University description (as per official university website)
California Polytechnic State University, also officially recognized as Cal Poly, is a nationally ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, United States. It was established on March 8, 1901. Cal Poly is part of the California State University system (CSU). It is the second largest land-holding university in California.
Cal Poly is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). It offers a full spectrum of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. It is organized into the following academic divisions:
* College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
* College of Architecture and Environmental Design
* College of Education
* College of Engineering
* College of Liberal Arts
* College of Science and Mathematics
* Orfalea College of Business
Cal Poly was ranked the "#1 Public Master's University in the Western United States" for the 15th consecutive year in the America's Best Colleges of U.S. News & World Report (2008). Cal Poly has several Greek organizations since 1949. They are governed by United Sorority and Fraternity Council, Interfraternity Council, and Panhellenic Association.
Cal Poly Financial Aid
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The Financial Aid Office helps you plan your finances and organize your resources to cover your college costs. Financial assistance is a resource designed to supplement the cost of education, and is not intended to be used as a student's sole means of income. The types and amounts of aid Cal Poly awards or recommends are subject to availability of funds, enrollment status, and financial need. Cal Poly students have a variety of financial aid programs available for assistance. Programs vary in eligibility criteria, award amounts, and repayment options.
It is time to apply for financial aid for the 2010-11 school year. Cal Poly's priority filing period is January 1 - March 2, 2010. The first step is completing the federal application at www.fafsa.ed.gov. For more information on the process at Cal Poly, please click How to Apply.
* Students should start checking their portals in late March or early April for updates on their financial aid status and to see if additional documents are needed to finalize awards.
* Cal Poly does not require a separate scholarship application to be considered for Cal Poly scholarships. Scholarship decisions are based primarily on college/major/GPA and if new, admissions data. Scholarship notification occurs via the financial aid award notice. Students should check their portal and/or watch for Cal Poly email notification.
Families who have experienced a significant change in income may submit a Special Conditions Form AFTER July 1, 2010. Consideration of special conditions requires verification of your FAFSA data. You must provide documentation of income for the first 6 months of 2010, submit 2009 federal tax forms and the verification worksheet.