at, or possess a Bachelor's degree from, an institution where English is the principal language of instruction.

Second Baccalaureate Degree

Admission to seek an additional bachelor's degree for holders of such degrees is processed by the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Planning in the same way as other undergraduate admissions.

A student who has earned a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution must meet the curricular requirements for the second baccalaureate degree as well as minimum residence requirements established by this university. A minimum of 30 semester units must be taken in residence and, of the 30 units, 24 shall be earned in upper division courses with 12 of these upper division units being in courses in the major.

Advanced standing will be granted for work completed for the original baccalaureate degree as applicable to the new degree objective. Work completed at this university prior to awarding of the original baccalaureate degree shall be counted as appropriate toward the residence requirements for the second degree. Any change in general degree requirements (such as general education) will have to be met in order to receive the second baccalaureate degree.

Transfer Policies of CSU campuses

Most commonly, college-level credits earned from an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency are accepted for transfer to campuses of the CSU; however, authority for decisions regarding the transfer of undergraduate credits is delegated to each CSU campus.

California Community Colleges and other authorized certifying institutions can certify up to 39 semester (58.5 quarter) units of General Education-Breadth (GE-Breadth) or 37 semester (55.5 quarter) units of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for transfer students to fulfill lower-division general education requirements for any CSU campus prior to transfer.

"Certification" is the official notification from a California Community College or authorized institution that a transfer student has completed courses fulfilling lower-division general education requirements. The CSU GE-Breadth and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certification course lists for particular community colleges can be accessed on the official transfer and articulation system for California's public colleges and universities website, assist.org.

CSU campuses may enter into course-to-course or program-to-program articulation agreements with other CSU campuses, any or all of the California community colleges and other regionally accredited institutions. Established CSU and CCC articulations may be found on assist.org. Students may be permitted to transfer no more than 70 semester (105 quarter) units to a CSU campus from an institution which does not offer bachelor's degrees or their equivalents, for example, community colleges. Given the university's 30-semester (45-quarter) unit residency requirement, no more than a total of 90 semester (135 quarter) units may be transferred into the university from all sources.

Undergraduate Transfer Requirements

Applicants who have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester college units (fewer than 90 quarter units) are considered lower-division transfer students. Applicants who have completed 60 or more transferable semester college units (90 or more quarter units) are considered upper-division transfer students. Applicants who complete college units during high school or through the summer immediately following high school graduation are considered first-time freshmen and must meet the CSU minimum eligibility requirements for first-time freshman admission. Transferable courses are those designated for baccalaureate credit by the college or university offering the courses and accepted as such by the campus to which the applicant seeks admission.

Lower-Division Transfer Requirements

Due to increased enrollment demands, most CSU campuses do not admit lower-division transfer applicants.

An applicant who completes fewer than 60 semester (90 quarter) units of college credit is considered a lower-division transfer student. Due to enrollment pressures, most CSU campuses do not admit lower-division transfers so that more upper-division transfers can be accommodated.

Having fewer than 60 semester (90 quarter) units at the point of transfer may affect eligibility for registration priority at CSU campuses and may affect the student's financial aid status.
California resident transfer applicants with fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter units must:

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better in all transferable units attempted;
  • Have completed, with a grade of C- or better, a course in written communication and a course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning at a level satisfying CSU General Education Breadth Area A2 and B4 requirements, respectively;
  • Be in good standing at the last institution attended; and
  • Meet any one of the following eligibility standards.

Transfer Based on Current Admission Criteria

The applicant meets the freshman admission requirements in effect for the term for which the application is filed; - OR -

Transfer Based on High School Eligibility

The applicant was eligible as a freshman at the time of high school graduation and has been in continuous attendance in an accredited college since high school graduation; - OR -

Transfer Based on Making Up Missing Subjects

The applicant had a qualifiable eligibility index at the time of high school graduation (combination of GPA and test scores if needed), has made up any missing college preparatory subject requirements with a grade of C- or better, and has been in continuous attendance in an accredited college since high school graduation.

One baccalaureate-level course of at least 3 semester (4 quarter) units is usually considered equivalent to one year of high school study.

(Note: Some campuses may require lower-division transfer students to complete specific college coursework, for example the four basic skill courses, as part of their admission criteria.)

Upper Division Transfer Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for upper-division transfer admission if they meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all transferable units attempted;
  2. In good standing at the last college or university attended; and
  3. Completed at least sixty (60) transferable semester (90 quarter) units of college level coursework with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and a grade C- or better in each course used to meet the CSU general education requirements in written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning, e.g. mathematics.

The 60 units must include at least 30 units of courses that meet CSU general education requirements, including all of the general education requirements in communication in the English language (both oral and written) and critical thinking and the requirement in mathematics/quantitative reasoning (usually 3 semester units) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements in English communication and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.

Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T)

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degrees offered at the California Community Colleges (CCC) are designed to provide a California community college student the optimum transfer preparation and a clear admission pathway to the CSU degree majors.

CCC students who earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission with junior standing to a CSU and given priority admission over other transfer applicants when applying to a local CSU campus or non-impacted CSU program. AA-T or AS- T admission applicants are given limited priority consideration based on their eligibility ranking to an impacted campus/program or to campuses/programs that have been deemed similar to the degree completed at the community college. Students who have completed an AA-T/AS-T in a program deemed similar to a CSU major are able to complete remaining requirements for graduation within 60 semester (90 quarter) units. It is the responsibility of the student who has earned an AA-T/AS-T to provide documentation of the degree to the CSU campus.

For more information on Cal Poly Pomona's impaction policy refer to the Admissions website.

Credit Awarded Through Associate Degrees for Transfer

When within the Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T/AS-T), a California Community College awards course equivalency credit for a CSU-approved standardized external examination - and the student's transcript is annotated to reflect the course to which credit was earned by examination - the CSU campus shall accept the course units awarded. These units shall be applied toward the lower-division minimum unit requirement for the CSU degree and, if applicable, toward meeting the minimum unit designation for the CSU major or CSU GE-Breadth requirements.

Provisional Admission Transfer Applicants

Cal Poly Pomona may provisionally or conditionally admit transfer applicants based on their academic preparation and courses planned for completion. The campus will monitor the final terms to ensure that those admitted complete all required courses satisfactorily. All accepted applicants are required to submit an official transcript of all college-level work completed. Campuses may rescind admission for any student who is found to be ineligible after the final transcript has been evaluated. In no case may such documents be received and validated by the university any later than a student's registration for their second term of CSU enrollment.

Important Requirements for Admitted Transfers

  1. Student Intent to Register and Enrollment Deposit - A Student Intent to Register (SIR) response and an enrollment confirmation deposit is now required of all admitted undergraduate applicants. Applicants who respond past the enrollment deposit deadline may be placed on an enrollment waiting list, deferred to a subsequent term, not permitted to register, or have their admission withdrawn.
  2. Document Deadlines - Applicants provisionally admitted who do not meet the final document deadline (see https://www.cpp.edu/admissions/transfer/admitted.shtml) may have their admission rescinded and may not be eligible to enroll in the fall term.
  3. Orientation - It is mandatory for all incoming transfer students to attend orientation. Admitted students will receive information (from the Department of Orientation Services) regarding orientation following admission. Transfer orientation is a 1-day program.

Early Start Program

The Early Start Program (ESP) serves CSU admitted freshmen who have not demonstrated proficiency in written communication and/or mathematics/quantitative reasoning as determined by systemwide placement standards. Participation in the Early Start Program is required for students needing skill development in these areas; students will be expected to enroll in a written communication course or a mathematics/quantitative reasoning course (but not both) during the summer period prior to the start of the fall term. Students required to participate in the Early Start Program may choose to enroll at any CSU campus; the earned baccalaureate credit will be transferred seamlessly to the student's destination campus.

The goal of the Early Start Program is to:

  • Better prepare students in written composition and mathematics/quantitative reasoning before the fall term of freshman year, improving students' chances of successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.
  • If required to participate in ESP, as determined by multiple measures, students will begin in the summer before the start of the freshman year.
  • For general information about ESP including fees and course listings, visit www.csustudentsuccess.org/earlystart. Students are encouraged to visit the campus website for ESP information once admitted.
  • Eligible financial aid applicants with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) or $5,000 or less will be eligible for waiver of the per unit ESP fee. For more information on assessments, placements and the Early Start Program, please visit www.csustudentsuccess.org.

Early Assessment Program

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort among the State Board of Education (SBE), the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California State University (CSU). The goal of the EAP program is to have California high school graduates enter the CSU fully prepared to begin college-level study.

More than 60 percent of the nearly 40,000 first-time freshmen admitted to the CSU require remedial education in English, mathematics or both. EAP provides an early signal to high school officials, students, and families as to where the 11th grader is positioned in relation to college level math and English and often affords an opportunity in 12 grade to address any deficiencies.

Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants may apply for a degree objective, a credential or certificate objective, or where approved, may have no program objective. Depending on the objective, the CSU will consider an application for admission as follows:

  • General Requirements - The minimum requirements for admission to graduate and post-baccalaureate studies at a CSU campus are in accordance with university regulations as well as Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations.
    • Specifically, a student shall at the time of enrollment: (1) have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities; (2) be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended; (3) have earned a grade point average of at least 2.5 on the last degree completed by the candidate or have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted; and (4) satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe. In unusual circumstances, a campus may make exceptions to these criteria.
    • Students who meet the minimum requirements for graduate and post-baccalaureate studies may be considered for admission in one of the four following categories:
      • Graduate Classified - To pursue a graduate degree, applicants are required to fulfill all of the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus; or
      • Graduate Conditionally Classified - Applicants may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authority, deficiencies may be remedied by additional preparation; or
      • Post-Baccalaureate Classified (e.g. admission to an education credential program) - Persons wishing to enroll in a credential or certificate program will be required to satisfy additional professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus; or
      • Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified - To enroll in undergraduate courses as preparation for advanced degree programs or to enroll in graduate courses for professional or personal growth, applicants must be admitted as post- baccalaureate unclassified students. By meeting the general requirements, applicants are eligible for admission as post-baccalaureate unclassified students. Admission in this status does not constitute admission to, or assurance of consideration for admission to, any graduate degree or credential program. (Most CSU campuses do not offer admission to unclassified post-baccalaureate students).

(These and other CSU admission requirements are subject to change as policies are revised and laws are amended. The CSU website and the admission portal are good sources for the most up-to-date information.)

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate English Language Requirement

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 550 Paper Based, 213 Computer Based, or 80 Internet Based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Some programs require a higher score. Several CSU campuses may use alternative methods for assessing fluency in English including Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP), and Duolingo.

The minimum TOEFL scores for the Urban and Regional Planning programs are 580 Paper Based, 237 Computer Based, or 92-93 Internet Based on the TOEFL. The master's program in English requires a minimum score of 585 Paper Based, 238 Computer Based, or 100 Internet Based on the TOEFL. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an acceptable measure of English Language Proficiency. All graduate students should contact their graduate coordinators in their intended major as requirements may vary.

International (Foreign) Student Admission Requirements

The CSU must assess the academic preparation of foreign students. For this purpose, "foreign students" include those who hold U.S. temporary visas as students, exchange visitors or in other nonimmigrant classifications.

The CSU uses separate requirements and application filing dates in the admission of foreign students. Verification of English proficiency (see the section on the English Language Requirement for undergraduate applicants), financial resources, and academic performance are each important considerations for admission. Academic records from foreign institutions must be on file at least ten weeks prior to the beginning of the term applied for and, if not in English, must be accompanied by certified English translations.

The university's strong curricular orientation toward performance and production well suits the academic needs of not only California but also other nations. For that reason, for decades Cal Poly Pomona has been committed to making an important contribution in the field of international education. Qualified students from all countries are encouraged to apply for admission and should use the following regulations as guidelines.

  1. All applicants must meet admission standards for English language proficiency. Please see section on TOEFL requirement.
  2. Cal Poly Pomona requires that original or certified copies of all original academic documents from non-U.S. institutions be submitted. The required documents include the complete official academic record (showing all course titles, dates taken and grades received), and academic diplomas or certificates awarded. These documents must be in the original language of issue. Official English translations must be provided as well as the official academic credentials in the original language. Applicants who have attended any U.S. institutions must request that official transcripts be sent directly from all of those institutions; certified copies of U.S. transcripts are not acceptable. Applicants to Master's or Credential programs must submit records from all post-secondary education. Applicants for undergraduate programs must submit records from all secondary and post-secondary education.
  3. International students who were granted F or J visas on the basis of their admission to another college or university are expected to complete at least one term at that institution. Visa students who are transferring from another U.S. college or university will not be considered for admission unless they have earned at least a 2.5 GPA.
  4. Permission to transfer from one school to another must be obtained in accordance with the regulations of the United States Immigration Service.
  5. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service requires undergraduate F or J visa students to carry a minimum study load of 12 semester units. Visa students in graduate programs must carry not less than 8 units. International students are required by immigration regulations to be making satisfactory progress towards their educational objective.
  6. All F or J visa students are required to carry health insurance.

Prospective students who wish further visa immigration information should contact the International Student Advisor in the International Center. Prospective international students should direct admission inquiries to the International Admissions Counselor in the Office of Admissions.

Insurance Requirement

Effective August 1, 1995, as a condition of receiving an I-20 or IAP-66 form, all F-1 and J-1 visa applicants must agree to obtain and maintain health insurance as a condition of registration and continued enrollment in the California State University. It is a requirement of enrollment at Cal Poly Pomona that all F-1 and J-1 visa holders purchase the approved campus health insurance policy. Effective fall quarter 1999, international students on F-1 or J-1 visas will be automatically billed through the Cashier's Office for yearlong health insurance coverage. Students are billed once each academic year for insurance, from the first term of enrollment to the end of the summer session. The annual premium is around $650.

Cal Poly Pomona does not have provisions for students to waive out of the insurance program. There is no exception to this rule. Further information may be obtained from the International Center, Building 1, Room 104.

High School Students

High school students may be considered for enrollment in certain special programs if recommended by the principal and the appropriate campus department chair and if preparation is equivalent to that required of eligible California high school graduates. Such admission is only for a given specific program and does not constitute a right to continued enrollment.

