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Welcome to the Net Price Calculator

Welcome to Pomona College’s Net Price Calculator.  Pomona is one of the few colleges in the country that is able to accept students based solely on their academic ability rather than their financial situation.  All of Pomona’s institutional aid is awarded based on a family's demonstrated need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.  Pomona is committed to making college affordable for you and your family.

Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, families are now able to apply for financial aid (CSS Profile and FAFSA) using prior year income information.  Both applications are available October 1 and should be completed using 2016 federal income tax information.  Based on the information you enter about your family's financial situation, you will be presented with sample aid eligibility information with the following caveats:

  • Our financial aid program is built on the philosophy that the family (parents and student) have the primary responsibility for paying for college expenses
  • Calculations are based on the parameters for a first year student entering during fall of the most current year.
  • Results are dependent on the accuracy and completeness of the information entered and are intended to provide only a general guide to your eligibility for financial aid. Different colleges have different resources and financial aid policies, so your "net price" may vary from one institution to another.
  • Any calculated award is not guaranteed by Pomona and is meant to be an indication of the aid you may be eligible to receive. Pomona’s Office of Financial Aid is the final authority for determining the family contribution used to determine scholarship eligibility.
  • Eligibility for federal financial aid such as the Pell grant, Suupplement Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and state grant such as the California State Grant or other state aid, is based solely on your FAFSA application and the completion of your state grant application. State grant eligibility is generally determined at the time of your original award.  If added later, the grant will reduce Pomona Scholarship dollar for dollar, not the expected family contribution.
  • This is not an application for financial aid. Your information will not be retained or transmitted to Pomona College in any way.

Even if you're not going to college in the near future, the net price calculator can still be helpful. Younger students and their parents can use this tool to learn about college costs and receive early financial aid information. You can create "what if" scenarios based on expected family income and anticipated expenses, and start to plan and save well before applying to college. For more general information about college planning, visit to learn more about college choice and financing options.

  • Determining Eligibility

    You and your parents have the primary responsibility for paying for college.  Financial aid can bridge the gap between the total costs and your family's demonstrated ability to pay. The Financial Aid Office uses a standard methodology to carefully review your family’s financial circumstances and establish an expected contribution from you and your parents. As you proceed, please keep in mind:

    • This calculator only provides an estimate of need-based aid eligibility; it is not a guarantee of financial aid and is only as accurate as the data provided allows. Pomona does not offer any merit based or athletic awards.
    • The calculator works best if you enter values that reflect your family's true financial picture. You should use the most current year tax return for the best results. The calculator is not designed to calculate contributions for students whose natural parents do not live in the same household because they are divorced, separated, remarried, or never married and live in separate households. Pomona determines both a custodial (the parent with whom the student lives with more than 50% of the year) and non-custodial parent contribution in these cases. You can use the calculator to estimate an expected contribution for each parent by going through the calculation twice.
    • Family contributions and eligible aid vary among colleges according to institutional policies and available resources. Pomona uses the basic guidelines of the College Board's Institutional Methodology to determine eligibility for institutional aid. Families must file the FAFSA to determine eligibility for federal and state grant aid.  This is the only required form to apply for federal financial aid.
    • The Office of Financial Aid is the final arbiter in determining your family contribution. The estimate derived using this calculator should provide a good approximation (if data is entered correctly) but is not a guarantee of aid eligibility.
    • Special circumstances, such as estimated year income due to job loss or reduction, are treated on a case by case basis. This information should be provided to the Financial Aid Office at the time of your application if you wish to have the information considered in the need analysis.

    The Net Price Calculator will only provide accurate results for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents living in the United States.  International students should not use this calculator.   If you have questions about the Net Price Calculator, please send an email to the Office of Financial Aid or call us (909) 621-8205.



Plan and Estimate Your Share of College Costs

Do you qualify? This calculator is a tool that can help you determine how financial aid eligibility is determined at Pomona College. The estimator is meant to be used as a tool for prospective students. It will not provide an accurate estimate for international students or returning students.

Keep in mind the following:

  • This calculator provides estimates of need-based aid. There are no merit-based or athletic awards at Pomona.
  • The contribution estimated here is only as reliable as the data you enter.
  • The family contribution (FC) may vary among colleges according to their own institutional policies. Pomona College uses the basic guidelines of the College Scholarship Service's Institutional Methodology to determine family contributions.The only form required to apply for federal and state financial aid is the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance).
  • Special circumstances are treated on a case by case basis. This information should be communicated in writing directly to the Office of Financial Aid at the time of your application for financial aid.

In the case of divorced or separated parents, you should run separate calculations with each parent’s information. The combination of the two results will be the total expected parent contribution.  You should not include a non custodial parent contribution in the calculator if you plan to run separate calculations.

If you have general questions, concerns, or comments about the Net Price Aid Calculator, please feel free to contact us. However, please note that Pomona College is not equipped to troubleshoot individual technical issues.

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