Financial Wellness

Food Pantry & Basic Needs within Campus Health and Wellbeing is proud to present resources and programming to foster financial wellness among the Cal Poly Community.

Financial Resources

Cal Poly Cares Grants

Cal Poly Cares Grants provide limited financial assistance to currently enrolled Cal Poly students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an unexpected situation. The grant is designated to offset a short-term financial need and is not intended to replace or supplement financial aid. It is recommended students read through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) prior to submitting an application. Funds are awarded as a grant, and unlike a loan, do not need to be repaid. Learn more about applying for CP Cares Grant, including a link to the online application: 

Cal Poly Financial Aid: FAFSA

Professional Clothing Closet

Many Cal Poly students lack the resources they need to be successful. To support our students, Career Services maintains a Clothing Closet to provide students with free, high-quality work clothes to create a memorable first impression at career fairs and interviews. Go to Career Services to learn more and schedule an appointment to stop by today!

Cash Course

Cash Course provides online financial education courses for students to explore at times that work for them. Check the website to learn more:

Cal Poly Low Income Tax Clinic

The Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) began operating in 2010 through the generosity of Chevron Corporation and a grant from the Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer Advocate Service. It is located on campus in the Orfalea College of Business and supports Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy. Check out the website here

Making Money Moves Financial Wellness Education

Stay Tuned for 2023-2024 workshops. You can see our past offerings below!

Event Date Time Event Description
Learn Your Finance ABCs: Accounts, Budget, and Credit Cards Thursday, February 2 4:00 pm

In-person workshop - dinner provided

In Partnership with SESLOC local credit union, come learn essential skills for managing your personal finance in this interactive workshop!

Register here: 

Financial Fridays Every Friday 12- 1pm Join SESLOC and Basic Needs every Friday on the Health Center Lawn for an "AMA" casual environment to ask any finance questions you have - we've got answers! 

Stay Fed and  Stay Ahead                        

Tuesday, October 11                          

3:10 pm

Learn tips for efficient and guilt-free grocery shopping, budgeting best practices, and the know-how to navigate Cal Poly. We'll discuss how to work meal time into a busy class schedule, which campus markets accept CalFresh, and off-campus SLO shopping suggestions- stop by this workshop for tips to *stay fed and stay ahead!
Putting the BASIC in Basic Needs Friday, October 28 1:10pm

In Person Workshop - Lunch provided 

Learn the "basics" of Basic Needs support at Cal Poly to feel empowered to seek resources if you need it, or be an ambassador of the program ready to help out your fellow Mustangs in need. 

Know your rights! Tax help for Students & Immigrants Thursday, November 17 5:10pm

In partnership with Cal Poly's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, come and learn the basics for a successful tax season - with special focus on students, immigrants, and mixed-status families.


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