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.


I was wait-listed.  What should I do now?

We encourage you to focus on choosing the best fit college from those who have offered you admission. Wait lists are uncertain, so it is best not to pin your hopes on a college that has not offered you admission yet. If you are not admitted to Pomona College off of the wait list, we encourage you to embrace your admission to another college and fully commit to the experience of being a student there. If you remain interested in Pomona, submit your Wait List Offer Response form and send us an email later in April once you’ve had the chance to process your choices. There won't be any wait list news until early-to-mid May. Once the class is full, we will notify all students who remain on the wait list.

Learn more about the wait list.


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.

Apply online: School Code 4607
Noncustodial PROFILE (if applicable)
November 1 February 1 March 1 April 15
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
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.