Adult Students

As an alternative to regular admission criteria, an applicant who is twenty-five years of age or older may be considered for admission as an adult student if he or she meet all of the following conditions:

  1. Possesses a high school diploma (or has established equivalence through either the General Education Development or California High School Proficiency Examinations).
  2. Has not been enrolled in college as a full-time student for more than one term during the past five years.
  3. If there has been any college attendance in the past five years, has earned a 2.00 GPA or better in all college work attempted.

Consideration will be based upon a judgment as to whether the applicant is as likely to succeed as a regularly admitted freshman or transfer student and will include an assessment of basic skills in the English language and mathematical computation.

Reapplication After Failure to Enroll

Applicants who fail to register for the term for which they have been accepted will have their admission eligibility canceled. A new application, application fee, and enrollment deposit (if admitted) must then be filed, and admission requirements and deadlines existing for the term of the new application must be met.

All transcripts on file for students who apply but do not attend are kept for two years if the student so requests. These transcripts may be used for admission during that period. However, transcripts of any additional work completed since the original transcripts were filed must be requested by the applicant from the college(s) attended, as part of the new application procedure.

Returning Students

Students who have been absent without prior approval for more than one term must apply for readmission. An application fee is charged before re-entry in such cases. An application with fee also must be filed by any student who enrolls elsewhere during an absence, with the following exceptions: (1) a summer session or extension program; (2) dual registration, with prior approval; (3) concurrent or visitor enrollment in another California State University. A student who was disqualified following the last term of attendance and has not been enrolled for more than two terms must file an application for re-admission as a returning disqualified student. If a student is returning to Cal Poly Pomona, after having attended another college/university, all traditional transfer admission requirements must be met (including supplemental requirements for impacted majors).

Immigration regulations for international students who have been absent without prior approval supersede Cal Poly Pomona policy. International students should consult with an International Student Advisor.

Returning students who have previously been enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona but have not been enrolled for five years or more will be required to submit new transcripts from all previous institutions attended in order to be re-admitted. Transcripts from previous institutions attended which are submitted for admissions purposes will not be maintained beyond five years after a student ceases to be enrolled at this institution.

Returning Veterans (Military or Alternative Service)

Students at Cal Poly Pomona entering active U.S. military service or approved alternative service are eligible for continuing student status following active service. Time served in active military or approved alternative service, including the entire term in which the student entered the service and the entire term in which he or she was discharged, will not be counted as a break in attendance in determining continuing student status.

Transfer Within State Universities or Colleges

Students enrolled in a California State University are eligible for admission at any other institution in the system, provided they are in good standing. Students on probation at their resident campus may apply for admission as transfer students to another campus in the system, subject to that institution's policy and space availability. A complete application is required, including fee, all official transcripts, and test score reports.

Visitors Within CSU

Matriculated students in good standing enrolled at one CSU campus may enroll at another CSU campus for one term. Credit earned at the host campus is reported at the student's request to the home campus to be included on the student's transcript at the home campus. Visitor transfers are approved for one term only and are subject to space availability and enrollment priority policies at the host campus. Enrollment as visitor transfers may be repeated after re-enrollment at the home campus. This opportunity may be particularly valuable to students whose educational progress can be enhanced by attending a full summer session at Cal Poly Pomona. Concurrent enrollment (see above) is not permitted during visitor status. Current Cal Poly Pomona students wishing to transfer temporarily to another CSU campus should obtain the appropriate form from the Registrar's Office. Visitor forms are to be approved at the home campus.

Concurrent Enrollment Within CSU

Students enrolled in any California State University may enroll concurrently at another CSU campus if they have completed 12 units at the home campus with a 2.0 grade point average and are in good standing. Concurrent enrollment is approved for a specific term, subject to space availability and registration priority policies at the host campus. Because of overlap in academic terms of campuses on term and quarter calendars, concurrent enrollment is subject to combinations and conditions described in the concurrent enrollment application forms available from the Registrar's Office, (909) 869-3000. Concurrent enrollment applications are to be approved at the home campus.

International students on visas should consult with the International Student Advisor in the International Center before finalizing plans.

CSU Fully Online

Full-time students enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona have access to fully articulated online courses at other term CSU campuses through Online Concurrent Enrollment (CSU fully online).  This access is offered without students being required to be admitted formally to the other CSU campus, and sometimes without paying additional fees.  Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine how such a course may apply to their degree program, prior to enrolling at another CSU campus.  More information is available through the Registrar's Office website: https://www.cpp.edu/~registrar/registration/Concurrent-Enrollment.shtml.

Cross Enrollment at University of California or California Community Colleges

Undergraduate students enrolled in the California State University may enroll, without formal admission and without payment of additional State University Fees, in a maximum of one course per academic term at a campus of either of the other systems on a space available basis and at the discretion of the appropriate campus authorities on both campuses. Enrollment in pre-collegiate courses is excluded.

A student is qualified to cross enroll if the student has met all of the following requirements.

  1. completed at least one term at the home campus as a matriculated student,
  2. enrolled for a minimum of six units for the current term,
  3. earned a grade point average of 2.0 (grade of C) for work completed,
  4. paid appropriate tuition and fees at home campus for the current term,
  5. completed appropriate academic preparation as determined by host campus, and
  6. is a California resident.

Details on cross enrollment conditions and procedures are available from the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Planning and/or Registrar's Office.

International students on visas should consult with the International Student Advisor in the International Center before finalizing plans.

Determination of Residency for Tuition Purposes

University requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes are independent from requirements for establishing residency for other purposes, such as for tax purposes, or other state or institutional residency. These regulations were promulgated not to determine whether a student is a resident or nonresident of California, but rather to determine whether a student qualifies to pay university fees at the in-state or out-of-state rate. A resident for tuition purposes is someone who meets the requirements set forth in the Uniform Student Residency Requirements. These laws governing residency for tuition purposes at the California State University are California Education Code sections 68000-68086, 68120- 68133, and 89705-89707.5, and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41900- 41915. This material can be viewed by accessing the California State University Office of General Counsel website.

Each campus's Admissions Office is responsible for determining the residency status of that campus's new and returning students based, as applicable, on the student's Application for Admission, Residency Questionnaire, and, as necessary, other information the student furnishes. A student who fails to provide sufficient information to establish resident status will be classified a nonresident.

Residency Requirements

Initial Determination: Legal Capacity, Physical Presence and Intent

To be classified as a resident for tuition purposes, a student must show they have been a legal California resident for more than one year immediately prior to the Residence Determination Date for the term of the application is made. Depending on the age, immigration status or visa type, a student may not have the legal capacity to establish California residency.

Generally, establishing California residency for tuition purposes requires a combination of physical presence and intent to remain indefinitely in the State of California. An adult who, at least 366 days prior to the residency determination date for the term in which resident status is sought, can demonstrate that both physical presence in the state combined with evidence of intent to remain in California indefinitely, may establish California residency for tuition purposes. A student under the age of 19 by the residency determination date derives residency from the parent(s) with whom the student resides or most recently resided. In addition, non-citizens establish residency in the same manner as citizens, unless precluded by the Immigration and Nationality Act from establishing domicile in the United States.

Evidence demonstrating intent to remain in the State of California indefinitely may vary from case to case, but will include, and is not necessarily limited to, the absence of residential ties to any other state, California voter registration and history of actually voting in California elections, maintaining California vehicle registration and driver's license, maintaining active California bank accounts, filing California income tax returns and listing a California address on federal tax returns, owning residential property or occupying or renting a residence where permanent belongings are kept, maintaining active memberships in California professional or social organizations, and maintaining a permanent military address and home of record in California.

Exceptions

Exceptions to the general residency requirements are contained in California Education Code sections 68070-68086 and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41906- 41906.6, 41910. Whether an exception applies to a particular student can only be determined after the submission of an application for admission and, as necessary, additional supporting documentation. Because neither the campus nor the Chancellor's Office staff may give legal advice, applicants are strongly urged to review the material for themselves and consult with a legal advisor.

Residency determination dates are set each term. They are:

Semester Campuses Quarter Term Campuses
Fall September 20 Fall September 20
Winter* January 5 Winter January 5
Spring January 25 Spring April 1
Summer June 1 Summer July 1

*Applies only to winter term at CSU Stanislaus.

CalState TEACH operates on a trimester system. The residency determination dates for CalState TEACH are as follows:

Fall September 20
Spring January 5
Summer June 1
Nonresident Tuition Exemptions for Military Servicemembers, Veterans, and Dependents
Background

Several state and federal laws provide exemptions from paying nonresident tuition for current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents. While these fee exemptions ensure students do not pay more than California residents, they do not establish California residency or establish eligibility for state benefits that require residency. Students receiving an exemption from nonresident tuition are encouraged, but in most cases not required, to take the necessary steps to establish California state residency. Eligibility for exemption from nonresident tuition is evaluated and established at the time of admission to a CSU campus. If a student has a break in enrollment requiring an application for readmission, residency status and eligibility for the nonresident tuition exemption will be reevaluated based on facts presented at the time of reapplication. To meet this exemption, the student must reside in California. However, they are not required to meet physical presence by the Residence Determination Date, intent, or financial independence residency requirements. The student is responsible for submitting supporting documents by the last day of the term. Any documents received after the last day of the term will be processed for the following term.

Servicemembers

A member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is stationed in the state shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition. (Note: California Education Code provides an expanded definition of "member of the Armed Forces of the United States" for this section (see footnote 2).

California law does not provide a nonresident tuition fee exemption to servicemembers on temporary military orders to attend a state-supported institution of higher education.

The following documents must be submitted to show evidence of eligibility:

  • A statement from the student's commanding officer or personnel officer stating that the assignment to active duty in this State is not for educational purposes, and
  • Military orders, a letter from the unit commander or personnel staff, or other military service personnel documents showing the date of assignment to California, and
  • A copy of the servicemember's orders indicating his/her assignment to California is a Permanent Change of Station (PCS).

Exemption from paying nonresident tuition continues for as long as the student is continuously enrolled at the same institution. The exemption continues even if the servicemember retires or is transferred to a different state for military duty.

Dependents of Servicemembers

A dependent of an active duty servicemember who meets either of the following criteria shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition.

The servicemember is on active duty and stationed in California.

Documents required

  • A statement from the servicemember's commanding officer or personnel officer that the servicemember is stationed in California on active duty as of the residence determination date, and
  • A statement that the student is a dependent of the servicemember and was claimed as a dependent for federal income tax purposes. The student has received transferred benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, resides in California, and is the dependent of an active duty servicemember of the U.S. Armed Forces who may be stationed anywhere.

The student has received transferred benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, resides in California, and is the dependent of an active duty servicemember of the U.S. Armed Forces who may be stationed anywhere.

Document Required

  • Certificate of Eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Exemption from paying nonresident tuition continues for as long as the student is continuously enrolled at the same institution. The exemption continues even if the servicemember retires or is transferred out of California for military duty.

Veterans

A veteran who meets any of the following criteria shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition.

(1) The veteran was stationed in California on active duty for more than one year immediately prior to being discharged. Note: This is a one-year exemption that must be used within two years of discharge, which requires the veteran to file an affidavit with the campus stating an intent to establish residency in California as soon as possible.

Documents required

  • DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), and
  • Military orders, a letter from the unit commander or personnel staff, or other military service personnel documents that show the date of assignment to California, and
  • Affidavit stating an intent to establish residency.NOTE: A former member of the U.S. Armed Forces who received a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge (as shown on the DD-214) is not eligible for a nonresident tuition exemption under this code.

(2) The veteran is eligible for either the Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty (MGIB - AD) or Post-9/11 GI Bill®

  • Must reside in California

Documents required

  • DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), and
  • Certificate of Eligibility from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

(3) The veteran is eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation.

  • Must reside in California

Documents Required

  • DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), and
  • VA Form 28-1905 "Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status."
Dependents of Veterans

A dependent of a veteran who meets either of the following criteria shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition.

The student is eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®​ and must reside in California

Documents Required

  • Certificate of Eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

(3) The student is eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, resides in California, and is the dependent of a servicemember of the U.S. Armed Forces who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.

Document Required

  • Certificate of Eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Exemption from paying nonresident tuition continues for as long as the student is continuously enrolled at the same institution.

ROTC Cadets

Enrollment in ROTC courses does not automatically qualify a student for a nonresident tuition exemption. Students can enroll in these courses without entering military service or incurring a service obligation. At the point a cadet becomes a member of the armed forces, he or she becomes qualified for a nonresident tuition exemption. See rules for Servicemembers above. Documents used to show membership in the armed forces may include a Department of Defense ID card and/or an enlistment contract or orders.

NOTE: Membership in or a contract for the Delayed Entry Program is not acceptable as the student has not yet entered into the service.

Military Definitions

Active Duty - full-time duty in the Armed Forces, other than active duty for training. Includes service as a cadet at the United States Military, Air Force, or Coast Guard Academy, or as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy. (Does not include full-time National Guard duty.)

Active Duty for Training - full-time duty in the Armed Forces performed by members of the reserve component of the Armed Forces for training purposes

Active Guard and Reserve Duty - means active duty performed by a member of a reserve component of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps, or full-time National Guard for a period of 180 consecutive days or more.

Certificate of Eligibility (COE) - a letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs showing a student's eligibility for G.I. Bill benefits, and the number of days of that benefit the student has available. Students who retrieve this information from the VA's eBenefits web portal may provide a document with this information in lieu of a COE.

Continuously Enrolled - enrolled for at least the fall and spring semesters of an academic year, or for at least three quarters in an academic year (the academic year does not include summer or other intersessions).

DD-214 - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. This document is provided to servicemembers at the time they are discharged from military service. Member Copy 2 or 4, showing the discharge date, type of discharge, and character of service, must be provided.

Dependent - a servicemember's spouse or child (natural or adopted child or stepchild)

Servicemember - A current member of the United States Armed Forces

Veteran - a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Armed Forces - The United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, including the reserve components thereof.

Please contact the campus for further information on military exceptions.

Reclassification - Financial Independence (only applies to continuing students)

A student classified as a nonresident for a prior term may seek reclassification in any subsequent term; however, reclassification requires that, in addition to satisfying the requirements of physical presence and intent to remain indefinitely in the state, the student must also satisfy the requirement of financial independence. A student seeking reclassification is required to complete a Residency Questionnaire that includes questions concerning financial independence. For additional information on intent, physical presence and financial independence requirements, refer to the California Residency for Tuition Purposes website.

