Pomona College has always been a place where only ability, promise, and character matter, and the commitment to making education available to those most able to benefit from it is a vital part of who we are. That’s why when Pomona admits a student it does so solely on the basis of talent and potential. It is only after admission that financial circumstances are considered.
This equity in policy safeguards one of the central aspects of a Pomona education: the diversity of our student body. That diversity—socioeconomic, racial, geographic, cultural, and experiential—is one of the factors that make campus life key to the Pomona experience.
Pomona is one of a handful of prestigious institutions fortunate to keep this promise to its students. Each year, more than half have demonstrated need, ranging from a few thousand dollars to the full cost of attendance – and the average scholarship is now more than $36,000 per year. As state and federal aid plummets, the College’s supporters continue to step forward and help make up the difference.
Today, more than 90 percent of all aid to Pomona students comes from College sources, with endowed scholarships providing about half. To meet this need, the total amount of student aid provided by Pomona has expanded by more than $1 million in each of the past seven years, and it will almost certainly continue to grow in the years to come.
To strengthen Pomona on the global stage, the College also seeks endowed scholarships to increase what is now limited financial aid available to international students. To extend to those of modest means the same opportunities we afford to lower-income domestic students requires a significant increase in the amount of permanent endowment support set aside for that purpose – but the results will be tangible and far-reaching.