The college is offering the funds specifically for fees related to changing one’s name.
On Friday, Pomona College announced that it would begin to provide funds for students wanting to change their name or gender on legal documentation; this funding would cover application and document fees.
Dean of Students Avis E. Hinkson sent an email to the student body informing them of the recent policy change, noting that the college would start providing “funds to students wishing to receive assistance with paying for typical application and document fees for changing one’s name and/or gender marker on legal documentation.”
The current cost to legally change a name ranges normally between $200 and $400, but costs around $435 in California with expenses such as court fees. State law normally requires individuals to publish name changes in a local newspaper but has exempted individuals who change names as part of changing the gender marker. There will also be fees involved in changing the name and gender on official state documents like birth certificates and driver licenses.