Residency Appeals

A student classified as a nonresident may appeal a final campus decision within 30 days of notification by the campus. Appeals will be accepted only if at least one of the following criteria applies:

1. The decisions was based on:

a. significant error of fact by the campus;

b. a significant procedural error by the campus; or

c. an innocent application of the law which, if corrected would require that the student be reclassified as a California resident; and/or

2. Significant new information, not previously known or available to the student, became available after the date of the campus decision classifying the student as a nonresident and based on the new information, the classification as a nonresident is incorrect.

Instructions to submit an appeal and additional information can be found on the California Residency for Tuition Purposes website.

Appeals via email, fax and U.S. mail will not be accepted. A student with a documented disability who is requesting an accommodation to submit an appeal through the CSU website should contact Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at residencyappeals@calstate.edu.

The Chancellor's Office will either decide the appeal or send the matter back to the campus for further review.

A student incorrectly classified as a resident or incorrectly granted an exception from nonresident tuition is subject to reclassification as a nonresident or withdrawal of the exception and subject to payment of nonresident tuition in arrears. If incorrect classification results from false or concealed facts, the student may also be subject to discipline pursuant to Section 41301 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. A student previously classified as a resident or previously granted an exception is required to immediately notify the Admissions Office if the student has reason to believe that the student no longer qualifies as a resident or no longer meets the criteria for an exception.

Changes may have been made in the rate of nonresident tuition and in the statutes and regulations governing residency for tuition purposes in California between the time this information is published and the relevant residency determination date. Students are urged to review the statutes and regulations stated above.

First-Year Student Residential Requirement

Cal Poly Pomona requires all first-time freshmen who graduated from high schools outside the local area to live in University Housing during their first year on a space available basis. Exemptions from the residential requirement will be considered upon meeting specific criteria. Please refer to the University Housing website at https://cpp.edu/~housing/ for more details.

Use of Social Security Number

Applicants are required to include their correct social security numbers in designated places on applications for admission pursuant to the authority contained in Section 41201, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6109). The university uses the social security number to identify students and their records including identification for purposes of financial aid eligibility and disbursement and the repayment of financial aid and other debts payable to the institution. Also, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires the university to file information returns that include the student's social security number and other information such as the amount paid for qualified tuition, related expenses and interest on educational loans. This information is used by the IRS to help determine whether a student, or a person claiming a student as a dependent, may take a credit or deduction to reduce federal income taxes.

Applicants who do not have a U.S. social security number should leave the space blank on the application form. The Office of Admissions will allocate a student ID number for admission and enrollment purposes. After enrollment at Cal Poly Pomona, international students may apply for and receive a U.S. social security number.

Appeal of Admission Decision

Section 89030.7 of the California Education Code requires that the CSU establishes specific requirements for appeal procedures for a denial of admission. Each CSU campus must publish appeal procedures for applicants denied admis-sion to the university. The procedure is limited to addressing campus decisions to deny an applicant admission to the university.

Admission appeal procedures must address the basis for appeals, provide 15 business days for an applicant to submit an appeal, stipulate a maximum of one appeal per academic term, provide specific contact information for the individual or office to which the appeal should be submitted and indicate a time estimate for when the campus expects to respond to an appeal. The appeal procedures must be included in all denial of admission notifications to students, and must also be published on the campus website.

Registration and Student Records

Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT)

Utilizing the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations, three lower division semester hours for language shall articulate to three semester units in GE Subarea C2b.  The ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training is used to assign academic credit for the specific DLPT.  This ACE online guide organizes foreign language test scores and credit recommendations by language, version of test and modality of language. The Guide then provides lower and upper division credit recommendations based on the DLPT score in the following modalities: listening, reading, and oral.

The following documents shall be accepted to award DLPT GE or course credit:

  • Official Defense Language Institute Foreign Language (DLIFLC) Transcripts
  • Official Joint Services Transcripts (JST)
  • Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) DLPT Examinee Results
  • DA Form 330 Language Proficiency Questionnaire

Calculus and Pre-Calculus Placement Test (ALEKS)

See Mathematics Department for test and placement information.

the six units will be applied toward General Education Area E upon successful completion of ENG 1103  or ENG 1101  (or the equivalent).

An additional 9 term units of elective credit will be allowed toward graduation to any student submitting evidence of receiving a commission in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps. Credit is not given for completion of the six-month reserve training programs or for college level general educational development tests.

Credit for specific courses may be allowed if the student has satisfactorily completed equivalent study in a military service school. The guidelines of the American Council on Education are followed in determining eligibility and approval must be granted by the department teaching the specific course for which credit is sought.

DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DANTES/DSST) credit is awarded based on American Council on Education recommendations.

More information regarding transfer credit awarded for military coursework may be found here: https://www.cpp.edu/~registrar/transfer-credit/index.shtml.

Math Diagnostic Placement Test (MDPT)

See Mathematics Department for MDPT test and placement information.

Placement Measures for First-Year GE Written Communication and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Courses

Freshman skills assessment and placement for general education written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning shall be based on systemwide skills assessment standards that include the Early Assessment Program/ Smarter Balanced Achievement Levels, ACT scores and/or SAT scores, high school coursework, high school GPA and math GPA.

Skills assessments are not a condition for admission to the CSU; they are a condition of enrollment.

These skills assessments are designed to inform entering freshmen of placement in appropriate baccalaureate-level courses based on their skills and needs.

First-time freshmen in need of support as determined by the skills assessment will be placed in supported instruction. Supported instruction is designed to assist students in credit bearing courses. Students may also be required to participate in the Early Start Program.

The Early Start Program gives students the opportunity to earn college credit in written communication and mathematics/ quantitative reasoning the summer before their first term.

Assessments and Placement for GE Written Communications Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea A2 English Requirement

The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

Advanced Placement (AP) Test

  • 3 or above: AP Language and Composition
  • 3 or above: AP Composition and Literature

College Transfer Coursework

  • Completed approved college course that satisfies CSU GE Area A2 (written communication) with a grade of C- or better

Placement in a GE Subarea A2 English Course

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via one of the criteria below:

English CAASPP/EAP Test:

  • Standard Exceeded
  • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with grade of C- or better

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Test:

  • 550 or above
  • 510 - 540 and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with grade of C- or better English

ACT Test:

  • 22 or higher
  • 19-21 and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with grade of C- or better

High School Courses and GPA:

  • Weighted GPA 3.3 or above
  • GPA 3.0 or above and completed approved 12 grade year-long English course (AP, CSU ERWC, Weighted Honors English)
  • GPA 3.0 or above and completed Honors English
  • GPA 3.0 or above and 5 or more years of high school English

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea A2 English Course

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via one of the criteria below:

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Test:

  • 510 - 540 and 4 or more years of high school English

ACT Test:

  • 19-21 and 4 or more years of high school English

High School Courses and GPA:

  • Weighted GPA 3.0 or above and 4 or more years of high school English

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea A2 English Course and Participation in the Early Start Program Required

Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the Early Start Program. Visit the Early Start Page to learn about the Early Start Program.

Assessments and Placement for GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning: Non-Math Intensive Majors (Algebra and Statistics Disciplines, Non-STEM and Undecided Majors) Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

Advanced Placement (AP) Test:

  • 3 or above: Calculus AB
  • 3 or above on AP Calculus BC
  • 3 or above on AP Statistics
  • 3 or above on AP Computer Science Principles

International Baccalaureate (IB) Test:

  • 4 or above on Math Higher Level (HL)

College Level Examination Program (CLEP):

  • 50 or above on: Calculus, College Algebra, College Algebra-Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry

College Transfer Coursework:

  • Completed math/quantitative reasoning college course with a C- or better that satisfies CSU GE Area B4

Placement in a GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures-informed standards via one of the following criteria:

CAASPP/EAP Math Exam:

  • Standard Exceeded
  • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
  • Standard Met and 4 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning

SAT Math Test:

  • 570 or above
  • 550 or above on Subject Test in Math Level 1 or 2
  • 520 - 560 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better

ACT Math Test:

High School Courses and GPA:

  • Weighted math GPA 3.0 or above and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
  • Weighted math GPA 3.0 or above and 5 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning
  • Weighted high school GPA 3.7 or above
  • Weighted high school GPA 3.5 or above and 4 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via one of the criteria below:

High School GPA:

  • Weighted math GPA 3.3 or above
  • Weighted high school GPA 3.0 or above

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/ Quantitative Reasoning Requirement and Participation in the Early Start Program Required

Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the Early Start Program. Visit the Early Start page to learn about the Early Start Program.

Assessments and Placement for GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning: Pre-STEM/STEM and Other Math- Intensive Majors Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

Advanced Placement (AP) Test:

  • 3 or above on AP Calculus AB
  • 3 or above on AP Calculus BC
  • 3 or above on AP Statistics
  • 3 or above on AP Computer Science Principles

International Baccalaureate (IB) Test:

  • 4 or above on Math Higher Level (HL)

College Level Examination Program (CLEP):

  • 50 or above on: Calculus, College Algebra, College Algebra-Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry

College Transfer Coursework:

  • Completed math/quantitative reasoning college course with a C- or better that satisfies CSU GE Area B4

Placement in a GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via one of the criteria below:

CAASPP/EAP Math Exam:

  • Standard Exceeded
  • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better

SAT Math Test:

  • 570 or above
  • 550 or above on Subject Test in Math Level 1 or 2
  • 520 - 560 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better

ACT Math Test:

  • 23 or above
  • 20-22 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better

High School Courses and GPA:

  • Weighted math GPA 3.5 or above and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a grade of C- or better
  • Weighted math GPA 3.5 or above and 5 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning
  • Weighted high school GPA 3.7 or above
  • SAT score conversion for scores prior to March 2016 (old SAT)

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/ Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via the criteria below:

High School Math GPA:

  • Weighted math GPA 3.3 or above

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement and Participation in the Early Start Program Required

Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the Early Start Program.  Visit the Early Start page to learn about the Early Start Program.

The goal of the Early Start Program (ESP) is to:

  • Better prepare students in written composition and mathematics/quantitative reasoning before the fall term of freshman year, improving students' chances of successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.
  • If required to participate in ESP, as determined by multiple measures, students will begin in the summer before the start of the freshman year.
  • For general information about ESP including fees and course listings, visit csustudentsuccess.org/earlystart. Students are encouraged to visit the campus website for ESP information once admitted.
  • Eligible financial aid applicants with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,000 or less will be eligible for a waiver of the per unit ESP fee. For more information on assessments, placements and the Early Start Program, please visit the CSU Student Success website.

Articulation

The Articulation Department in the Registrar's Office produces annual course articulation agreements in consultation with our top feeder community colleges and Cal Poly Pomona academic officials and faculty.  The Articulation Department also contributes information to ASSIST, an extensive statewide articulation database found at https://www.assist.org, and TES (Transfer Evaluation System) which is a nationwide database managed by CollegeSource at https://tes.collegesource.com/.

Concurrent Enrollment

Intrasystem Concurrent Enrollment Program: the California State University allows a student to be enrolled at more than one CSU campus concurrently as long as full fees have been paid at the home campus. For requirements, procedures and forms inquire at the Registrar's Office.

Intrasystem and Intersystem Enrollment Programs

Fully matriculated students enrolled at any CSU campus have access to courses at other CSU campuses on a space available basis unless those campuses/programs are impacted. This access is offered without students being required to be admitted formally to the host campus and in most cases without paying additional fees. Students should consult their home campus academic advisors to determine how such courses may apply to their specific degree programs before enrolling at the host campus.

There are two programs for enrollment within the CSU and one for enrollment between CSU and the University of California or California Community Colleges. Additional information about these programs is available from Registrar's Office.

CSU Fully Online Courses - Matriculated students in good standing may request enrollment in one course per term, offered by a CSU host campus. Enrollment requests will be granted based on available space, as well as completion of any stated pre-requisites. Credit earned at the host campus is electronically reported to the student's home campus to be included on the student's transcript at the home campus.

CourseMatch - Full-time students enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona have access to fully articulated online courses at other semester CSU campuses through Online Concurrent Enrollment (CourseMatch).  This access is offered without students being required to be admitted formally to the other CSU campus, and sometimes without paying additional fees.  Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine how such a course may apply to their degree program, prior to enrolling at another CSU campus.  More information is available through the Registrar's Office website at: https://www.cpp.edu/registrar//registration/coursematch.shtml.

CSU Visitor Enrollment - Matriculated students in good standing enrolled at one CSU campus may enroll at another CSU campus for one term. Credit earned at the host campus is reported at the student's request to the home campus to be included on the student's transcript at the home campus.

Intersystem Cross Enrollment - Matriculated CSU, UC, or community college students may enroll on a "space available" basis for one course per term at another CSU, UC, or community college and request that a transcript of record be sent to the home campus.

College of the Extended University (CEU) 

College of the Extended University (CEU) is the educational outreach tool for the university providing career enhancement courses, professional development certificate, advanced degrees and customized training programs for today's adult learners. Open University allows anyone that is not a currently admitted student to take a course. Visit www.ceu.cpp.edu for complete program details, registration information and a list of contacts for all CEU programs.

Credit for Non-Traditional College-Level Work

Advanced Placement Examinations

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Students who present scores of three or better will be granted up to six semester units (nine quarter units) of college credit. Students may not receive credit for a course for which they already have received credit from an AP examination. Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program students may use AP credit to substitute for a maximum of two courses in the IGE sequence. See the table "College Board Advanced Placement Examination Credit" for information about credit for specific exams. For additional information on Advanced Placement credit contact the Office of Academic Programs, or the Registrar's Office, both located in Building 121.

2021-2022 AP Examination Credit  

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate courses designated as honors courses on the UC "a-f" list are awarded extra grade points for computation of the high school grade point average. Scores of 4 or 5 (depending on subject) for International Baccalaureate subjects taken at the higher level (HL) may receive up to 6 semester units (per exam) of elective course credit at Cal Poly Pomona. Subjects taken at the subsidiary/standard level (SL) will not receive credit. If a student has received Advanced Placement credit for a course, IB credit will not be given for the same course.

2021-2022 IB Examination Credit  

CLEP Examinations

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona grants credit to those students who pass examinations that have been approved for credit systemwide. This information is subject to change. Contact the Office of Academic Programs, Building 121, for further information.

