EOP | 20/20 Questions & Ansers

The CSU Educational Opportunity Program formally began in March 1969, and continues to provide access, academic support services, and grants for regular and special admission students from low-income backgrounds who display potential for success in the CSU.

In an effort to inform counselors, teachers, and students interested in EOP, this document includes responses to frequently asked questions.

1. Q: What is the function of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)?

A: The primary goal of the Cal State L.A. EOP is to provide low-income students with access to higher education and help them succeed academically.

2. Q: What services does EOP offer?

A: Typical services provided by Cal State L.A. EOP include, but are not limited, to outreach, pre-admission counseling, diagnostic testing, financial aid follow-up, welcome/info session, tutoring, learning skills development, learning communities, and Transfer and Summer Bridge Programs.

3. Q: What type of students does EOP look for?

A: An EOP student may be an exception for regularly admissible students who is from a historically low-income background and has the potential to succeed at the university level, but who has not been able to realize her/his potential because of economic, educational, or environmental background. Such students may be eligible for admission to Cal State L.A. campus through the EOP.

4. Q. Who is eligible for EOP consideration?

A. The following eligibility criteria are specified in the CSU Educational Opportunity Program’s Regulations and Guidelines.

An EOP student:

  • must have a history of low-family income
  • must be enrolled on full-time basis (part-time attendance requires program director’s approval).
  • is an undergraduate pursuing her/his first bachelor’s degree.
  • is a California resident, as defined by the CSU Board of trustees and/or the state of California.
  • needs admission assistance as an exception, or meets regular admission requirements, and will require a full range of academic support services to succeed.

5. Q. Will a student who does not need financial aid still qualify for EOP?

A.  Probably not. However, while family income is a major consideration, the decision for admission is not made entirely on the basis of financial need. If the applicant is also academically underprepared, this and other factors will be taken into consideration.

6. Q. Will regularly admissible applicants be considered for EOP?

A. Yes. EOP can admit regularly admissible students if they require the full range of EOP academic support services to succeed at the University.

7. Q. How do I apply for EOP?

A. Submit the undergraduate admission application electronically at www.csumentor.edu. It is essential that applicants interested in applying to EOP select “yes” on screen 10, and then complete and submit the EOP application.

8. Q. Along with the undergraduate application, what forms are required for admission into EOP?

A. Forms include:
•Applicant Information for ­– You can complete this form online at www.csumentor.edu when you complete the undergraduate application.
• Two recommendation forms are required. References listed on the application will  receive an e-mail.
• Send unofficial copies of transcripts directly to the EOP office.

9. Q. Are only ethically diverse students admitted through the EOP?

A. No. Any student who has a history of low family income, is in need of academic assistance, and meets other program admission criteria may be admitted through EOP.

10. Q. Should students interested in EOP submit Applications for admission to several CSU campuses?

A. Yes. It is recommended that students apply to their first and second choice campuses.

11. Q. If a student is denied admission through EOP, what happens next?

A.  A student who is denied admission through EOP who is:
• Academically eligible for regular admission, as determined by the CSU eligibility index, is referred to the Admissions Office for regular admission.
• Not eligible for regular admission may be referred to a community college.

12. Q. How does the EOP determine who is accepted into the program?

A. students are evaluated based upon motivation, past academic performance, need for services, and potential for success in college.

A committee reviews and evaluates completed applications. In addition to committee review, all exception admit applicants are also reviewed.

Once evaluations and interviews have been completed, the recommendations of the committee are given to the EOP director for admittance or denial.

13. Q. Do students in community college EOP&S programs automatically qualify for Cal State L.A.’s Educational Opportunity Program?

A. No. At Cal State L.A., the students must be regularly admissible to the University as well as submit an EOP application. Special consideration will be given to EOP&S students in an effort to enhance the transfer and graduation rates of these students.

14. Q. Once a student is admitted to the University through the EOP, are there counselors available to assist in selecting and registering for classes?

A. Yes. Students are sent a letter of acceptance from the EOP that includes their counselor’s contact information. The students are encouraged to contact the counselor as soon as they hear from the EOP office. All students are required to attend the EOP Welcome and the University Orientation (only Summer Bridge students are exempt from the University Orientation).

15. Q. Do EOP applicants automatically qualify for University Application Fee Waiver?

A. No. Applicants must demonstrate financial need to be considered for a fee waiver. Determination of eligibility is made by an appropriate campus designee based on a review of the applicant’s fee waiver application information.

16. Q. Are EOP students automatically eligible for an EOP grant or other financial aid?

A. No. EOP students may be eligible to receive an EOP grant if they qualify for financial aid. Students must complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Cal Grant grade point verification form, and other documents as required by the Center for Students Financial Services.

17. Q.  Should students apply through EOP to be considered for financial assistance (grants work/study and loans)?

A. Definitely not. All applicants to Cal State L.A. who submit the required documents to the Center for student Financial Aid will be considered for financial aid if they are admitted to the University. Financial aid is awarded on the basis of individual need. However, EOP grants are available to EOP students, who are determined to be eligible to receive financial aid.

18. Q. Is the EOP able to accommodate all students who do not meet regular admission criteria?

A. No.  Current CSU admission policy limits the number of students admitted as exceptions to a small percentage of the total number of undergraduate students admitted. EOP receives at least four times as many applications as it is able to admit by exception.

19. Q. Is there a central office at Cal State L.A. where EOP materials can be submitted?
A. Yes. EOP application forms and school transcripts should be sent directly to the EOP admissions office, located in the Students Affairs Building, room 214.

20. Q. Can Cal State L.A. students apply to EOP once they have enrolled?

A. No. EOP is an admission and retention program. Students must be evaluated and admitted to EOP before they begin classes.