EOP applicants must be highly motivated, historically low-income, come from underrepresented communities, and first generation students (parents have not completed a four-year college degree, siblings do not count). EOP applicants must also meet the income-criteria described below.
EOP applicants must meet the preliminary family income guidelines listed below and demonstrate their family is unable to provide an annual contribution of more than $1,500 toward their college expenses. Applicants whose total family income exceeds the guidelines may be considered only if their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for financial aid purposes does not exceed $1,500. These guidelines are not intended to exclude economically disadvantaged students, but to identify and give priority to the most financially needy applicants.
2016-2017 EOP Family Income Guidelines
Single, No Dependents
Married, No Dependents - Other Than Spouse
With Dependents Other Than a Spouse
These guidelines reflect an income level that will generate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of approximately $1,500. For purposes of these guidelines, the approximate contribution for dependent applicants is based solely on the parental income and does not take into account any parental assets nor does it assume any contribution from the applicant’s income or assets. For independent applicants, the guidelines are based strictly on income with no consideration of available savings or other assets.
*Guidelines are based on the formulas used to determine the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for federal student financial aid.
If you are applying for financial aid, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is used to determine the EFC and allows the campus financial aid office to determine financial aid eligibility and consider the student for an EOP grant for up to $2,000 per year. However, due to limited campus program funding, the average award per student is $825. You must file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, 2016, and before the California financial aid priority filing date of March 2, 2016. EOP grants will be awarded only as long as funds are available. You will have a better chance of receiving an EOP grant and other financial aid for which you are eligible if you apply as soon as possible.
For students, without legal immigration status, who qualify for an AB 540/2000 nonresident tuition exemption, you may file for state- and institutional-funded financial aid by filing a California Dream Act Application at www.CalDreamAct.org. Like the FAFSA, you must file the Dream application as soon as possible after January 1, 2016, and by the California financial aid priority filing deadline of March 2, 2016.