November 28, 2017 

Pomona College Announces Change to Score Reporting Policy

Pomona College is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, first-year and transfer applicants may self-report their test scores when applying for admission.

This change in application procedure applies to individuals who have applied or intend to apply for Fall 2018 entry to the College. All required test scores can be self-reported via the Common Application or the Coalition Application.

Enrolling students will be required to submit official test scores from the respective testing agencies or a designated school official after confirming their enrollment at Pomona College. Discrepancies between self-reported and official test scores may affect a student’s offer of admission and place in the class.

Pomona will continue to accept official score reports as well. Please email us at admissions@pomona.edu with any questions or concerns.

This policy applies to all testing required to complete an application.

Pomona College has a long history of promoting access and equity in higher education. Application fee waivers initiatives, a generous need-based, no-loan financial aid program, and long-standing support of undocumented and DACA students has the allowed Pomona to be a national leader in promoting college access.

2018-19 Early Decision I and QuestBridge Finalist Applicants for Financial Aid

The CSS Profile and IDOC student portal have been experiencing intermittent outages since Thursday, October 26, that have affected some applicants. The College Board is working to address the issue as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, our Office of Financial Aid will be accommodating applicants affected by these technical difficulties by giving them extra time to submit financial aid application materials. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid with any concerns or questions

A Message for Victims of Recent Natural Disasters

Recent hurricanes and fires, as well as earthquakes in Mexico, have had a destructive impact on so many. The Pomona community has reacted with sadness and concern. The Office of Admissions extends its sympathies to those affected and offers support in the application process to those suffering through this uncertain time.  Read more about unforeseen events.

Free SAT Registration and CSS Profile Fee Waiver for Hurricane Impacted Students

The College Board offers free test registrations and CSS Profile Fee Waivers to students affected by recent hurricanes.

The College Board has announced free test registrations and CSS Profile Fee Waivers for hurricane-impacted students in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

The College Board is offering a free October SAT registration, and a CSS Profile fee waiver to students who are experiencing hardship and/or displacement due to Hurricane Harvey and are in an area designated by FEMA. 

Announcing its support of students and families affected by Hurricane Irma, the College Board is also offering a free November SAT registration and a CSS Profile fee waiver for those students in affected areas. For more information about these considerations, visit the College Board’s announcement

Pomona College Announcement on ACT Administration Cancellations, September 9, 2017

The Office of Admissions at Pomona College is aware that the administration of the ACT on September 9, 2017 has been cancelled at some international test centers in various locations due to a security breach. Affected students will receive instructions from ACT on how to reschedule their test. Please note that the test will occur in the United States and all other sites unless students were notified otherwise.

If you plan to apply for admission to Pomona, please be aware that the last possible ACT testing dates are September (for Early Decision I) or December (for Early Decision II and Regular Decision). If you were registered for this ACT administration at an impacted test center, and your application will be negatively affected, please email us at admissions@pomona.edu.

Students impacted by Hurricane Harvey: Pomona offers support and flexibility

Pomona extends its deep sympathies to colleagues, students and communities in Texas and Louisiana who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. We understand that school closures, test cancellations, financial uncertainty and concerns for safety and security are creating extremely difficult conditions for many students who are applying to college this year. Pomona pledges to show flexibility to students whose communities have been and continue to be affected by the storm.

To best serve students, families and schools, we encourage individuals to contact us directly with questions or concerns about application fee waivers, deadline extensions, financial aid documents and any other issues that may arise. Feel welcome to email or call us directly at (909) 621-8134.

Pomona is pleased to offer MyinTuition

Pomona is one of 15 colleges that have launched a new, user-friendly online college cost calculator called MyinTuition. This tool, available on our website, asks the user six quick questions about their finances, such as annual income and home ownership status. No personal information such as name or social security number is required, so the tool is anonymous. The average user spends three minutes to enter information and yield a result: an estimate of how much college will really cost.

In a recent New York Times article about MyinTuition (“College, Cheaper Than You Think, April 19, 2017) David Leonhardt notes that “The widespread misimpression about the cost of college causes real damage. It leads many middle-class and lower-income families to believe, incorrectly, that college is unaffordable. When they respond by discouraging their child from attending or finishing college, they hurt the child’s long-term economic prospects.”

