Income Guidelines

EOP applicants must meet the preliminary low-income screening guidelines listed in the table 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 disadvantaged students but to identify and give priority to the most financially needy applicants.

2017-2018 EOP Family Income Guidelines*

Dependent Students

Family SizeMaximum Income
2$36,200
3$40,700
4$47,100
5$53,200
6$60,200
7$65,500
8$70,700


Independent Students

 Family SizeMaximum Income
Single, No Dependents1$15,650
Married, No Dependents Other Than Spouse With Dependents Other Than a Spouse2$27,400
 2$46,700
 3$53,500
 4$63,200
 5$72,300
 6$82,400
 7$90,200
 8$98,000

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.