Cal Poly Cares Application For Assistance

Cal Poly Cares applications submitted after June 15, 2019 will be reviewed on August 2, 2019. 


Cal Poly Cares can award grants up to $2,000. If you have a greater need, please contact the Dean of Students office at (805) 756-2472 or

In order to be eligible for Cal Poly Cares students must have utilized all available funding sources, including subsidized loans.

*If you are experiencing hunger and/or food insecurity, please contact our office or visit Hunger Program for more resources, including meal vouchers and food pantry information.

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Cal Poly Cares provides support to students with unexpected and urgent unmet needs including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Housing: supports students experiencing homelessness by providing short-term emergency housing and housing assistance
  • Medical: provides support for unexpected medical expenses that are critical to a student’s health and wellbeing
  • Academic Supplies and Materials: offers funds for textbooks, course materials, supplies and technology that exceed a student's financial resources
  • Tuition: provides tuition support for students who have utilized all available funding sources
  • Commencement Regalia: offers commencement regalia for graduating seniors who would otherwise be unable to participate in graduation.
  • Other: offers support with unplanned expenses that require immediate relief such as car repairs, travel home for emergency family situations, and other temporary hardships
Cal Poly Cares Awards






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Additional Information

Please explain how these unexpected circumstances may affect your ability to remain enrolled at Cal Poly (not applicable to Commencement Fee).

By checking below, I give permission to apply Cal Poly Cares grant to charges that are not automatically paid by financial aid, including, but not limited to housing and dining fees, health fees, etc. Granting this permission may expedite the clearing of charges on your student account, thereby helping you avoid late payment fees and/or a hold being placed on your student records.

By checking below, I give permission to the Cal Poly Financial Aid Office to release my financial aid award information to the members of the selection committee.

If you have financial aid and do not give permission, your application cannot be processed.


The Cal Poly Cares Committee meets weekly and you will be notified by email of the decision regarding your grant within 10 days.

Funding from the Cal Poly Cares program will be coordinated with financial aid and may impact your other aid.

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