Established by Bill , the Educational Opportunity Program is designed to provide services to historically low-income, historically educationally disadvantaged, first-generation college students.

5 CSUDH Students

How to Apply:

1. Meet EOP Criteria
2. Meet Income Guidelines
3. Complete CSU and EOP Application
4. Must review upcoming deadlines




Undergraduate students who meet the criteria below are EOP.

Be a first-time freshman

Undergraduate student applying to CSUDH as a freshman.

Be a first-generation college student

Parent(s) have not graduated from a four-year college or university in the United States

Be a California resident

Or qualify for an AB540 non-resident tuition exemption

Meet EOP Income Guidelines

 Historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged undergraduate students



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

Independent Students

 Family SizeMaximum Income
Single, No Dependents1$15,650
Married, No Dependents Other Than Spouse With Dependents Other Than a Spouse2$27,400

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.

Application Instructions (5 steps):

Step 1: Complete the CSU Application by November 30, 2016
• Apply online using our CSU Mentor website
• Pay $55 application fee or submit an Admission Fee Waiver.   

Step 2: Complete the EOP Application by November 30, 2016 • Click here to Complete the EOP Online Application.  

Step 3: Receive an email regarding your application status by March 2017.  

Step 4: Take the EPT/ELM Tests as soon as possible • Take the English Placement Test (EPT)
• Take the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Exam
• Check test dates and information (link)  

Step 5: Apply for Financial Aid (FAFSA), California Dream Act, and Cal Grant deadline. You can apply as early as October, 2016. The sooner you apply the sooner your information will be processed! Priority deadline is March 2, 2017
• Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online
• Contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance



EOP ApplicationNovember 30, 2016
Letters of Recommendation (2)February 17, 2017