Pomona College in Claremont, California, was founded in 1887 and envisioned as “a college of the New England type” where Ivy League would meet the palm trees. Pomona was the founding member of the Claremont Colleges Consortium. Member colleges are all ranked amongst America’s academically elite liberal arts colleges, and comprise 2 post graduate schools, together with the Colleges of Pomona, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Claremont McKenna. Pomona College guarantees campus housing for all students and employment to all students who apply. Claremont is located 35 miles from Los Angeles and just an hour from the Pacific Ocean.
The college offers a generous financial aid package which is not limited by family income. All full time students who demonstrate financial need are eligible to receive aid which is administered through the college. Although the total costs of attending are high at an estimated $53,330 of which $38,087 is tuition, financial aid can make Pomona an affordable option. Currently 53% of the student body receives financial aid. Scholarship aid extends as high as awards of $47,900 which covers the full cost of attending minus the students self help contribution.
There are no merit awards offered by Pomona. Instead all financial awards are based on demonstrated financial need, which is assessed as the difference between the family contribution and the costs of attending. The college considers family assets as well as income, but also recognizes the needs of other children in the family. Some families with incomes above $140,000 receive some financial aid if there are siblings at college too.
Students are expected to contribute towards the costs of attending as self help. The expected student contribution is between $1900 and $2,200 based on summer earnings and savings. All students attending Pomona College have the opportunity if they wish of working on campus. Those students in receipt of financial aid may earn between $1900 and $2,200 through working on campus and this counts as part of their financial aid package. Employment is terminated when a student reaches their allotted work award amount.
In addition to work study the remainder of financial aid awarded is comprised of scholarships and grants. State grants should be utilized and outside scholarships are encouraged. The financial aid which Pomona offers is excellent and not restricted to those students from families on low incomes. The costs of attending should not act as a deterrent as the generous financial aid offered will negate the necessity of accumulating student loans.
Source: Pomona edu.