2021-2022 CLEP  

Credit by Challenge Examination

Students may challenge courses by taking examinations developed at Cal Poly Pomona. Only enrolled undergraduate students may challenge courses. Credit shall be awarded to those who pass them successfully. A student may not challenge more than 24 semester units worth of coursework.

An approved Credit by Examination form permits regularly enrolled students to obtain university credit for subject matter in which they are especially qualified through nontraditional education or experience. Students must not have previously received credit for any course containing similar or advanced material from the same subject matter field. Students are not permitted to obtain credit by examination unless all prerequisites for the course as specified in the University Catalog have been satisfied. Credit by examination will not be allowed for a course that is a prerequisite of a course which the student has already completed or in which the student is currently enrolled.

Challenge exams shall not be permitted as a means of earning a higher grade in a course. Once a student has enrolled in and earned a grade (passing or failing) in a course, the only way to earn a higher grade is to repeat the course and pay regular course unit fees. A course may be challenged only once.

No student, including resident, out of state, or foreign, shall be permitted by an instructor to sit in a class without enrolling either for audit or credit, and paying appropriate fees. Challenge exam credit will not be given for any course that has been audited. Units of credit received through this procedure may not apply toward the residence requirement for any of the degrees or credentials offered by the university.

The Credit by Challenge Examination option can only be utilized if the student is enrolled in other coursework in the requested term.  If they take the exam and pass, the students will incur the fees associated with the units earned for that course.  A $5 fee per unit is charged for each challenge examination ($25 maximum). In addition, resident students who are paying less than full time should be alerted that they will be charged the difference if they pass the examination and grades are posted.  Non-resident students who pass and have a grade posted are expected to pay for the non-resident units.  Visit the Tuition and Fees site to learn more about the tuition and fee structure by units enrolled.

The length of the examination will be consistent with the unit value of the course. It may include written, oral, or skills tests, or a combination of all three types and will be sufficiently comprehensive to determine that the student has essentially the same knowledge and skills as those students who successfully complete the course are required to possess. Challenge examination credit is entered on the student's permanent record. For courses in the student's major, the credit is a letter grade. Other challenge exam credit is awarded on a CR/NC basis.

Detailed instructions for applying for credit by examination may be obtained from the Registrar's Office.

Credit for Non-Collegiate Instruction

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona grants undergraduate degree credit for successful completion of noncollegiate instruction, either military or civilian, appropriate to the baccalaureate degree, which has been recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education (ACE). The number of units allowed are those recommended in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services and the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.

Credit for Military Service

Six (6) semester units of elective credit will be allowed toward a baccalaureate degree for a student with an other than dishonorable discharge from the military services of the United States who submits evidence of satisfactory completion of at least one year of active military service. Three of the six units will be applied toward General Education Area E upon successful completion of ENG 1103  or ENG 1101  (or the equivalent).

An additional 9 semester units of elective credit will be allowed toward graduation to any student submitting evidence of receiving a commission in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps. Credit is not given for completion of the six-month reserve training programs or for college level general educational development tests.

Credit for specific courses may be allowed if the student has satisfactorily completed equivalent study in a military service school. The guidelines of the American Council on Education are followed in determining eligibility and approval must be granted by the department teaching the specific course for which credit is sought.

DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DANTES/DSST) credit is awarded based on American Council on Education recommendations.

More information regarding transfer credit awarded for military coursework may be found here: https://www.cpp.edu/registrar//transfer-credit-info/index.shtml.

Credit for Continuing Education Course Work

Students taking more than 24 college level transferable semester units through Cal Poly Pomona or other Continuing Education or Extended Education programs or Open University course work may satisfy a specific course requirement, but only 24 units may be considered by the University as transferable college level work which meets the minimum number of semester units required for a degree.

Curriculum Deviation

Although the university has specified a program of courses for each major, under certain conditions a student may be permitted to deviate from the established curriculum via a petition process. Information regarding requests to deviate from the curriculum may be obtained from the student's adviser.

Full-Time Equivalent

Enrollment in the California State University is measured in full-time equivalent (FTE) students. One FTE is the equivalent of 15 semester units of student course credit taken by one or more students. One FTE could represent one student carrying 15 course-units, three students each carrying five course-units, five students each carrying three course-units, or any other student/course-unit combinations the product of which equals 15 course-units. The university's FTE enrollment is the total course-units taken by all students divided by 15.

Full-Time Student

An undergraduate student is considered full-time for such purposes as veterans' benefits, social security benefits, athletic eligibility and other financial aids when enrolled for 12 semester units. A full-time student is not necessarily a full-time equivalent (FTE) student.

Graduate students and some, but not all, categories of postbaccalaureate students are considered full-time for many purposes when they are enrolled for 6 semester units.

Leave of Absence (Planned Educational Leave)

When a student finds it necessary to interrupt progress toward a degree for a reason related to the educational objective and acceptable to the appropriate university authorities, the student may be granted a leave of absence (LOA). A student on leave of absence may, upon return from the leave, continue in the same program that the student had prior to the leave, and the student retains the right to elect requirements in effect at the time of returning into the curriculum.

To be eligible for LOA, a student must:

  • State the reason for requesting a LOA
  • Experience an unforeseeable and unexpected circumstance that leads to a significant change such as medical reasons including pregnancy, major surgery, or other health-related circumstances; or have a professional or academic opportunities, such as travel or study abroad, employment related to educational goals and major fields of study, or participation in field study or research projects; or financial reasons, such as the necessity to work for a specified period in order to resume study with adequate resources
  • Expect to return from LOA for a subsequent term that falls within the timeframe specified below
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Consult with advisor and department prior to completing the LOA
  • Consult with financial aid advisor for implications
  • Clear any financial account hold, if applicable
  • Be cleared of any disciplinary action, if applicable 

A leave of absence may be granted when the student has filed a Leave of Absence petition with the Registrar's Office. The leave petition, which must be approved by the department chair, or graduate coordinator and school dean, shall specify the reasons for the leave and the duration of the leave. A student granted a LOA has a commitment from the university to be reinstated in good standing. This commitment must be validated by a written notice of return from leave for the term of return specified in the leave application submitted to the Registrar's Office prior to the start of the requested term for the students to be eligible to register without reapplying for admission to the University.

It is the student's responsibility to demonstrate the significant relationship between the leave of absence and the progress toward the educational objective. LOA may be granted for a maximum of two calendar years or four consecutive terms. A request for leave of absence must be filed prior to the period of absence, before the first day of the requested term. Retroactive leave requests will not be approved.

Returning from Leave of Absence: A student must return to the expected term from leave of absence. Failure to return from leave as specified in the approved petition will be considered withdrawal from the university. Under such circumstances, re-enrollment will require a full application for readmission under the same circumstances as any new or returning applicant including enrollment in the curriculum in effect at the time of re-enrollment.

Students may "stop-out" without filing for a leave of absence if the absence does not exceed one term.

International students are reminded that immigration laws governing their visas do not allow them to take advantage of the "stop-out" university policy. International students should always consult with the International Student Advisor before attempting any leave of absence.

Military Leave of Absence

The Military Leave of Absence (MLOA) is granted to service members and veterans who are called to active duty.  The cumulative length of all absences for service in the Armed Forces may not exceed five years of time spent performing actual service.  This period does not include the period before reporting for duty and the time between completing service and returning to the institution.  A student who is injured or becomes ill as a consequence of military service must submit their intent to re-enroll no later than two years after the end of the period that is necessary for recovery from such illness or injury. 

Affected individuals include the following:

  • Active duty military personnel serving during a war, military operation, state or national emergency.
  • Members of the National Guard performing a qualifying duty (e.g. called to active service by the Governor, President, Secretary of Defense for a period of more than 30 consecutive days) during a war, military operation, state or national emergency.
  • Service members who suffer economic hardship as a result of a war, military operation, state or national emergency.

A student who is called to active military duty at any point during the term including less than 30 consecutive days should promptly notify the Registrar's Office in writing via the Leave of Absence request form and submit the military orders with departure date. If military orders are classified and cannot be shared, a letter from the commanding officer regarding the date of deployment and confidentiality status will be accepted. MLOA does not count against program time to completion; however, repayment of Federal Financial Aid may be required after 180 days have expired. MLOA is available to a student who is deployed regardless of the student's academic standing.

If the student withdraws from current courses on or before week 10 of the term, the student will receive a full refund of tuition and fees, and be removed from all courses in progress, thereby removing them from the student's record. If the student withdraws from current courses on or after week 11 of the term, the student will receive full credit with grades earned at the time of MLOA. If a course relies on a final project and/or examination to determine satisfactory performance, no credit will be granted until all required work is completed. A student taking online courses may continue to be enrolled in those courses, if possible. A student wanting to complete their courses via independent study may do so with the consent of the instructor of record for the course(s).

ADDITIONAL READMISSION GUIDANCE

Students must be readmitted to the same academic program, with the same academic standing, that they were in at the time the absence began. "Prompt readmission" means that students must be offered readmission into the next class or classes in their program after they provide notice of their intent to re-enroll.

For the first academic year after readmission, students who are readmitted under these provisions must be charged the same tuition and fees that would have been assessed for the academic year during which the student left the institution. This is not required if the student's veterans' education benefits, such as the G.I. Bill, will cover the full amount of current tuition and fees.

If the campus determines that the student is not prepared to resume the program with the same academic status, the institution must make reasonable efforts at no extra cost to the student to help the student become prepared to complete the program.

Eligibility for readmission under the terms of the HEOA terminates upon any of the following events:

  • Being separated from the Armed Forces with a dishonorable discharge.
  • Being dismissed as permitted under section 1161(a) of title 10, United States Code.
  • Being dropped from the rolls pursuant to section 1161(b) of title 10, United States Code.

A service member or veteran who does not meet the Code of Federal Regulations 34, section 688.18 criteria does not give up their right to readmission, but may be subject to the institution's established leave of absence policy and general practices

Refer to the CSU policy on detail information for MLOA and Readmission Guidance for service members.

Accomodations of Military Student Service Obligations (Less than 30 Days)

Students called to fulfill military service obligations of less than 30 days and who are currently enrolled in courses should be given every opportunity to successfully complete coursework. Alternate exam dates, assignment dates, and an opportunity to complete outstanding work is required. Military service is considered an excused absence and students may not be penalized for missing class, assignments, or exams, while fulfilling military service obligations.

The University recognizes that professional guidelines, ethics, and requirements could mean that even a short absence would leave a student at a significant disadvantage in some programs, courses, labs, or projects.

The University short-term Military Service Obligations Policy (Less than 30 days) includes the following:

  1. Regarding timelines and procedures for completing work missed at different points in the semester.
    1. The student will be allowed to work with the Department Chair and/or Associate Dean to complete any outstanding coursework in cases in which the instructor of record cannot do so (For example, an adjunct, retiree, or faculty member out on leave, is no longer available)
    2. A student will be allowed to receive an Incomplete Authorized "I" grade. An Incomplete Contract must be created by the instructor of record and accepted by the student.
    3. A reasonable extension will be granted to a student for any outstanding or incomplete coursework.
  2. If required to complete coursework, a student will be given access to specific and secure facilities or provided reasonable alternatives.
  3. If required to complete internship requirements, a student will be provided with specific instructions and reasonable alternatives.
  4. If a student is called to service more than once or for a significant period of the semester, the department will indicate if it is feasible for the student to complete the courses. Departments may indicate that some courses must be completed in person for valid reasons, such as accreditation requirements, licensure requirements, supervisory requirements, and so forth.
    1. In such cases, a student will be given the option of withdrawal with a WX instead of Incomplete ("I") or Withdrawal Unauthorized ("WU").
  5. Student will be made aware of any potential repercussions of withdrawal or grades of Incomplete in regards to financial aid and VA Educational Benefits. (For example, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards for Financial Aid Applicants - withdrawing from a course, including receiving a WX, or receiving a grade of Incomplete may have a negative impact on the student's SAP status and financial aid eligibility). Impacted student should be directed to contact Cal Poly Pomona's Veterans Resource Center to determine how recommendations may impact a student's financial aid eligibility, and/or VA educational benefits. This will ensure that a student's circumstances are well assessed before any recommendation is communicated to the student.
  6. A student should contact the Veterans Resource Center for assistance in navigating the military leave of absence process.

Accommodations of Military Student Service Obligations (Less than 30 Days), Policy 1454, is effective Fall 2021.

Registration

Students may register for up to 16 units. During the Add/Drop period, a student may seek approval to add units beyond 16, by getting approval on the Petition to Exceed Unit Cap form available on the Registrar's Office webpage.

Registration Process

Registration for courses for continuing students begins in April for a fall term, September for a winter term, October for a spring term, and in March for a summer term. Registration appointments for eligible continuing students are available online via BroncoDirect prior to the start of the registration period. All registration holds must be cleared prior to registration. New undergraduate students will register for classes as part of their participation in mandatory orientation. During orientation, new undergraduate students may register for a maximum of 16 semester units.

Maximum Unit Load

Students register online through BroncoDirect. Undergraduate students may register for up to 15 semester units for Priority Registration. During the General Registration period for fall and spring, students may register for up to 16 semester units.  Graduating seniors may register for up to 18 semester units beginning with general registration. During the Add/Drop period, students may register for up to 18 semester units. For summer General and Add/Drop Registration periods, students may register for up to 12 semester units only. 

Graduate students are subject to the same maximum units as the undergraduate students as referenced above. The normal course load for graduate students is 6 semester units.   

During the Add/Drop period, a student may seek approval to add units beyond the unit cap by getting approval on the Petition to Exceed Unit Cap form available on the Registrar's Office webpage.

Credit for a course is given only when the student has completed the registration process and successfully completes the course. Specific registration and fee payment dates and instructions are available online at https://www.cpp.edu/~registrar/. Deadlines are strictly enforced.  For information regarding registration tuition and fees, please refer to the Student Accounting and Cashiering Services.

General Registration

Students are assigned registration appointments for each registration period. Students who have been awarded priority by the Academic Senate are assigned appointments prior to the beginning of this registration period. Registration appointments for postbaccalaureate students normally begin on the first day of registration. Undergraduates are assigned appointments based on the number of units earned and applicable toward the CPP degree.

