The Cal Poly College Based Fee
Student Aid and Learn by Doing Plan

In Fall quarter 2021, Academic Affairs submitted a proposal to increase the College Based Fee (CBF). If approved, this increase would be assessed on newly enrolled students beginning Fall 2022. Subsequent fee increases would be made on a cohort basis, so that future students would pay the same CBF during their time at Cal Poly. All currently matriculated students will continue to pay current CBF rates and will NOT pay the increased fee.

The proposed increase in college-based fees will allow Cal Poly to:

Establish a new campus-based source of financial aid (CBF Student Aid) to augment CSU, state and federal aid, and provide scholarships to lower the net cost of attendance for those students with the greatest economic need

Appropriately fund our high investment programs in support of our comprehensive polytechnic mission

Allow the campus to fund the teacher-scholar model more fully, which is critical to our Learn by Doing curriculum

Enhance faculty recruitment and retention

Improve tenure density                    


Academic Affairs is seeking participation from the campus community through the alternative consultation process. Consultation period opens on January 5 and closes on February 9.

Currently enrolled students can share their feedback on the proposed fee increase through February 9, 2022. Please fill out the form linked below. Please note that a Cal Poly student email address is required to submit feedback, and an individual student may only submit one comment. Once a comment has been submitted, it cannot be changed. We recommend writing out your comment in a word processor and pasting it into the form when finalized.


For more information on policies related to fees, please see the links below.