How to Apply

How to Apply

1. Complete the EOP supplemetal questions on the CSU Cal State Apply Application for Undergraduate Admissions.

2. Provide the names and e-mail addresses of two teachers or counselors who can recommend you for EOP. Recommendation questions will be sent to them by e-mail and they must submit their answers online. Recommendations must be from academic professionals.

Who is eligible to apply for EOP?

California residents and eligible AB 540 students who meet the income eligibility index and are a first generation college student can apply for EOP. However, due to space and resource limitations, not all eligible students will be selected for EOP.

EOP Family Income Guidelines - 2020/2021

Dependent Students   Independent Students
Family Size Max Total Parental Income     Family Size Max Total Income
2 $37,400   Single, No Dependants 1 $16,300
3 $42,700  
4 $50,300   Married, No Dependants Other than Spouse 2 $28,400
5 $57,500    
6 $65,500    
7 $71,700   With Dependents Other Than a Spouse 2 $48,200
8 $78,000    
  3 $56,000
  4 $66,800
  5 $76,900
  6 $88,200
  7 $97,000
  8 $106,500


These guidelines reflect an income level that will generate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of approximately $1,500. For the purpose of these guidelines, the approximate contribution for dependent applicants is based solely on the parental income and does not take into account any parental 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 of 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

EOP students who qualify for financial aid may receive an EOP grant. To be considered, you must apply for financial aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application. Apply as soon as possible after January 1 of the preceding school year, and before the CSU financial aid priority filing date of March 2 of the preceding school year. EOP grants will be awarded only as long as funds are available. You will have a better chance of receiving an EOP grant and other financial aid for which you are eligible if you apply before these deadlines.


Application for financial aid is a separate process from the EOP admission process. For additional information about financial aid, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid at


Selection procedure

Once your EOP file is complete, it will be reviewed carefully by a campus selection committee. The committee will consider such factors as disadvantaged background, financial need, academic performance, motivation, and potential for success in college. The committee may also look for any contribution that you have made or intend to make to your community, work experience, or the career you wish to pursue. Be sure to complete all forms accurately and assist the committee in understanding your academic preparation and motivation.

EOP at SF State only admits fall applicants. Notification of admission to SF State and notification of admission to EOP are two separate steps. A student must first be admitted to SF State before their EOP file is reviewed. EOP begins notifying students of acceptance to the fall program in early spring and continues until space is no longer available. Students admitted to EOP will receive their notice by email.

EOP Welcome Session Participants conditionally admitted into EOP must complete a Welcome Session at SF State New Student Orientation prior to being fully admitted into the program. SF State New Student Orientations are scheduled throughout the months of June and July.



Q: When is the EOP application deadline?

A: To apply to EOP for the 2020-2021 academic year, please complete the EOP supplemental questions and both letters of recommendation included in the CSU Cal State Apply application at Cal State Apply by January 31, 2020.


Q: When can a student apply for EOP at SF State?

A: Students need to apply to EOP the same semester they apply to SF State. If you are transferring from another CSU campus as a non-EOP student, you are ineligible for EOP.


Q: How can a student apply for one of the programs under EOP (Summer Bridge, Guardian Scholars Program, Student Support Services - TRiO)?

A: The specific programs will contact students who have been admitted to EOP and who are eligible for the program and provide a separate application.


Q: I am an Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) student at my community college. Will I automatically be an EOP student at SF State?

A: No. EOPS at the community college system and EOP at the CSU system are two different programs. Therefore, EOPS students must complete an EOP application.


The EOP Office may notify you if an interview or skills assessment is required during the selection process.


Contact Title Email Phone
Renee Stephens EOP Admissions Coordinator 415.338.2897