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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.

There are no opportunities to apply to EOP after your first term in attendance.

Who is eligible for EOP?

Students must meet two criteria to be considered for EOP.  We look at parent education level and total, combined 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. If you are under age 24, in most cases you will use the Dependent guidelines.

EOP-2022 Income Guidelines


Applying to the Educational Opportunity Program is easy! 

When you apply to CSUB or any CSU campus on the website, you will be asked if you are interested in applying to the Educational Opportunity Program.  Click "yes" in response to the question. Complete all of the subsequent EOP autobiographical questions in order to finish and submit your application--simply checking the "yes" box does not complete your EOP application.

Please be thorough in your open-ended responses to the autobiographical questions--the more detail you include, the easier it is for us to understand your background, living arrangements, educational obstacles, and desire to go to college.

You will also be asked to submit two email addresses of people who can complete the two required EOP Recommendations. Your recommenders will receive an email from CalStateApply, and they will need to create an account and set up their profile. It is every applicant's responsibility to ensure that their recommenders submit their recommendations on time.

PRIORITY FILING PERIOD for EOP at CSUB is October 1st through December 4th. We assign priority to complete EOP applications--application plus recommendations--submitted before midnight on December 4th.  For Fall 2021 undergraduates, the application filing period has been extended to December 15th, 2020. Though the website lists a deadline of January 15 for the application and January 31st for the recommendation forms, these are simply the last days that EOP at CSUB will accept applications and recommendations.  

Financial Aid

Students should also fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive financial aid for the year they plan to attend.  Visit 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.

EOP&S Transfers

Good news for transfers!  If you were EOP&S at your junior college, you are eligible for EOP at CSUB. You still need to complete the EOP portion of the CSUB Undergraduate Application, and acceptance to EOP at CSUB is not automatic.

You must have the EOP&S Director or an EOP&S Counselor from your junior college complete one of the recommendations required for the EOP application as verification of participation in EOP&S. We do require a second recommendation from transfer students, though the second can be completed by a counselor, instructor, professor, or any of the other suggested people.

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. 

Apply Here

Clicking this link will take you to the Cal State website where you can apply to the University and EOP.

Current and former foster youth and youth experiencing homelessness should also apply to the Guardian Scholars Program. The application can be accessed at this link.

Handouts and Fliers

EOP provides handouts and fliers for students and counselors. Please feel free to download and distribute them!

EOP General Information Flier

EOP Freshman Information Flier

EOP Transfer Information Flier