A Commitment to Need-Based Financial Aid

Pomona College is one of a handful of institutions which practice need-blind admissions and provide need-based financial aid.  We actively encourage all qualified applicants to consider Pomona, regardless of whether they can afford the full cost of attending. Alumni and other donors continue to support the tradition of access and affordability with generous contributions to the endowment and current use funds which allow us to maintain our long-standing financial aid program. Any family who feels they may need help paying for a Pomona education is welcome to apply for aid. If admitted, applicants can be confident that their full financial need as determined by Pomona's aid office will be met.

Pomona's financial aid is awarded solely based on need; there are no merit scholarships. We consider an applicant's talents and achievements only in relation to admission. Academic and athletic merits are not considered when awarding aid. Need is determined through a careful review of each family's individual financial circumstances.  Personal attention is given to every admitted student's aid application. We also take into account special circumstances, and use experience and judgment in determining aid awards. The full need of every admitted student is met for all four years, based on information that we receive from your family each year, through grants and a campus job.  No student is required to take a loan to meet the cost of attending Pomona. Still, some families may consider loans to help finance the expected family contribution. 

Prospective students applying for financial aid should refer to our Application Deadlines for a comprehensive list of required materials and deadlines. The FAFSA is a free form that determines eligibility for federal aid; the CSS Profile (a fee based application) helps us to determine eligibility for Pomona financial aid.

Enrolled Pomona students should refer to Understanding Your Financial Aid [pdf] to review Pomona's Financial Aid policies and procedures for the current year.