Summer 2018 Important Dates

Students WITHOUT Financial Aid — Past due: 05/11/2018, Class Cancellation: 06/11/2018
Students WITH Financial Aid — Past due: 06/26/2018, not subject to class cancellation

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Commencement Fee

Fee Increase Effective Fall 2015

On the recommendation of the Commencement Policy Committee, the ASI Board of Directors, Council of Divisional Vice Presidents, and the President, the Commencement Fee rate will increase effective Fall 2015 quarter.  The commencement fee covers the cost of all commencement-related services, resources, events, staffing and all programmatic elements of the commencement experience from beginning to end.

The Commencement Fee amount for Academic Year 2015-2016 is $90, and will be charged only one time for each Cal Poly degree or credential program.

Beginning with the Fall 2015 term, the Commencement Fee will be automatically charged one time to all undergraduate students once they reach an Expected Academic Progress (EAP) level that is equal to or greater than 75% of their degree completion requirements. All graduate students will be charged during their next term of enrollment beginning with Fall 2015.

Commencement is an integral representation of a student's academic achievements. Whether a student intends to participate in the graduation ceremonies or not, this fee will be charged to their student account and the commencement fee cannot be refunded if the student does not complete their degree.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Commencement Fee

How is the Commencement Fee Charged?

The Commencement Fee will be charged to your student account once for each degree or credential program. The fee will be charged based upon enrollment in the term like Registration and Tuition Fees. Undergraduate students will be charged when they reach an Expected Academic Progress (EAP) level that is equal to or greater than 75% of their degree completion requirements. Graduate students will be charged during their first or subsequent term of enrollment. The fee is applicable to all degree programs including Extended Education programs.

When is the Commencement Fee Due?

The Commencement Fee is considered due when charged and past due if not paid within four calendar days with the exception of early fall term registration when some due dates are extended. Students receiving a financial aid award will have the Commencement Fee automatically deferred until the term's aid disbursement date just like Registration and Tuition Fees. Financial aid can apply/pay this fee.

Is the Commencement Fee Eligible for Financial Aid?

Yes, the Commencement Fee is eligible for financial aid and automatically deferred for financial aid recipients like Registration and Tuition Fees. Students may request additional financial aid consideration to pay the Commencement Fee. The financial aid provided may be additional student or parent loan funds.

Students having difficulty in paying the Commencement Fee may apply for a Cal Poly Cares Emergency Grant showing financial need by completing the application found online at .

Is the Commencement Fee Refundable?

The Commencement Fee is not refundable. If a student does not complete their degree or withdraws from Cal Poly no refunds will be awarded.

If a student withdraws from the same term in which the Commencement Fee is charged and the withdrawal date is before the term start date, the fee will be reversed then re-charged in the next term the student registers. If the withdrawal date is on or after the term start date, the fee does not reverse and is not subject to proration.

Do Fee Waivers or Veteran Benefits Apply to the Commencement Fee?

No, the Commencement Fee is not waived by fee waivers such as Cal Vet Dependent, CSU Employee or Dependents, or Allan Pattee. The Commencement Fee is not included in Registration and Tuition Fees amounts certified for Veteran Benefits.

How Do I Obtain Additional Information About Commencement Ceremonies and Related Services?

For additional information, please visit the Commencement website at or contact the Commencement Office at 805-756-1600 or

What is the Expected Academic Progress (EAP) Policy?

Please visit 'Academic Progress Frequently Asked Questions' at for the answer to this question and additional information about EAP.

Additional Questions or Need Assistance?

Contact Student Accounts at or 805-756-1428. Visit our office in Admin Bldg 01, Room 211.

Important Notice Regarding Fee Amounts

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular quarter has begun. All CSU listed 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 fees 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).

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