Only historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged undergraduate students who need admission assistance or support services to succeed in college are admitted to EOP. They must demonstrate academic potential and motivation, be California residents or be classified as AB 540 students, and meet the income criteria stated below.
To be considered for EOP, applicants should indicate "Yes" in the EOP section of the CSU Admission Application www.csumentor.edu.* After you submit your SDSU application a link will appear for the EOP application. In addition to the EOP Online Application, students ensure two EOP Recommendation Forms are submitted. The recommenders should not be friends or family but individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic potential, i.e. teacher, counselor, etc. As part of the online application you will enter the email addresses of the two designated recommenders. This will send the recommendation form to them. Once completed, the recommender submits online via CSU Mentor (XAP). The final step in the application process is proof of family income. Dependent students are asked to mail or fax a copy of their parents/legal guardian 1040 tax form from the previous year (2015). Please write the applicant’s SDSU RED ID number on the upper right corner of the 1040 form. See below for mailing and fax information.
Please check with each individual EOP office at each and every CSU you are applying to for their supplementary requirements and deadlines.
EOP Income Criteria
EOP applicants must meet the preliminary income screening guidelines listed in the table below and demonstrate that they and/or 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) does not exceed $1,500.
These guidelines are not intended to exclude economically disadvantaged students but to identify and give priority to applicants with the most financial need.
2015-2016 EOP Family Income Guidelines*
You are considered INDEPENDENT if any of the following apply to you:
- are 24 years old or older
- have dependents (i.e. children)
- are married
- a military veteran
- a documented foster youth.
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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/guardian income and does not take into account any parental/guardian's 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 or available savings or other assets.
**Guidelines are based on the formulas used to determine the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for federal student financial aid.