In keeping with the College’s commitment to making a world-class education accessible to all qualified students regardless of their economic circumstances, Pomona is pleased to offer this new and easy financial aid tool. Our financial aid policies are a point of pride. Pomona is one of a handful of institutions committed to both need-blind admissions and to meeting 100% of the demonstrated need of every student admitted. Over half of our students receive need-based financial aid.

MyinTuition was developed by Phillip Levine, a Wellesley College economist, and it is currently in use by 15 colleges, including Wellesley, Pomona, Columbia, Dartmouth, and the University of Virginia.

Pres. Oxtoby's message of support for transgender and non-binary students

Yesterday afternoon, the Departments of Justice and Education released a statement rescinding previous guidance around protections for transgender students under Title IX, and stating that rights for transgender people should be decided at a state level.  This decision is deeply disturbing...We want to be absolutely clear; our community will not tolerate discrimination against transgender and non-binary people anywhere at the College.

Pres. Oxtoby's message to the Pomona College community regarding recent executive orders

Pres. Oxtoby offers support to members of the Pomona College community who are being targeted or made to feel vulnerable because of their religion, immigration status, or country of origin.

 

What You Need to Know about the 2017–18 FAFSA and CSS PROFILE APPLICATION:  What’s changing for 2017–18?

Starting with the 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), these changes will be in effect:

  • You’ll be able to submit your FAFSA® earlier. You can file your 2017-18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling you to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.
  • You’ll use earlier income and tax information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA and CSS PROFILE, you—and your parent(s), as appropriate—will report your 2015 income and tax information, rather than your 2016 income and tax information. Assets will be reported at the time of application.
  • The CSS PROFILE will remain the primary application to apply for institutional financial aid. The date this form will become available remains the same, October 1.

How will the changes benefit students and families?

We expect that you’ll benefit in these ways:

  • Since both forms will ask for older income and tax information, you will already have done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA and CSS PROFILE, and you won’t need to estimate your tax information and then go back later to update the information..
  • Since you’ll already have done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, you may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to automatically import your tax information into your FAFSA. This could reduce additional information requests if you are selected for federal verification.
  • With the FAFSA available earlier, you may feel less pressure due to having more time to explore and understand your financial aid options and apply for aid before your state’s and schools’ deadlines.

Will Pomona's financial aid deadlines be earlier since the application is launching earlier?

No. Pomona will continue to use the same application deadlines for new and returning students.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENT EARLY DECISION I EARLY DECISION II REGULAR DECISION / TRANSFER RENEWAL
CSS PROFILE
Apply online: School Code 4607
Noncustodial PROFILE (if applicable)
November 1 February 1 March 1 April 15
FAFSA
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents must complete the FAFSA to be considered for federal and state aid programs.
November 1 February 1 March 1 April 15
Federal Tax Documents/Verification of Income
Submit the most recent U.S. tax form, Forms W-2 and schedules used to file the Federal Tax Return.
November 1 February 1 March 1 April 15
Certification of Finances
(International)
November 1 February 1 March 1 April 15

Can I choose to report 2016 information if my family's financial situation has changed since our 2015 taxes were filed?

No. You must report the information the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE asks for. If your family’s income has changed substantially since the 2015 tax year, you will want to submit a letter of special circumstances directly to the Office of Financial Aid either via the CSS PROFILE or via mail.

Note: Both FAFSA and CSS PROFILE ask for marital status as of the day you fill out the form. If your parents are married now but weren’t in 2015 (and therefore didn’t file taxes as married), you’ll need to add both parents’ income to your FAFSA and CSS PROFILE. Similarly, if your parents filed their 2015 taxes as married but are no longer married when you fill out the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE, you’ll need to exclude the other parent’s income on the FAFSA. The CSS Profile will ask for the second parent’s income/asset information on a Non-Custodial Parent PROFILE.

Will I receive an aid offer earlier if I apply earlier?

Not necessarily. Some schools will make offers earlier while others won’t. If you’re thinking of transferring to another school, you might want to look at the College Scorecard at collegescorecard.ed.gov to compare costs at different schools while you wait for your aid offers to arrive.

Note: You should be aware that the maximum Federal Pell Grant for 2017–18 won’t be known until early 2017, so keep in mind that, even if you do receive an aid offer early, it could change due to various factors.