picture of EOP Students


1. Complete the Cal State Application for Undergraduate Admissions at www.csumentor.edu Check "yes" in the EOP section asking if you are interested in EOP. Complete the necessary EOP Supplemental information. Please Note: this only indicates interest in EOP and does not apply you for the program. There is a separate EOP application that must be completed.

2. Complete an EOP application at www.csumentor.edu by clicking the Apply Online tab and the EOP link. You will be asked to provide the names and e-mail addresses of two teachers or counselors who can recommend you for EOP. They will be sent the recommendation questions by e-mail and can submit their answers online.

3. Sumit Sonoma State Supplimental Form, found in the Menu options under Resource heading. All these 3 items will be required to have your EOP Application competed to be reviewed. Any item missing will be considered incomplete.

The following is a video series on how to fill out the EOP online application. If you do not have access to a computer and/or internet connection, you can download the EOP Application in PDF format and mail the application instead.

CSUMentor link to online CSU and EOP Applications: www.csumentor.edu
EOP Booklet and PDF version for paper applicaiton >>Application<<


Who is eligible to apply for EOP?

California residents and eligible AB 450 students who meet the income eligibility index and are a first generation college student can apply for EOP. However, due to space and resource limitations, not all eligible students will be selected for EOP.


EOP Family Income Guidelines

Dependent Students Independent Students
Family Size Max Total Parental Income   Family Size Max Total Parental Income
2 $35,800 Single, No Dependants 1 $15,250
3 $40,200
4 $46,500 Married, No Dependants Other than Spouse 2 $26,800
5 $52,600
6 $59,400
7 $64,600 With Dependents Other Than a Spouse 2 $46,100
8 $69,700
3 $52,900
4 $62,300
5 $71,300
6 $81,300
7 $88,900
8 $96,500

These guidelines reflect an income level that will generate an Expected Familiy Contribution (EFC) of approximately $1,500. For the purpose 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. Link to income guidelines: http://www.csumentor.edu/planning/eop/income.asp


Financial Assistance

EOP students who qualify for financial aid may receive an EOP grant. To be considered, you must apply for financial aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application. Apply as soon as possible after January 1 of the preceding school year, and before the CSU financial aid priority filing date of March 2 of the preceding school year. 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 before these deadlines.

Application for financial aid is a separate process from the EOP admission process. For additional information about financial aid, please see a financial aid counselor.

Selection procedure

Once your EOP file is complete, it will be reviewed carefully by a campus selection committee. The committee will consider such factors as disadvantaged background, financial need, academic performance, motivation, and potential for success in college. The committee may also look for any contribution that you have made or intend to make to your community, work experience, or the career you wish to pursue. Be sure to complete all forms accurately and assist the committee in understanding your academic preparation and motivation.