Financial Aid

In order to be considered for financial aid, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application. These applications are 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. Due to limited campus program funding, the average EOP award per student varies.

You must file the FAFSA or California Dream Act application as soon as possible beginning 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 or California Dream Act application 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.

Important Note: Application for financial aid is a separate process from the EOP admission process.

Cal Grant

To receive priority consideration for financial aid, you must file the FAFSA according to the instructions between October 1st and March 2nd.

Important Note: March 2nd is also the deadline for applying for a Cal Grant (money for college that does not need to be paid back).

To be considered for a Cal Grant, you must submit the following by March 2nd:

  1. File a FAFSA or California Dream Act application
  2. Submit a verified grade point average (GPA) to the California Student Aid Commission. See your counselor to find out how to submit your GPA. http://www.csac.ca.gov/doc.asp?id=48
  3. The Financial Aid Office of the campus you plan to attend may request other documents from you or your parents, and you should submit those documents as soon as possible.