Who May Apply

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 (2013). 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.

2016-2017 EOP Family Income Guidelines**

You are considered INDEPENDENT if any of the following apply to you:

  1. are 24 years old or older
  2. have dependents (i.e. children)
  3. are married
  4. a military veteran
  5. a documented foster youth.

Otherwise you are considered dependent and must provide a copy of your parent/ legal guardian's 1040 taxes form.


If taxes were not filed, you must complete and submit the EOP Income Verification Form (For MSWord files, download Microsoft Word Viewer if needed.)

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Dependent Students
Family Size Maximum Income
2 $35,600
3 $40,100
4 $46,400
5 $52,400
6 $59,300
7 $64,400
8 $69,500

Independent Students
  Family Size Maximum Income
Single, No Dependents 1 $15,400
Married, No Dependents Other Than Spouse 2 $27,000
With Dependents Other Than a Spouse 2 $46,000
  3 $52,700
  4 $62,200
  5 $71,100
  6 $81,100
  7 $88,800
  8 $96,400

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/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.

Financial Assistance

Students seeking admission to EOP are required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the CAL Dream Act via California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), if student is AB 540. This form is 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.  You must file the FAFSA or the Dream Act as soon as possible after January 1, and before the CSU financial aid priority filing date of March 2 of every year.

EOP grants will be awarded so long as funds are available and administered through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application for financial aid is a separate process from the EOP admission process. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid.

AB 540 Students

If you are an undocumented or AB 540 students coming to SDSU in Fall of 2015, we encourage you to apply for to EOP. You must follow the same EOP application process and deadlines as all EOP applicants.

To apply for EOP, applicants need to submit a CSU admission application on www.CSUMentor.edu, during the specified application period. Right before the end of the application you will see “Are you interested in applying to EOP?” Select YES* and then in the next page you will follow a link to begin the online EOP Application.

*Marking yes is just the first step in applying to EOP; you must complete and submit your EOP application and proof of income.


Mailing address:
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8222
Attn: EOP Admissions Unit



SDSU EOP Fax Number: (619) 594-5245