Funding Summary

Cal Poly Pomona prides itself on providing a quality education that is distinguished by its hallmark learn-by-doing approach. However, excellence comes at a price. Cal Poly Pomona must increase outside support to ensure it can deliver on its academic mission for generations to come.

Support from the state’s general fund in 2012-13 declined 6.6 percent from the previous year, though voter approval of Proposition 30 signals an end to steep year-over-year cuts, as was the case during the Great Recession. The following tables and graphs show where Cal Poly Pomona received its funding and how voluntary contributions were applied.

Sources of Funding

  2011-2012 2012-2013
State General Fund $ 96,644,062 $ 90,251,442
Student Tuition & Fees $ 81,728,077 $ 83,022,658
Investment Income (state) $ 1,772,488 $ 2,577,631
Lottery $ 2,710,632 $ 1,731,000
Research Contracts and Grants $ 14,329,802 $ 10,490,206
Voluntary Contribution of Gifts $ 16,435,369 $ 19,629,243
Auxiliary Support $ 7,765,766 $ 7,088,343
Investment and Endowment Income -$ 222,959 $ 7,988,371
TOTAL $ 221,163,237 $ 222,778,894

Distribution of $19.6 Million in Voluntary Contributions

Supporters helped build the success of Cal Poly Pomona’s programs with $19.6 million generated in voluntary contributions and gifts in 2012-13 — an increase of nearly 20 percent from the previous year. This figure includes non-cash donations but does not include pledges and bequests. The following information (based on the university’s Voluntary Support of Education report) shows how these gifts were put to use:

Capital and Endowment Purposes $ 10,750,849
Academic Support $ 1,613,004
Student Financial Aid $ 653,505
Operation and Maintenance $ 258,791
Other* $ 6,353,094
TOTAL $ 19,629,243

Pie Graph of the Distribution of $19.6 in Voluntary Contributions

* Other is a combination of less common areas, such as unrestricted funds, athletics, public service, etc.

State Support - Halting the Decline

The 23-campus California State University gained a financial reprieve in November 2012 when voters approved Proposition 30. The action staved off $12 million more in cuts at Cal Poly Pomona and rescinded a $166-perquarter tuition fee increase that was already in place. CSU trustees have requested $237.6 million in additional funding for the 2014-15 fiscal year, nearly $100 million more than the amount Gov. Jerry Brown proposed. Even if the full amount of new funding were approved, the CSU budget would remain 25 percent below what it received six years ago.

Pie Graph of Declining State Support

Voluntary Gifts Year-by-Year Comparison

Cal Poly Pomona raised $19.6 million in 2012-2013. The following chart provides a year-by-year comparison of gifts to the university. Pledges and bequests are counted separately.

Bar Graph of Voluntary Gifts Year-by-Year Comparison

Need-Based Undergraduate Aid Year-by-Year Comparison

Nearly two-thirds of the university’s students (63%) rely on financial aid to achieve their goal of a college education. The following chart shows the amount of aid provided to undergraduates who qualify based on financial need. It includes scholarships, government aid and student loans.

Bar Graph of Need-Based Undergraduate Aid Year-by-Year Comparison

Institutional Financial Aid Year-by-Year Comparison

Cal Poly Pomona provides financial aid to students, often in the form of scholarships.
They can be need-based as well as non-need-based.

Bar Graph of Institutional Financial Aid Year-by-Year Comparison