First Time Transfer

In addition to submitting the CSUN and EOP application to Cal State Apply, the following are required to be considered for EOP Admission:

Review our EOP criteria

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 guidelines described below. 

Income Guidelines

EOP applicants should meet the low income guidelines listed below. Applicants whose total family income exceeds the guidelines may be considered if the expected family contribution (as determined by the Financial Aid Office) 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.

2024-2025 Educational Opportunity Program Income Screening Criteria

Who is counted in Family Size
*Dependent students – student, student’s parent/s and student’s siblings (do not include grandparent/s, cousins, uncles/aunts, etc.)

*Independent students – student, spouse, children (do not include parent/s, nieces/nephews, grandparent/s, etc.) 



Single, No Dependents
Married, No Dependents - Other Than Spouse
With Dependents Other Than a Spouse
  • Income eligibility is based on the 2024-2025 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) formulas for federal student aid.

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.



CSU and CSUN EOP applications open! Apply through Cal State Apply, go to: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Start applying for State and Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA), California Dream Act, and Cal Grants. 

November 30, extended to January 31, 2024

Deadline to submit CSU Application. Apply now at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

January 15

Deadline to submit EOP Application through Cal State Apply

January 31

Deadline to submit EOP Recommendation Forms - make sure to follow-up with your selected recommenders. To confirm that your EOP Recommendation Forms have been submitted, please go back into your Cal State Apply and review their status.

April 2

Priority deadline for FAFSA, California Dream Act, and Cal Grant deadline. The sooner you apply, the sooner your information will be processed!

Required Documents

  • 2 recommendations (on Cal State Apply).  At least one must be from a school official who knows you both academically and personally—professor/instructor, counselor, coach, etc.  The second can be from a professor/instructor, community organization, employer, etc.  Recommendations from friends or family members will not be accepted.

Please note that you are responsible for ensuring that your recommendations have been submitted.

Important information about financial documents

INDEPENDENT Prospective Students will be require to provide a copy of their Tax forms or EOP Financial Verification form along w/ supporting documents.  We may require parents tax forms as well to determine “historically” low-income. 

If you answer NO to ALL of the questions below, then you are considered a DEPENDENT student even if you don’t live with your parents, are not claimed by your parents on their tax forms, or are paying for your own bills and educational expenses. You are required to provide your parents’ financial information.

1. You are 24 years of age or older

2. You are married

3. You have children who receive more than half of their support from you

4. You are currently serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces for purposes other than training

5. You are a veteran of the U.S. armed forces

6. At any time since you turned age 13, were both of your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a ward or dependent of the court?  Submit a Court Dependency letter. If you need assistance locating these documents, call your ILP coordinator (https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/ALL%20Contact%20List%207.12.pdf?ver=2019-07-15-175937-817) or your CA Foster Care Ombudsperson (https://fosteryouthhelp.ca.gov/).

7. You are an emancipated minor or are you in a legal guardianship as determined by a court? Submit copies of Court Documents.

8. You are an unaccompanied youth who is homeless? Submit letter from Shelter or a letter from your school counselor indicating your status as a homeless youth.

Why does CSUN EOP require a financial document?

One of the initial criteria to be considered for EOP at CSUN is to meet the low income guidelines. Submission of federal tax documents (or other financial documents if your household does not, and is not required to, file taxes) is required in order to enable us to determine whether or not a student meets these low-income guidelines. See below for examples.

My Household Files Taxes (Dependent)

This year students attending an interview will be required to upload or mail a complete copy of their parents 2022 Federal Income Tax forms, including Schedule 1, Schedule C, SE or Schedule E (if applicable).

Sample forms:

My Household Does Not File Taxes (Dependent)

If parents don’t file and are not required to file taxes, then you must submit the EOP Income Verification Form along w/ supporting documents (see below).

Supporting documents:

They can also print the SS Benefits by going to: https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/proof-of-benefits.html

Independent Student

Independent students will need to bring a copy of their 2021 federal income taxes, or EOP Income Verification Form w/ supporting documents. 

Supporting documents:

Foster Youth or Ward of Court

If a student is a Foster Youth or Ward of Court, then they need to submit a copy of the Proof of Court Dependency letter.  Foster youth can contact their county ILP to request proof of court dependency, go to:


Transfer Students

Will be require to provide a copy of their Tax forms or EOP Income Verification Form along w/ supporting documents (see below). We may require parents tax forms as well to determine “historically” low-income.


Military: If unemployed and not attending college, proof of military benefits

How to submit your documents:

For security reasons, ONLY students who have scheduled an EOP Admissions Interview should submit documents (for your own peace of mind, please cover or cross out all of the social security numbers except for the last four digits of the applicant’s social security number on all financial documents. Make sure that any bank account information is also covered or crossed out). (include CSUN ID#, First & Last Name, Phone #, Interview Date). 

Frequently Asked Questions

How important are the EOP application and supporting documents?
The EOP application and supporting documents are an important part of the admissions process. We complete a detailed evaluation of each application and make admissions decisions based on the information you provide in conjunction with the minimum requirements, an interview, and your university records.

If I’m in EOPS at my community college, am I automatically in EOP at CSUN?
No. Being in EOPS at the community college does not guarantee admission to CSUN EOP. And, while a recommendation from your EOPS counselor is valuable, all candidates are evaluated based on their fulfillment of the minimum requirements above as well as a detailed evaluation of the EOP application.

What are the differences between EOPS & EOP?
EOP does NOT provide: Book grants/vouchers, priority registration, child care, parking or progress reports.

Withdraw your EOP application

If you would like to formally request that your CSUN EOP application be withdrawn, please complete the form below:


By completing the form, you will no longer be considered for EOP at CSU, Northridge and will not be able to reapply in the future.