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The Educational Opportunity Program assists first-generation, historically low-income students with admission to the University. Students must apply to EOP before they begin their first term at CSUB.
Who is eligible for EOP?
Students must meet two criteria to be considered for EOP. We look at parent education level and parent/family income from all sources. For parent education, if either parent earned a Bachelor's degree or better, you would be ineligible for EOP. Please make sure you meet these two criteria before you apply. For parent/family income, please consult the table below.
Fall 2016 EOP Income Guidelines
Applying to the Educational Opportunity Program is easy!
When you apply to CSUB or any CSU campus on the CSUMentor website, the application asks on question 39 if you are interested in the Educational Opportunity Program. Click "yes" on this option. Once you complete your application for admission, you are asked if you want to complete your EOP application. Follow the links to the EOP application and complete the entire application--simply checking the box in the undergraduate application doesn't make you eligible for EOP.
PRIORITY FILING DEADLINE for EOP at CSUB is November 30th. Though the website lists a deadline of March 2nd, this is the last day the EOP at CSUB will accept supplementary paperwork or parts of incomplete applications. We assign priority to COMPLETE EOP applications, not just the Applicant Information Form. A complete application is described below:
When you apply to EOP, there are four major sections; each is equally important. The first section gives us your contact information, and it helps us determine your history of economic disadvantage and parent income and education levels. The second part is your Autobiographical Statement--this is where we learn about you. You share with us your previous challenges and where you want your education at CSUB to lead. The last two sections are individual Recommendation Forms, each filled out by a different teacher, counselor, administrator, or employer who knows you well. With these four sections intact, you'll have a complete application!
Students should also fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive financial aid for the year you plan to attend. Visit fafsa.ed.gov to complete your FAFSA.
If you have any questions about who counts as a "parent" on your FAFSA or EOP application, please check out the infographic here.
Good news for transfers! In the place of the two recommendations, we ask that you bring, mail, or fax a verification of your prior EOP&S or EOP status from your original institution. These forms are quick to fill out and typically sent to us by your prior EOP or EOPS office. The fax number for EOP verifications is 661-654-6971, and the mailing address isEOP Admissions, CSU Bakersfield 23 AE 9001 Stockdale Hwy Bakersfield, CA 93311
If you have any questions regarding the application process, please feel free to call the EOP Admissions unit at 661-654-2276 or Rocky Maraccini, the EOP Admissions and Retention Coordinator, at 661-654-3219.