Priority Registration

Priority Registration is the initial first two days at the beginning of the registration period.  It is granted to student groups approved by the Academic Senate each term.  Certain student groups receive priority registration based on mandated policy governed by federal and state regulations (e.g. military veterans, disability, foster youth, EOP, etc.). 

Adding or Dropping Classes

Registered students who do not attend in class the first ten (10) instructional days of the term may be dropped from the class roster by the instructor. However, the responsibility for properly dropping classes ultimately rests with each student. Students who do not drop a registered class which they are not attending are subject to receiving a failing grade.

Classes may be added or sections changed through the last day of the Add/Drop period via BroncoDirect Student Center. Students may drop a class without record through the last day of Add/Drop; these dropped course(s) will not appear on the student's permanent record. After the fourth week of instruction, students may petition to drop a class only for serious and compelling reasons. Permission to drop during this time period will be granted only with the approval of the faculty and the student's major department chair and college dean. A statement of the reason(s) for dropping is required. For a class dropped during this period, a "W" grade will automatically be recorded. Students are permitted only 18 units of W grades in classes unless there are circumstances clearly beyond the student's control. All requests for permission to drop under these circumstances and all approvals will be made through a Registrar's Office petition process.

Dropping of classes shall not be permitted during the final four weeks of instruction except in cases in which the reason is due to circumstances clearly beyond the student's control. Such drops may be approved for the following reasons: mental health concerns which requires professional consultation; serious illness or accident resulting in considerable loss of time; and/or financial difficulty or other personal problems of a serious nature which require withdrawal from the university or reduction in load (supporting documentation may be required). Failure in a class is not an acceptable reason for withdrawing. Ordinarily dropping of classes during this time period will involve total withdrawal from the university.

If a student stops attending without a validated withdrawal petition on file in the Registrar's Office, the "W" grade will not appear on the final grade report. The administrative grade of "WU" or "F" will be assigned. For explanation of these grading symbols, see catalog section "Grading System." Students may improve their GPA, as a consequence of receiving a "WU" or "F", by formally repeating the course. See "Repeated Course Policy."

Auditing Courses

Auditing a course is attending a class for no credit. A student must be registered and must have paid fees in order to audit a course. Audited courses must be included on the student's official program of study and they are designated by AU beside the course unit listing. The Course Auditing Form must be signed by the instructor and returned to the Registrar's Office by the end of week three of instruction. No exceptions to this policy are permitted.

Courses may be added for audit only during the add period (first through fifth day). There is no preregistration to audit a course. Once a student has decided to audit a course or take a course for credit, the student cannot switch this status. The student's college dean must approve the decision for a student who has audited a class to subsequently repeat that course for credit.

Drops - Instructor Initiated

It is a student's responsibility to ensure that they have been dropped from a class by following the appropriate procedures within the given time period for each term. Students should attend the first class meeting available to them after they register for the class or drop the class if they do not plan to attend. If a student is absent without prior notification, the instructor of record (or department office) may then administratively drop the student from the class. Students are cautioned never to depend on this faculty option, but to take responsibility for appropriately dropping the class. A student may also be administratively dropped, if they do not meet the prerequisites of the course. These administrative drops shall be without penalty and initiated by the instructor using the online administrative drop process no later than the end of the tenth day of instruction.

Registration and Related Holds

Student records may be placed on a hold status due to obligations to the university. Having a hold status is denoted by a negative service indicator in Bronco Direct. Depending on the type of the hold, registration, grades, confirmation of graduation, issuing of diploma, and accounts receivable may be impacted until the hold is resolved. Students may view their registration-related holds online at https://broncodirect.cms.cpp.edu. It is the responsibility of the student to clear a registration hold, or service indicator, prior to attempting to register. Other types of holds will be noted in the student record file and it is the responsibility of the student to fulfill hold obligations with the department that issued the service indicator prior to receiving certain services within the university.

Limited Enrollment - Courses Open to Majors Only

Due to impaction in certain academic majors, enrollment in courses within these programs may be limited to approved majors or by department consent only. Certain exceptions are possible with written permission of the instructor and the department chair by an academic petition.

Student Profile

A student is responsible for maintaining their personal information, contact information, and emergency contact information current with Cal Poly Pomona.

Personal Information

CPP must protect the identity of a student and maintain the integrity of their record when changing their legal/primary name (as it appears on official document), social security number, birthday, or citizenship status.  Changes to this information must be submitted using the Change of Information form and include two copies of government-issued documentation to the Registrar's Office.  The following documents will support the request:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • California State Driver's License*
  • California State Identification Card
  • U.S. or State-Issued Court Order
  • Naturalization/Citizenship documents with photo attached
  • U.S. Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • U.S. Passport

* If an out of state driver's license is presented as supporting documentation, a U.S. Social Security Card will also be required

Contact Information

A student is responsible for keeping their physical address, mailing address, telephone number, and email address current with CPP.  To update contact information, log in to MyCPP, the Self Service-Student Center within BroncoDirect.

Emergency Contact

Cal Poly Pomona is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all students. A student is responsible for providing an emergency contact and it must be updated at least once a year.  For information regarding how to change your Emergency Contact, please view Updating Emergency Contact Information.

Preferred First and Middle Name, Pronoun Update

A preferred name is a name commonly used that differs from an individual's legal first name. Students' preferred first name may be used for class rosters, appear on BroncoDirect, online Directory Information, Blackboard, student identification card, and name on the student's email. It may also be disclosed as directory information unless the student declines to permit such disclosure. All official documents including but not limited to transcripts, payroll records, and financial aid documents will include a student's legal name.

Student can typically use any preferred first or middle name. A preferred first and middle name must consist of alphabetical characters, hyphens, and spaces. Cal Poly Pomona reserves the right to deny or remove, with or without notice, a preferred first and middle name, if it is used for inappropriate purposes including but not limited to misrepresentation, avoiding legal obligation, offensive or derogatory language, or to perpetrate fraud. Inappropriate use of a preferred name may be a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will be referred to the Dean of Students Office.

CPP also offers students the option to specify their preferred pronouns, which will show up on class rosters for faculty.

To submit a preferred first and middle name, or pronoun, view instructions through Student Center in BroncoDirect.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment (20 USC S. 1232g), affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. An "eligible student" under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution at any age. FERPA rights begin upon the student's enrollment, which occurs when the student has been admitted to the university and attends any portion of a course. FERPA does not apply to records of applicants for admissions. Standard university privacy policy may apply.

For purposes of compliance with FERPA, CPP considers all students independent. Questions about FERPA and student records may be directed to the Registrar's Office

Education Records

A student record, also known as an education record, contains information directly related to a student whose record is personally identifiable. Personal identifiers that relate a student record include student name, student identification number, student address, parent/family member names, and a list of personal characteristics.  Student education records are official and confidential documents. Education records include a range of information that is maintain in any recorded way such as handwriting, digital, paper, print, computer media, video or audio tape, film, microfilm, and microfiche. The education record includes but is not limited to:

  • ​Personal information such as a student's identification number, picture, or other information that would make it easy to identify or locate a student.
  • Parent(s) and/or guardian contact information;
  • Grades, test scores, courses taken, academic specializations and activities, and official letters regarding a student's status in school;
  • Special education records;
  • Disciplinary records;
  • Documentation of attendance, schools attended, courses taken, awards conferred, and degrees earned.

​​Personal notes made by faculty members and other school officials not shared with others are not considered part of the education records. Admissions records will become part of a student's education record once the student attends courses in their first term. Educational records are maintained based on CPP records retention policies, stored in the Registrar's Office electronically and/or other in other forms of media with a secure backup file.

Student Rights

Right to Inspect and Review

A student has the right to inspect and review the education record within forty-five (45) business days after the school receives a written request for access. A FERPA-Request to Review/Amend Education Records form must be submitted by the student to the Registrar's Office. The Registrar or designee will make arrangements for access and notify the student of next steps for inspecting the record. If the Registrar's Office does not retain the record requested, the student will be advised of the appropriate official to whom the request should be addressed.

CPP will not issue a printed copy of the education record unless extenuating circumstances prevent its viewing in person. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Right to Request Amendments

A student has the right to request an amendment of the education record if the student believes the record is inaccurate or misleading. To request an amendment, a FERPA-Request to Review/Amend Education Records form must be submitted by the student to the Registrar's Office. The request must clearly identify the part of the record(s) to be changed, and specify why the record is inaccurate or misleading.

Right to Request a Hearing

The institution has the right to decide whether to amend a student's education record as requested by the student. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the school will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. A student must submit a request for hearing in writing to the Registrar's Office. The Registrar will refer the request to the Vice President of Student Affairs, who will act as the hearing officer regarding all challenges to the accuracy of educational record and the denial of requested changes. The formal hearing will be conducted according to the following procedures:

  • The student will be permitted to present information and materials in support of the assertion that the record is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise erroneous.
  • A representative of CPP will be permitted to present information and materials that support the school's position.
  • Each party will be present during the hearing and may challenge information and materials of the other party.
  • If a student is unable to attend the hearing in person due to distance (such as students participating in online programs), the student may be offered the opportunity to participate via a virtual platform (i.e. Zoom) or a phone conference.
  • The hearing officer will render a decision on the matter generally within five (5) business days after the conclusion of the hearing. FERPA does not provide a process to be used to question substantive judgments, which are correctly recorded. For example, the rights of challenge do not allow a student to contest a grade in a course because the student believes a higher grade should have been assigned.

Right to Consent to Disclosures

A student has the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the education record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position; a person or company with whom the school has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, collection agent, or official of the U.S. Department of Education or other federal agency); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee or assisting another school official in performing tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill professional responsibility.  Student records will be disclosed to the CSU Chancellor's Office to conduct research, to analyze trends, or to provide other administrative services on behalf of the CSU.

CPP may disclose education records in certain other circumstances:

  • to comply with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena
  • to appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency
  • to officials of another school, upon request, in which a student seeks or intends to enroll
  • in connection with a student's request for or receipt of financial aid, as necessary to determine the eligibility, amount, or conditions of the financial aid, or to enforce the terms and conditions of the aid
  • to certain officials of the U.S. Department of Education, the Comptroller General, to state and local educational authorities in connection with certain state or federally supported education programs
  • to accrediting organizations to carry out their functions
  • to parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes.
  • to organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of CPP
  • the results of an institutional disciplinary proceeding against the alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence may be released to the alleged victim of that crime with respect to that crime

Additionally, CPP, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of any crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the school against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. 

Alleged victims and perpetrators in sexual misconduct and sexual harassment incidents have a right to be informed of the outcome and sanctions of the hearing, in writing, without condition or limitation, and to be kept apprised of the status of investigations.

If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, the information shall be provided, upon written request, to the next of kin of the alleged victim.

Right to File a Complaint

A student has the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by CPP to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office,
U.S. Department of Education,
400 Maryland Avenue, SW,
Washington, DC, 20202-5920.

Right to Restrict Directory Information

A student has the right to restrict the release of "directory information" except to school officials with legitimate educational interests and others as indicated above. To restrict the release of directory information, a student must submit the request in writing to the Registrar's Office. Once filed, this request becomes a permanent part of the student's record until the student instructs CPP in writing to remove the request.

Cal Poly Pomona designates the following as public or "directory information":

  • Student name (Primary Name and Preferred First/Middle Name)
  • Email address(es)
  • Major field of study
  • Weight and Height of athletic team members
  • Degrees and awards received
  • Dates of attendance
  • Enrollment status (e.g., undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time)
  • Previous educational agency or institution attended
  • Participation in officially recognized activities

The following are also classified as Directory Information for academic student employees (Teaching Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and Instructional Student Assistants) of the CSU.

  • Home address
  • Telephone number
  • Department employed
  • Employment job classification

Release of a Deceased's Education Record

CPP may release a deceased's record within one year of passing to the following individuals:

  • The individual(s) named on a signed FERPA - Student Authorization Release Form, if on file with the university.
  • The deceased's next of kin. The request must be accompanied by official documentation.
  • The individual designated as the representative of the deceased's estate. The request must be accompanied by official documentation.
  • In response to a subpoena or court order.
  • To any other individual, if determined by the university to be in the best interest of the deceased or the university.

After one year has lapsed following the death of a student or alumni, CPP may release the education record of the deceased at its discretion. 

Retention of Student Work

1.1 Student work refers to examinations and other materials, including materials in electronic form, which contribute to the student's final grade in a course and/or to the fulfillment of the requirements for a degree, program, or certification offered by the University. Duplicative copies in any format (such as digital or photographic copies) that preserve the content of the original work upon which grade evaluation is based are acceptable.

1.2 Students have the right to examine their work even if the instructor chooses to retain it rather than return it. It is the student's responsibility to review their work within one academic term after a grade is assigned for the related course(s). If a student does not review their work within this time, the faculty has no further obligation to produce said work for student review. After one academic term, faculty members have the right to determine the method of disposal of the work. This disposal shall be in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). For the purposes of this policy summer is not considered an academic term. If the instructor is on leave, on sabbatical, or is not currently on the faculty including those participating in the Faculty Early Retirement Program, the academic term in question is the term in which the faculty member returns.

1.3 Student work pertaining to a grade appeal or other official review that is not completed must be retained until the appeal process is completed; provided the appeal process or other official review commenced within the academic term as defined in the subsection 1.2 of this policy.

Cancellation of Registration or Withdrawal from the Institution

All students are expected to attend and participate in their course and maintain continuous enrollment for any academic term.  Students who find it necessary to cancel their registration or to withdraw from all classes after enrolling for any academic term are required to follow the university's official withdrawal procedures. Failure to follow formal university procedures may result in an obligation to pay fees as well as the assignment of failing grades in all courses and the need to apply for readmission before being permitted to enroll in another academic term. Information on canceling registration and withdrawal procedures is available from the Registrar's Office, Building 121 (Student Services Building), 3rd floor. Students who withdraw from the term after the second week of classes will receive a "W" on their permanent records.

Students who receive financial aid funds must consult with their financial advisor prior to withdrawing from the university regarding any required return or repayment of grant or loan assistance received for that academic term or payment period. Students who have received financial aid and withdraw from the institution during the academic term or payment period may need to return or repay some or all of the funds received, which may result in a debt owed to the institution.

