EOP applicants must be highly motivated, historically low-income, educationally disadvantaged, first-generation college 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.
2019-2020 EOP Family Income Guidelines
Single, No Dependents
Married, No Dependents - Other Than Spouse
With Dependents Other Than a Spouse
EOP applicants should meet the low-income guidelines listed below and demonstrate the 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 if their parent's contribution does not exceed $1,500. These guidelines are intended to identify and give priority to the most financially needy applicants.
For independent students with dependents other than, or in addition to, a spouse, use the income for the appropriate family size in the Dependent Student Category.
These guidelines reflect an income level that will generate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of approximately $1,500. For dependent applicants, this contribution is based solely on the parental income and does not take into account any parental assets nor does it assume any contribution from the student's income or assets. For independent applicants, the contribution is based strictly on income with no consideration of available savings or other assets.
Because of the simplified nature of the income guidelines, it is possible that applicants who satisfy the preliminary income screening for EOP may not demonstrate need for purposes of student financial aid program eligibility. Dependent applicants whose parents have significant assets and who themselves have income and/or savings will be subject to higher contributions than that derived simply from the parent's income. Independent students with savings or other assets will also be subject to higher contributions.
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 expected family contribution (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 $900. You must file the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, and before the California financial aid priority filing date of March 2. 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.
After your FAFSA is processed, you will be provided with a Student Aid Report (SAR). You should review the SAR carefully in the event it is necessary to correct any information.
Application for financial aid is a separate process from the EOP admission process.
To receive priority consideration for financial aid, you must file the FAFSA according to the instructions prior to March 2. March 2 is also the deadline for applying for a Cal Grant (money for college that does not need to be paid back). Filing a FAFSA and submitting a verified grade point average (GPA) to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2 will enable you to be considered for a Cal Grant. See your counselor to find out how to submit your GPA. The campus Financial Aid Office may request other documents from you or your parents, and you should submit those documents as soon as possible.