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.

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

Cal Poly Student Professional Development Fund

The Cal Poly Student Professional Development Fund awards up to $2,500 in scholarship to eligible students to support career exploration, including conference and seminar travel, attending scholarly seminars or symposiums, participating in research initiatives with faculty, and many other extracurricular opportunities related to your major. This fund aims to support applicants who demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office, in attending and participating in a variety of opportunities that could aid their career exploration. Here is more information and the link to apply:

Event Date Time Event Description
Dollar$ and Decision$: Understanding Financial Habits and Behavior


March 13, 2024 

4:00 pm

In-person workshop @ UU219 - dinner provided

Join us for a FREE interactive workshop and DINNER. We will explore the relationship between spending, saving and human behavior. Sponsored by Campus Health and Wellbeing, SESLOC Credit Union, Guardian Scholars and Life Skills.

Register here:

Learn Your Financial ABCs: Accounts, Budget, and Credit Cards


October 25 

4:00 pm

In-person workshop @ UU220 - dinner provided

Come learn about different types of accounts, make a budget, learn how to build credit and more. No matter where you are on your journey to financial independence, this workshop is for you. This event is in collaboration with SESLOC Federal Credit Union and the Life Skills Program of Guardian Scholars.

Register here:

Money Mondays Every Monday 12:00- 1:00pm Join SESLOC and Basic Needs every Monday on the Health Center Lawn for an "Ask Me Anything" session. This is a casual environment to ask any finance questions you have!

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