If a student is unable to withdraw from the university in person due to "serious and compelling" or "emergency" reasons and is unable to have a friend or relative obtain the necessary signatures, she/he should contact his/her respective academic department for assistance. Current documentation explaining the nature of the student's inability to come to campus to process the Withdrawal Petition, as well as documentation to support the serious and compelling or emergency situation, is required. Upon receiving such documentation, staff from the student's academic department will seek the appropriate signatures and, if approved, submit the Withdrawal Petition to the Registrar's Office.

International students should consult with the International Student Advisor as to immigration regulations related to this university policy.

Transfer to Other Institutions

A student who plans to transfer from this university to another college or university, should, at the earliest possible date, request that a transcript of record be forwarded by the Registrar's Office (see "Fees and Expenses Schedule" for charges) to the new institution. Evaluation of transcripts will be made by the new institution.

Privacy Rights of Students in Education Records

The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. 1232g) (FERPA) and regulations adopted thereunder (34 C.F.R. 99) set out requirements designed to protect students' privacy in their educational records maintained by the campus. The statute and regulations govern access to certain student records maintained by the campus and the release of those records. FERPA provides that the campus must give students access to most records directly related to the student, and must also provide opportunity for a hearing to correct the records if the student claims they are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inappropriate. The right to a hearing under this law does not include any right to challenge the appropriateness of a grade determined by the instructor. FERPA generally requires the campus obtain a student's written consent before releasing personally identifiable data pertaining to the student. The campus has adopted a set of policies and procedures governing implementation of FERPA and the regulations. Copies of these policies and procedures may be obtained from the Senior Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Services. Among the information included in the campus statement of policies and procedures is: (1) the student records maintained and the information they contain; (2) the campus official responsible for maintaining each record; (3) the location of access lists indicating persons requesting or receiving information from the record; (4) policies for reviewing and expunging records; (5) student access rights to their records; (6) procedure for challenging the content of student records; and (7) the student's right to file a complaint with the Department of Education. The Department of Education has established an office and review board to investigate complaints and adjudicate violations. The designated office is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-5920.

FERPA authorizes the campus to release "directory information" pertaining to students. "Directory information" may include the student's name, address, telephone listing, electronic mail address, photograph, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status, degrees, honors, and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution the student attended. The campus may release this "directory information" at any time unless the campus has received prior written objection from the student specifying the information the student requests not be released. Written objections must be sent to the Registrar's Office.

The campus is authorized to provide access to student records to campus officials and employees who have legitimate educational interests in such access. These persons have responsibilities in the campus's academic, administrative or service functions and have reason for accessing student records associated with their campus or other related academic responsibilities. Student records will be disclosed to the CSU Chancellor's Office to conduct research, to analyze trends, or to provide other administrative services. Student records may also be disclosed to other persons or organizations under certain conditions (e.g., as part of the accreditation or program evaluation; in response to a court order or subpoena; in connection with financial aid; or to other institutions to which the student is transferring).

Fees and Expenses

Schedule of Tuition and Fees, 2020-21

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Tuition and fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU reserves the right, even after tuition or fees are initially charged or initial payments are made, to increase or modify any listed tuition or fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide tuition, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU-listed tuition and fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the chancellor or the presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide tuition will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 through 66028.6 of the California Education Code).

The following reflects applicable systemwide tuition and fees for both semester and quarter campuses. These rates are subject to change.

All Students

Application fee (non-refundable), payable online at the time of application via credit card, e-check or PayPal: $70

2020-21 Basic Tuition

Units Per Semester Per Quarter Per Academic Year
 Undergraduate Tuition Fee      
  6.1 or more $2,871 $1,194 $5,742
  0 to 6.0 $1,665 $1,110 $3,330
       
 Credential Program Tuition Fee       
  6.1 or more $3,330 $2,220 $6,660
  0 to 6.0 $1,932 $1,288 $3,864
       
 Graduate/Post Baccalaureate Tuition Fee      
  6.1 or more $3,588 $2,392 $7,176
  0 to 6.0 $2,082 $1,388 $4,164

2020-21 Doctorate Tuition*

  Units Per Semester Per Quarter Per Academic Year
 Audiology  All Students $7,371   $14,742
 Education  All Students $5,919 $3,946 $11,838
 Nursing Practice  All Students $7,635   $15,270
 Physical Therapy  All Students $8,598   $17,196

*Applicable term tuition applies for campuses with special terms, as determined by the campus. Total college year tuition cannot exceed the academic year plus summer term tuition. The summer term tuition for the education doctorate at quarter campuses is equal to the per semester tuition listed in the table. Total tuition for the education doctorate over the college year equals the per academic year tuition plus the per semester tuition for the summer term at all CSU campuses.

2020-21 Graduate Business Professional Fee

  Per Semester Per Quarter
 Charge Per Unit $270 $180

The graduate business professional fee is paid on a per unit basis in addition to basic tuition and campus fees for the following graduate business programs:

  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Accountancy
  • Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Business Administration
  • Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Health Care Management
  • Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Business and Technology
  • Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Information Systems
  • Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Taxation

2020-21 Nonresident Students (U.S. and Foreign)

Nonresident tuition (in addition to basic tuition and other systemwide fees charged all students) for all campuses:

  Term Quarter
 Charge Per Unit $396 $264

The total nonresident tuition paid per term will be determined by the number of units taken.

Mandatory systemwide tuition is waived for those individuals who qualify for such exemption under the provisions of the California Education Code (see section on fee waivers).

Students are charged campus fees in addition to tuition and systemwide fees. Information on campus fees can be found by contacting the individual campus(es).

Credit Cards

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards may be used for payment of student tuition and fees but may be subject to a non-refundable credit card processing fee.

Schedule of Tuition and Fees, 2021-22

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Tuition and fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU reserves the right, even after initial payments are made, to increase or modify any listed tuition or fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide tuition, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU-listed tuition and fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the chancellor or the presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide tuition will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

The following reflects applicable systemwide tuition and fees for both semester and quarter campuses. These rates are subject to change.

All Students

Application fee (non-refundable), payable online at the time of application via credit card, e-check or PayPal: $70

2021-22 Basic Tuition

Units Per Semester Per Quarter Per Academic Year
 Undergraduate Tuition      
  6.1 or more $2,871 $1,914 $5,742
  0 to 6.0 $1,665 $1,110 $3,300
       
 Credential Program Tuition       
  6.1 or more $3,330 $2,220 $6,660
  0 to 6.0 $1,932 $1,288 $3,864
       
 Graduate/Post Baccalaureate Tuition      
  6.1 or more $3,588 $2,392 $7,176
  0 to 6.0 $2,082 $1,388 $4,164

2021-22 Doctorate Tuition *

  Units Per Term Per Quarter Per Academic Year
 Audiology  All Students $7,371   $14,742
 Education  All Students $5,919 $3,946 $11,838
 Nursing Practice  All Students $7,635   $15,270
 Physical Therapy  All Students $8,598  

$17,196

*Applicable term tuition applies for campuses with special terms, as determined by the campus. Total college year tuition cannot exceed the academic year plus summer term tuition. The summer term tuition for the education doctorate at quarter campuses is equal to the per semester tuition listed in the table. Total tuition for the education doctorate over the college year equals the per academic year tuition plus the per semester tuition for the summer term at all CSU campuses.

2021-22 Graduate Business Professional Fee

  Per Term Per Quarter
 Charge Per Unit $270 $180

The graduate business professional fee is paid on a per unit basis in addition to basic tuition and campus fees for the following graduate business programs:

  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Accountancy
  • Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Business Administration
  • Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Health Care Management
  • Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Business and Technology
  • Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Information Systems
  • Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Taxation

2021-22 Nonresident Students (U.S. and Foreign)

Nonresident tuition (in addition to basic tuition and systemwide fees charged all students) for all campuses:

  Per Term Per Quarter
 Charge Per Unit $396 $264

The total nonresident tuition paid per term will be determined by the number of units taken.

Mandatory systemwide tuition is waived for those individuals who qualify for such exemption under the provisions of the California Education Code (see section on fee waivers).

Students are charged campus fees in addition to tuition and systemwide fees. Information on campus fees can be found by contacting the individual campus(es).

Credit Cards

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards may be used for payment of student tuition and fees but may be subject to a non-refundable credit card processing fee.

Procedure for the Establishment or Abolishment of Campus-Based Mandatory Fees

The law governing the California State University provides that specific campus fees defined as mandatory, such as a student association fee and a student center fee, may be established. A student association fee must be established upon a favorable vote of two-thirds of the students voting in an election held for this purpose (Education Code, Section 89300). The campus president may adjust the student association fee only after the fee adjustment has been approved by a majority of students voting in a referendum established for that purpose. The required fee shall be subject to referendum at any time upon the presentation of a petition to the campus president containing the signatures of 10 percent of the regularly enrolled students at the university. Student association fees support a variety of cultural and recreational programs, childcare centers, and special student support programs. A student center fee may be established only after a fee referendum is held which approves by a two-thirds favorable vote the establishment of the fee (Education Code, Section 89304). Once bonds are issued, authority to set and adjust student center fees is governed by provisions of the State University Revenue Bond Act of 1947, including, but not limited to, Education Code sections 90012, 90027, and 90068.

The process to establish and adjust other campus-based mandatory fees requires consideration by the campus fee advisory committee and a consultation or student referendum process as established by California State University Student Fee Policy, Section III (or any successor policy). The campus president may use consultation mechanisms if he/she determines that a referendum is not the best mechanism to achieve appropriate and meaningful consultation, and referendum is not required by the Education Code or Student Success Fee policy. Results of the referendum and the fee committee review are advisory to the campus president. The president may adjust campus-based mandatory fees but must request the chancellor to establish a new mandatory fee. The president shall provide to the fee advisory committee a report of all campus-based mandatory fees. The campus shall report annually to the chancellor a complete inventory of all campus-based mandatory fees.

For more information or questions, please contact the System Budget Office in the CSU Chancellor's Office at (562) 951-4560.

Refund of Tuition and Mandatory Fees, Including Nonresident Tuition

Regulations governing the refund of tuition and mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, for students enrolling at the California State University are included in Section 41802 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations. For purposes of the refund policy, mandatory fees are defined as those systemwide and campus fees that are required to be paid in order to enroll in state-supported academic programs at the CSU. Refunds of fees and tuition charges for self-support, special session and extended education programs or courses at the CSU are governed by a separate policy established by the university, available at https://www.cpp.edu/ceu/index.shtml.

In order to receive a full refund of tuition and mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, less an administrative charge established by the campus, a student must cancel registration or drop all courses prior to the first day of instruction for the term. Information on procedures and deadlines for canceling registration and dropping classes is available https://www.cpp.edu/studentsuccess/guides/registration-page.shtml.

For state-supported semesters, quarters and non-standard terms or courses of four weeks or more, a student who withdraws during the term in accordance with the university's established procedures or drops all courses prior to the campus-designated drop period will receive a refund of tuition and mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, based on the portion of the term during which the student was enrolled. No student withdrawing after the 60 percent point in the term will be entitled to a refund of any mandatory fees or nonresident tuition.

A student who, within the campus designated drop period and in accordance with campus procedures, drops units resulting in a lower tuition and/or mandatory fee obligation shall be entitled to a refund of applicable tuition and mandatory fees less an administrative charge established by the campus.

For state-supported non-standard terms or courses of less than four weeks, no refunds of tuition and mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, will be made unless a student cancels registration or drops all classes, in accordance with the university's established procedures and deadlines, prior to the first day of instruction for state-supported non-standard terms or courses or prior to the first meeting for courses of less than four weeks.

Students will also receive a refund of tuition and mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, under the following circumstances:

  • The tuition and fees were assessed or collected in error;
  • The course for which the tuition and fees were assessed or collected was canceled by the university;
  • The university makes a delayed decision that the student was not eligible to enroll in the term for which tuition and mandatory fees were assessed and collected and the delayed decision was not due to incomplete or inaccurate information provided by the student; or
  • The student was activated for compulsory military service.

Students who are not entitled to a refund as described above may petition the university for a refund demonstrating exceptional circumstances and the chief financial officer of the university or designee may authorize a refund if he or she determines that the fees and tuition were not earned by the university.

Information concerning any aspect of the refund of fees may be obtained from Amy Cher, Coordinator of Student Accounting, at (909) 869-2011.

Nonresident Tuition Fee Waiver

California school district employees who are not yet legal residents of California may be exempted from the nonresident tuition fee if they are provisionally certificated, employed full-time by a school district in a position requiring certification, and if they are working toward fulfilling regular California credential requirements or completing a fifth year of study.

Children or spouses of the California State University employees are also eligible to apply for exemption from the nonresident fee.

Expenses (Estimated)

A student enrolling under the auspices of an agency supplying educational assistance should check in advance with the agency representative regarding payment of fees and/or costs.

The total cost for students living away from home will vary. However, typical costs will amount to approximately $20,500 for a three-quarter school year, excluding personal and transportation expenses.

Total expenses for nonresident and foreign students will be higher, as they will include tuition fees not required of legal California resident students.

Typical On-Campus Expenses for 2019-2020 Term

Associated Students, Inc. (ASI membership fee, not a state fee)
  Summer 2019 $7.56
  Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 $61.70
State University Fee
  Undergraduate  
       0-6.0 units
     6.1 and over
$1,665.00
$2,871.00
  Credential  
       0-6.0 units
     6.1 and over
$1,932.00
$3,300.00
  Graduate  
       0-6.0 units
     6.1 and over
$2,082.00
$3,588.00
  Education Doctorate  
       All Students $5,919.00
Bronco Student Center (STU) Fee  
  Summer 2019 $181.50
  Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 $393.73
Parking $231.00
Health Fee  (HFF) Medical Facility
  Summer 2019 $3.00
  Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 $3.00
Student Health Fee
  Summer 2019 $130.94
  Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 $130.94
Instructionally Related Fee (IRA)
  Summer 2019 $0.00
  Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 $20.00

*A Student Success Fee of $217.84 will apply to only Doctorates in the summer session. Totaling $540.84 (217.84+323.00).

ASI and BSC fees are subject to annual inflationary adjustments. Provision should be made for personal expenses which average $350 per term.

The student majoring in one of the environmental design disciplines should be prepared for expenditures that are somewhat greater than average. Experience has indicated that students spend from $150 to $250 per term for materials, equipment, and supplies during their initial year as environmental design students.

