Selection Process

Selection Process

Consideration for the Cal Poly Scholars program is automatically determined upon admission to the university. There are no additional forms to fill out. Students are notified if they have been selected for a CP Scholars award when they receive their financial aid package, usually in March before the start of their freshman year.

Selection for the Cal Poly Scholars program is based on the following criteria:

  • Graduation from a Cal Poly Partner High School
  • Admission to the University and enrollment in a College/Major that offers CP Scholars
  • Completion of a Financial Aid Application (FAFSA or California Dream Application)
  • A qualifying maximum family income and Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

There are several different scholarship awards available within the CP Scholars program. These awards may include different scholarship money levels and differing technology packages (iPad or laptop.) Scholars with questions about their individual package should contact the Program Coordinator or the Office of Financial Aid. All CP Scholars participate in the same living-learning community and programmatic supports.

The goal of the CP Scholars Committee and University Administration is to provide a CP Scholars award to every eligible student. However, depending on availability of funding and the capacity of the program, priority for Cal Poly Scholars awards may be determined by GPA, SAT Score, and other admissions criteria.

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