Fees and Debts Owed to the Institution

Should a student or former student fail to pay a fee or a debt owed to the institution, including tuition and student charges, the institution may "withhold permission to register, to use facilities for which a fee is authorized to be charged, to receive services, materials, food or merchandise or any combination of the above from any person owing a debt" until the debt is paid (see Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Sections 42380 and 42381).

Prospective students who register for courses offered by the university are obligated for the payment of charges and fees associated with registration for those courses. Failure to cancel registration in any course for an academic term prior to the first day of the academic term gives rise to an obligation to pay student charges and fees including any tuition for the reservation of space in the course.

The institution may withhold permission to register or other services offered by the institution from anyone owing fees or another debt to the institution. The institution may also report the debt to a credit bureau, offset the amount due against any future state tax refunds due the student, refer the debt to an outside collection agency and/or charge the student actual and reasonable collection costs, including reasonable attorney fees if litigation is necessary, in collecting any amount not paid when due.

The institution may not withhold an official transcript of grades by the institution from anyone owing fees or another debt to the institution (see Title 1.6C.7 (commencing with Section 1788.90) Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code). The institution can still charge a fee for the issuance of the transcript pursuant to their published transcript processing fees.

If a person believes he or she does not owe all or part of an asserted unpaid obligation, that person may contact the Student Accounting and Cashiering Services. The Student Accounting and Cashiering Services Office to which the business office may refer the person, will review all pertinent information provided by the person and available to the campus and will advise the person of its conclusions.

FEE WAIVERS AND EXEMPTIONS

The California Education Code provides for the waiver of mandatory systemwide tuition fees summarized below:

Section 66025.3 -

Military

Dependent eligible to receive assistance under Article 2 of Chapter 4 of Division 4 of the Military and Veterans Code; child of any veteran of the United States military who has a service- connected disability, has been killed in service, or has died of a service-connected disability, and meets specified income provisions; dependent, or surviving spouse who has not remarried of any member of the California National Guard who, in the line of duty, and while in the active service of the state, was killed, died of a disability resulting from an event that occurred while in the active service of the state, or is permanently disabled as a result of an event that occurred while in the active service of the state; and any undergraduate student who is a recipient of a Medal of Honor, or undergraduate student who is a child of a recipient of a Medal of Honor who is no more than 27 years old, who meets the income restriction and California residency requirement.

Foster Youth

Current or former foster youth who are 25 years of age or younger; have been in foster care for at least 12 consecutive months after reaching 10 years of age; meet one of the following: is under a current foster care placement order by the juvenile court, was under a foster care placement order by the juvenile court upon reaching 18 years of age, or was adopted, or entered guardianship, from foster care; completes and submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); maintains a minimum grade point average and meets the conditions necessary to be in good standing at the campus; and meets the financial need requirements established for Cal Grant A awards. The waiver of mandatory systemwide tuition and fees under this section applies only to a person who is determined to be a resident of California pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 68000) of Part 41 of the California Education Code.

Section 66602 - A qualifying student from the California State University who is appointed by the Governor to serve as Trustee of the California State University for the duration of his or her term of office.

Section 68120 - Surviving spouse or child of a deceased resident who was employed by a public agency, or was a contractor or an employee of a contractor, performing services for a public agency, and was killed or died as a result of an industrial injury or illness arising out of and in the course of the performance of his/her principal duties of active law enforcement or active fire suppression and prevention duties (referred to as Alan Pattee Scholarships).

Additionally, a person who qualifies for the waiver under this section as a surviving child of a contractor or of an employee of a contractor, who performed services for a public agency, must have enrolled as an undergraduate student at the California State University and meet the applicable income restriction requirement with supporting documentation (i.e. his/her income, including the value of parent support, does not exceed the maximum household income and asset level for an applicant for a Cal Grant B award).

Section 68121 - A qualifying student enrolled in an undergraduate program who is the surviving dependent of any individual killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in southwestern Pennsylvania, if the student meets the financial need requirements set forth in Government Code Section 69432.7 for the Cal Grant A Program and either the surviving dependent or the individual killed in the attacks was a resident of California on September 11, 2001.

Section 69000 - A person who has been exonerated, as that term is defined in Section 3007.05(e) of the Penal Code; completes and submits the FAFSA; and meets the financial need requirements established for Cal Grant A awards. The waiver of mandatory systemwide tuition and fees under this section applies only to a person who is determined to be a resident of California pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 68000) of Part 41 of the California Education Code.
Students who may qualify for the above benefits should contact the Admissions/Registrar's Office for further information and/or an eligibility determination.

The California Education Code provides for the following nonresident tuition exemptions as summarized below:

Section 68075 - A student who is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in this state, except a member of the Armed Forces assigned for educational purposes to a state-supported institution of higher education, is entitled to resident classification only for the purpose of determining the amount of tuition and fees.

If that member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is in attendance at an institution is thereafter transferred on military orders to a place outside this state where the member continues to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States, he or she shall not lose his or her resident classification so long as he or she remains continuously enrolled at that institution.

Section 68075.7 - Notwithstanding any other law:

(a) Effective for academic terms beginning after July 1, 2019, a student enrolled at a campus of the California Community Colleges or the California State University who meets all of the following requirements shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition or any other fee that is exclusively applicable to nonresident students:

(1) The student resides in California.

(2) The student meets the definition of "covered individual," as that term is defined in Section 3679(c)(2) of Title 38 of the United States Code.

(3) The student is eligible for education benefits under the federal Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program (Chapter 30 (commencing with Section 3001) of Title 38 of the United States Code), the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program (Chapter 31 (commencing with Section 3100) of Title 38 of the United States Code), or the Post-9/11 GI Bill program (Chapter 33 (commencing with Section 3301) of Title 38 of the United States Code), as each read on January 1, 2019.

(b) After the expiration of the three-year period following discharge as described in Section 3679(c)(2)(A) or (B)(ii)(I) of Title 38 of the United States Code, a student who qualifies for an exemption from paying nonresident tuition and other applicable fees under paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) shall be deemed to maintain "covered individual" status as long as the student remains continuously enrolled at a campus, even if the student enrolls in multiple programs, and the student shall continue to be exempt from paying nonresident tuition and other fees that are exclusively applicable to nonresident students. As used in this section, "continuously enrolled" means enrolled for at least the fall and spring semesters of an academic year, or for at least three of the quarters in an academic year for an institution using the quarter system.

(c) The attendance of a community college student who is exempt from paying nonresident tuition and other fees pursuant to this section may be reported by the community college district of attendance for apportionment purposes.

Section 68122 - A student who is a victim of trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes who has been granted T or U visa status (respectively under Section 1101(a)(15)(T)(i) or (ii), or Section 1101(a)(15)(U)(i) or (ii), of Title 8 of the United States Code) shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition to the same extent as individuals who are admitted to the United States as refugees under Section 1157 of Title 8 of the United States Code.

Section 68130.5 - A student, other than a nonimmigrant alien (8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(15)), who is not a resident of California is exempt from paying nonresident tuition if the student meets the requirements of (1) through (4), below:

  1. Satisfaction of the requirements of either subparagraph (A) or subparagraph (B):
    1. A total attendance of, or attainment of credits earned while in California equivalent to, three or more years of full-time attendance or attainment of credits at any of the following:
      1.        California high schools.
      2. California high schools established by the State Board of Education.
      3. California adult schools established by a county office of education, a unified school district or high school district, or the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (subject to the class hours' requirement).
      4. Campuses of the California Community Colleges (subject to the credit requirements).
      5. A combination of those schools set forth in clauses (i) to (iv), inclusive.
    2. Three or more years of full-time high school coursework, and a total of three or more years of attendance in California elementary schools, California secondary schools, or a combination of California elementary and secondary schools.
  2. Satisfaction of any of the following:
    1. Graduation from a California high school or attainment of the equivalent thereof.
    2. Attainment of an associate degree from a campus of the California Community Colleges.
    3. Fulfillment of the minimum transfer requirements established for the California State University for students transferring from a campus of the California Community Colleges.
  3. Registration as an entering student at, or current enrollment at, an accredited institution of higher education in California not earlier than the fall semester or quarter of the 2001-02 academic year.
  4. In the case of a person without lawful immigration status, the filing of an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.

Average Support Cost Per Full-Time Equivalent Student and Sources of Funds

The total support cost per full-time equivalent student (FTES) includes the expenditures for current operations, including payments made to students in the form of financial aid, and all fully reimbursed programs contained in state appropriations. The average support cost is determined by dividing the total cost by the number of FTES. The total CSU 2020/21 budget amounts were $3,722,806,000 from state General Fund (GF) appropriations, before a $42.7 million CalPERS retirement adjustment, $2,626,783,000 from gross tuition revenue, and $612,221,000 from other fee revenues for a total of $6,961,810,000. The 2020/21 resident FTES target is 374,131 and the nonresident FTES based on past-year actual is 22,154 for a total of 396,285 FTES. The GF appropriation is applicable to resident students only whereas fee revenues are collected from resident and nonresident students. FTES is determined by dividing the total academic student load (e.g. 15 units per semester) (the figure used here to define a full-time student's academic load).

 2020/21

Amount

 

Average Cost per FTES

 

Percentage

 State Appropriation (GF)1

3,722,806,000

 

9,951

 

55.0%

 Gross Tuition Fee Revenue2

2,626,783,000

 

6,629

 

36.5%

 Other Fees Revenue2

612,221,000

 

1,545

 

8.5%

Total Support Cost

6,961,810,000   18,125   100%

 1Represents state GF appropriation in the Budget Act of 2020/21; GF is divisible by resident students only (374,131 FTES)

  2Represents CSU Operating Fund, gross tuition and other fees revenue amounts  submitted in campus August 2020/21 final budgets. Revenues are divisible by resident and nonresident students (396,285 FTES).

The 2020/21 average support cost per FTES based on GF appropriation and net tuition fee revenue only is $16,235 and when including all three sources as indicated below is $17,780, which includes all fee revenue (e.g. tuition fees, application fees, and other campus mandatory fees) in the CSU Operating Fund. Of this amount, the average net tuition and other fee revenue per FTES is $7,829.

The average CSU 2020/21 academic year, resident, undergraduate student basic tuition and other mandatory fees required to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university is $7,363 ($5,742 tuition fee plus $1,621 average campus-based fees). However, the costs paid by the individual students will vary depending on campus, program, and whether a student is part-time, full-time, resident, or nonresident.

Federal Compliance for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program and Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®

Cal Poly Pomona agrees to commit to comply with Federal Statute 38 U.S.C. §3679(e):

Information for Students Using Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits (CH31) or Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (CH33)

A student using Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits (CH31) or Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® (CH33) will be allowed to enroll in and attend courses and access campus facilities while the campus awaits payment for tuition and fees from the VA. While awaiting receipt of funds from the VA, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona will not impose any penalty, charge late fees or require an eligible student to borrow additional funds to cover tuition or fees. This waiting period begins the date the student provides appropriate documentation and continues either until funds are received from the VA or until 90 days after the School Certifying Official has certified the student's enrollment for tuition and fees.

To demonstrate current eligibility and intent to use Chapter 31 or 33 benefits, a student must provide the following documents:

  • VA Form 28-1905 (Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status); or
  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or Education Enrollment Status form (printed from the VA website).
  • A written request to use either VA Vocational Rehabilitation or Post 9/11G.I. Bill benefits; and
  • All additional information requested by the School Certifying Official to properly certify enrollment to the VA.
    • Contact Information Form
    • Statement of Responsibility
    • Education Plan
    • Completion of VA Benefits Certification via BroncoDirect

For more information regarding this policy, contact your School Certifying Official, Samuel Kim at kim@cpp.edu or (909) 869-2867. You may also contact the Veterans Resource Center at (909) 869-6994 or at vetquestions@cpp.edu.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Cal Poly Pomona offers a variety of financial aid programs to assist students with college costs. Grants, work opportunities, loans and scholarships totaling more than $205 million are funded each year through federal, state, private and University sources. The following information describes three different types of resources: (1) aid programs for students with financial need; (2) academic or merit scholarships awarded without consideration of need; and (3) alternative financing options available to students and parents. Seventy-five percent of Cal Poly Pomona's students receive aid through one or more of these options.

Although every effort is made to present the most accurate and up-to-date information, this information is subject to change due to alterations in federal, state, University or lender policy or procedures. For additional information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Staff members are available to assist both students and parents in obtaining the maximum resources available.

The federal Military Selective Service Act (the "Act") requires most males residing in the United States to present themselves for registration with the Selective Service System within thirty days of their eighteenth birthday. Most males between the ages of 18 and 25 must be registered. Males born after December 31, 1959, may be required to submit a statement of compliance with the Act and regulations in order to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under specified provisions of existing federal law. In California, students subject to the Act who fail to register are also ineligible to receive any need-based student grants funded by the state or a public postsecondary institution.

Selective Service registration forms are available at any U.S. Post Office, and many high schools have a staff member or teacher appointed as a Selective Service Registrar. Applicants for financial aid can also request that information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be used to register them with the Selective Service. For more information on the Selective Service System and to initiate the registration process visit the official Selective Service System website.

International students are ineligible to apply for any form of U.S. government financial aid. International students should pursue private sources of financial aid, including institutional aid from Cal Poly Pomona colleges and departments. The International Center administers a scholarship and no-interest program for international students as well.

Need-Based Programs

Qualifications: To receive aid through the need-based grant, loan and/or employment programs, students must (1) have financial need; (2) have a high school diploma or a GED; (3) be enrolled as a regular student working towards a degree or certificate in an eligible program; (4) be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen: (5) have a social security number: (6) make satisfactory academic progress; and (7) register with the Selective Service, if required.

Financial need is determined by comparing the student's total educational costs with the amount the student's family can reasonably be expected to contribute. Total educational costs include fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses.

Costs vary depending on the student's residency status, number of credits, room and board arrangements, as well as the choices they make concerning personal and transportation expenses.

Each student's family contribution is based on the student's income and assets, parents' income and assets (if applicable), family size, number of family members attending college, etc. This information is provided by the student on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and is used in a formula, established by the U.S. Congress to determine the student's financial need, as follows:


-
=
Total cost of education
 Expected family contribution
 Amount of financial need

Application Process for Need-Based Programs

Students applying for need-based financial aid must complete the following steps:

Step 1 (The Application)

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include Cal Poly Pomona's school code number, 001144. Students may apply online https://www.fafsa.ed.gov. California residents who wish to apply for a Cal Grant must also complete a GPA Verification Form. The FAFSA and GPA Verification Form are available October 1 at all high schools and colleges in California.

New students should not wait to be admitted to the University to apply for financial aid. The earlier the application, the better the chance that funds will be available. Students must reapply for aid each year. Students should complete this application as early as possible after October 1, but no later than the priority filing deadline of March 2.

Step 2 (Request for Documents)

Approximately four weeks after the FAFSA is filed, the central processing center will send a Student Aid Report (SAR) to the student and electronically transfer the application to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Upon review of the information included on the FAFSA, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will notify applicants if any additional information is needed (e.g., copies of federal tax returns, transcripts, etc.).

Step 3 (Application Review and Awarding)

As application files are completed and reviewed by the Financial Aid staff, students are notified by e-mail of their eligibility for financial aid. Students who qualify will receive a Financial Aid Offer letter outlining the types and amounts of awarded financial aid. Information is also provided at that time giving details about maintaining eligibility and the disbursement of aid. Typically, aid is disbursed at the beginning of each term. Financial Aid awards are based on full-time units (12 units or more). Some financial aid is adjusted if the student is enrolled in less than full-time units. Adjustments are made for two-term time (9-11 units), half-time (6-8 units), and less than half-time (1-5 units). Some aid types are not available for less than half-time enrollment.

New applicants for Cal Grants will be notified by the California Student Aid Commission of their eligibility for Cal Grants; renewal recipients will be notified by the Cal Poly Pomona Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Types of Need-Based Programs

Eligible students are offered a "package" which may consist of a combination of grants, work opportunities, and loans. Awards are based on each student's eligibility and the availability of funds at the time the aid application is received and completed.

The following programs are available to students who qualify for need-based assistance:

Grants (Aid that does not have to be repaid)

Federal Pell Grant is a grant for students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. Students seeking a teacher credential are eligible to apply for the Pell Grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a federal grant for students with exceptional financial need. Recipients must be eligible for the Pell Grant.

Cal Grants A and B are state grants awarded to California residents on the basis of financial need and grade point average. Initial awards are determined by the California Student Aid Commission. Renewal awards are determined by Cal Poly Pomona based on state criteria.

Cal Grant A awards are for fees.

Cal Grant B awards cover fees and provide a monthly living allowance. Freshman recipients receive a living allowance; beginning with the sophomore year, recipients receive funds for both fees and living allowance.

Educational Opportunity Grant (EOP) is a state grant for undergraduate students who meet specified need criteria and are admitted to the University through EOP.

State University Grant (SUG) is a state grant for the tuition/fees for California resident undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. Cal Grant recipients are not eligible for SUG.

Cal Poly Pomona Grant (CPP) is a university grant for undergraduate students to assist with payment of fees.

Loans (Aid that has to be repaid)

Federal Direct Stafford Loan is a federal loan for undergraduate and graduate students. The award ranges from $500 to the maximum shown below.

 Freshman $3,500 $2,000 Unsubsidized
 Sophomore $4,500 $2,000 Unsubsidized
 Other Undergraduate $5,500 $2,000 Unsubsidized
 Graduate   $20,500 Unsubsidized only

Independent undergraduate students and may qualify for additional unsubsidized loan eligibility with Parent Plus credit denial as follows:

 Freshman/Sophomore $4,000
 Other Undergraduate $5,000

The current interest rate is fixed at 4.45% for undergraduate students and 6.0% for graduate students. Repayment of principal begins six months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. For students who have financial need, the loan is subsidized, and the government pays the interest while the student is in school. For students who do not have financial need, the loan is unsubsidized and students make interest only payments while in school or defer payment of the interest until repayment of the principal begins.

Employment (Aid that has to be earned)

Federal Work Study is a federally subsidized program through which students earn funds for educational expenses. Work opportunities are both on and off campus and include positions in research, tutoring, community service, administration and office operations, computing and library services and more. Awards range from $1,500 to $3,000.

Academic and Merit Scholarships

Scholarships are offered through Cal Poly Pomona as well as several organizations, businesses and community groups that are external to the university. Scholarships are generally awarded on the basis of academic merit, leadership, talent, and/or community service. Financial need is a criterion for some, but not all, scholarships. Eligibility criteria, application procedures, and deadlines may vary by program.

Cal Poly Pomona scholarships are available through the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, the academic colleges and campus departments.

To be considered for the awards administered through each of these sources, students must apply through the following sources:

Applications from incoming freshmen for the Honors Fellows Program must be submitted no later than January 31. Applications are available in the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Reference material is located in the Financial Aid Lobby located on the third floor of the CLA Tower. Additional scholarship information is available on the Cal Poly Pomona's Financial Aid website.

The President's Council Scholars Program

This program, established in 1983, recognizes the academic and extracurricular excellence of selected Cal Poly Pomona students. Funded by private contributions from members of the President's Council, this award provides $1,500 in scholarships each year to over ten students. President's Council Scholars are invited to participate in several special activities throughout the year. One student is selected from each of the University's six academic colleges, the Collins College of Hospitality Management, and the College of Education and Integrative Studies.

To be eligible, students must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.5, be either a junior or senior at the beginning of the academic year of the award, and must attend Cal Poly Pomona throughout the year of the award. Financial need is not a criterion for this award.

Applications will be mailed to eligible students in February, for the following academic year.

The Honors Fellows Program (formerly Kellogg Scholars Program)

This program, established in 1995, recognizes and rewards the academic excellence and outstanding achievement of high school seniors graduating from California high schools.

Honors Fellows receive a four-year, renewable scholarship for fees and a reduction in room charges for each year they choose to live on campus.

Applicants must complete the application for admission to Cal Poly Pomona by November 30, have earned an unweighted high school grade point average of 3.75 or better, and plan to enroll as a first-time freshman at Cal Poly Pomona on a full-time basis beginning the fall of the academic year of the award. Final selection is based on a review of grade point average, strength of academic program, rank in class, leadership, community and work experience. Financial need is not a criterion for this award.

The university scholarship application is required for initial consideration as a candidate and application/transcripts must be submitted by January 31. Final award decision will be made by April 1.

Information about the program may be obtained by contacting the Kellogg Honors College.

Fee Waivers

The California Education Code includes provisions for the waiver of mandatory systemwide fees as follows:

Section 66025.3 - Qualifying children, spouses/registered domestic partners, or unmarried surviving spouses/registered domestic partners of a war period veteran of the U.S. military who is totally service-connected disabled or who died as a result of service-related causes; children of any veteran of the U.S. military who has a service-connected disability, was killed in action, or died of a service-connected disability and meets specified income provisions; any dependents or surviving spouse/registered domestic partner who has not remarried of a member of the California National Guard who in the line of duty and in active service of the state was killed or became permanently disabled or died of a disability as a result of an event while in active service of the state; and undergraduate students who are the recipient of or the child of a recipient of a Congressional Medal of Honor and meet certain age and income restrictions;

Section 68120 - Qualifying children and surviving spouses/registered domestic partners of deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employees who were California residents and who were killed in the course of active law enforcement or fire suppression duties (referred to as Alan Pattee Scholarships); and

Section 68121 - Qualifying students enrolled in an undergraduate program who are the surviving dependent of any individual killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in southwestern Pennsylvania, if the student meets the financial need requirements set forth in Section 69432.7 for the Cal Grant A Program and either the surviving dependent or the individual killed in the attacks was a resident of California on September 11, 2001. Students who may qualify for these benefits should contact the Admissions/Registrar's Office for further information and/or an eligibility determination.

Section 38130.5 - Qualifying non-resident students exempt from paying nonresident tuition, such as, nonresident student with: high school attendance in California for three or more years; graduation from a California high school or attainment of equivalent; registration as an entering student at, or current enrollment at, and accredited institution of higher education in California not earlier than the fall semester or quarter of the 2001-02 academic year; in the case of a person without lawful immigration status, the filing of an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.

Alternative Financing Programs

Funding is available which allows students and families to finance their portion of educational costs over an extended period of time. Through long-term financing programs, families may finance up to their share of the total cost of education, including travel and personal expenses.

Direct Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans (as described above) are available to students without consideration of financial need. Students must first complete the FAFSA but do not need to demonstrate financial need.

Direct Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is a federal loan for parents of undergraduate students. Eligibility is not based on family income or financial need. Parents may not have an adverse credit history. The interest rate is fixed at 7.0% as of October 1, 2017.

Parents may borrow from $500 up to the total cost of education minus any financial aid received. Repayment extends up to 10 years and payment begins 60 days after the loan is received.

Short term loans are available through University Financial Services to undergraduate and graduate students for books, supplies, fees or unexpected expenses. Amounts range from $50 to $250, or the amount of fees. Financial need is not a criterion. Applicants must have a 2.0 GPA (3.0 for graduates), not have any outstanding financial obligations to the University, and have a source of repayment.

Cal Poly Pomona students have the option to pay their fees (and tuition where applicable) on an installment plan. Payment plan information is available through University Financial Services.

Financial Aid Services

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships is located on the first floor of the Student Services Building, Building 121. The phone number is (909) 869-3700; fax number is (909) 869-4757.

Students may access the Cal Poly Pomona Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships website at https://www.cpp.edu/~financial_aid/ for general information as well as specific information concerning their individual application and financial aid award status.

Staff members are available at the Financial Aid Service Counter from Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-in advising is also offered. Specific hours for Summer and term breaks are available by contacting the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Institutional and Financial Assistance Information

The following information concerning student financial assistance may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships:

  • A description of the federal, state, institutional, local, and private student financial assistance programs available to students who enroll at Cal Poly Pomona;
  • For each aid program, a description of procedures and forms by which students apply for assistance, student eligibility requirements, criteria for selecting recipients from the group of eligible applicants, and criteria for determining the amount of a student's award;
  • A description of the rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial assistance, including federal Title IV student assistance programs, and criteria for continued student eligibility under each program;
  • The satisfactory academic progress standards that students must maintain for the purpose of receiving financial assistance and criteria by which a student who has failed to maintain satisfactory progress may reestablish eligibility for financial assistance;
  • The method by which financial assistance disbursements will be made to students and the frequency of those disbursements;
  • The way the school provides for Pell-eligible students to obtain or purchase required books and supplies by the seventh day of a payment period and how the student may opt out;
  • The terms of any loan received as part of the student's financial aid package, a sample loan repayment schedule, and the necessity for repaying loans;
  • The general conditions and terms applicable to any employment provided as part of the student's financial aid package;
  • The terms and conditions of the loans students receive under the Direct Loan and Perkins Loan Programs;
  • The exit counseling information the school provides and collects for student borrowers; and
  • Contact information for campus offices available for disputes concerning federal, institutional and private loans. Information concerning the cost of attending Cal Poly Pomona is available from the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Student Services Building (121) first floor, and can be contacted at (909) 869-3700, and includes tuition and fees; the estimated costs of books and supplies; estimates of typical student room, board, and transportation costs; and, if requested, additional costs for specific programs.

Information concerning the refund policies of Cal Poly Pomona for the return of unearned tuition and fees or other refundable portions of institutional charges is available from the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Student Services Building (121) first floor and can be contacted at (909) 869-3700.

Information concerning policies regarding the return of federal Title IV student assistance funds as required by regulation is available from Cal Poly Pomona's Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Student Services Building (121) first floor and can be contacted at (909) 869-3700.

Information regarding special facilities and services available to students with disabilities may be obtained from the Disability Resource Center, Building 9 Room 103, and can be contacted at (909) 869-3333.

Information concerning Cal Poly Pomona's policies, procedures, and facilities for students and other to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus may be obtained from the University Police Department, Building 109, and can be contacted at 9-1-1 or (909) 869-3070.

Information concerning Cal Poly Pomona's annual campus security report and annual fire safety report may be obtained from the University Police Department, Building 109, and can be contacted at (909) 869-4139.

Information concerning the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation programs may be obtained from the Chair, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Advisory Council.  Website:  or by calling Student Health and Counseling Services Wellness Center, Building 46, (909) 869-5272.
https://www.cpp.edu/~alcohol-drugs/index.shtml

Information regarding student retention and graduation rates at Cal Poly Pomona and, if available, the number and percentage of students completing the program in which the student is enrolled or has expressed interest may be obtained from Institutional Research and Academic Resources, located in Building 1 Room 113, or contacted at (909) 869-3405.

Information concerning athletic opportunities available to male and female students and the financial resources and personnel that Cal Poly Pomona dedicates to its men's and women's teams may be obtained from Stephanie Duke, Associate Athletic Director, Building 43 Room 118, or can be contacted at (909) 869-3778, or for financial assistance, contact Marcia Starcher, Scholarship Specialist, Student Services Building (121) first floor, and can be contacted at (909) 869-3710.

Information concerning teacher preparation programs at Cal Poly Pomona, including the pass rate on teacher certification examinations, may be obtained from the Department of Education, Building 5 Room 229, or can be contacted at (909) 869-2300.

Information concerning grievance procedures for students who feel aggrieved in their relationships with the university, its policies, practices and procedures, or its faculty and staff may be obtained from the Ombuds Office, Building 1 Room 106, or can be contacted at (909) 869-2286.

Information concerning student activities that Cal Poly Pomona provides, must be easily accessible on https://www.cpp.edu/.

Information concerning student body diversity at Cal Poly Pomona, including the percentage of enrolled, full-time students who are (1) male, (2) female, (3) Pell Grant recipients, and (4) self-identified members of a specific racial or ethnic group, must be obtained from Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Student Services Building (121), first floor, and can be contacted at (909) 869-3700.

The federal Military Selective Service Act (the "Act") requires most males residing in the United States to present themselves for registration with the Selective Service System within thirty days of their eighteenth birthday. Most males between the ages of 18 and 25 must be registered. Males born after December 31, 1959, may be required to submit a statement of compliance with the Act and regulations in order to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under specified provisions of existing federal law. In California, students subject to the Act who fail to register are also ineligible to receive any need-based student grants funded by the state or a public postsecondary institution.

Selective Service registration forms are available at any U.S. Post Office, and many high schools have a staff member or teacher appointed as a Selective Service Registrar. Applicants for financial aid can also request that information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be used to register them with the Selective Service. For more information on the Selective Service System and to initiate the registration process visit the official Selective Service System website.