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Prospective Students

EOP Program Eligibility

To qualify for admission to Cal Poly Pomona's Educational Opportunity Program, a student must:

  • Be an undergraduate student and meet the EOP Family Income Guidelines
  • Demonstrate potential for success and be motivated to achieve his or her educational goals
  • Be a California resident or an AB 540 nonresident tuition exemption student
  • Enroll as a full-time student (at least 12 units per quarter)
  • Be a first-time applicant to the CSU System

Please note: EOP students transferring from another CSU campus are eligible for the program upon verification of EOP status at previous CSU institution.

How to Apply to EOP

  1. CSU Application: Complete and submit the online undergraduate California State University Admissions application at CSU Mentor during the filing period, October 1 – November 30 and indicate your interest in EOP in the section provided. 
  2. EOP Application: Complete and submit the online EOP application at CSU Mentor which includes 2 recommendation forms. The EOP application and recommendation forms priority deadline is February 1, 2015.   If you wish to print out a paper copy click on the printable version of the EOP Application (PDF).
  3. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):  Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at by the March 2nd priority deadline.
    • NOTE:  AB 540 students:  Fill out the California Dream Act application instead of FAFSA. Filing the incorrect form will delay your financial aid award.  The deadline is March 2, 2015.  
  4. Once an EOP applicant’s file is received, students will be notified electronically via email.  Each file will be reviewed by the EOP Admissions and Enrollment Committee.  Please note that EOP applications will not be considered unless ALL undergraduate admissions requirements by the university’s Office of Admissions & Outreach have been fulfilled.
  5. Check your email frequently as it is Cal Poly Pomona’s official mode of communication.


AB 540 

Cal Poly Pomona Fall 2015 admissions applicants are eligible for EOP!

Tips for AB 540 students filling out a college application:

  1. Fill out all information correctly including questions pertaining to you or your parents’ residency.  If you do not answer accurately, you may be classified as a foreign student and subject to non-resident fees.
  2. Follow up on all requests and/or forms from your campus regarding residency questionnaires.  If you have concerns or questions, you can call the Office of Admissions and Outreach; your information will be kept confidential.
  3. Fill out the California Dream Act application instead of FAFSA. Filing the incorrect form will delay your financial aid award.  The deadline is March 2, 2015.
  4. Complete and submit the Non-Resident Tuition Exemption (PDF) form to the Office of Admissions & Outreach.  Once the final high school transcripts with graduation date posted are received, the form will be processed. 
    • Freshman students: Submit the form first, the decision will be made once your final transcripts are received which will be in the summer after graduation from high school. 
    • Transfer students: Submit the form with your high school transcripts with the high school graduation date posted.
  5. Make sure to adhere to deadlines!

AB 540 liaison for Cal Poly Pomona        

Norma León
Coordinator, Educational Assessment & Retention
Student Support and Equity Programs 

For more AB 540 resources and updates see Cal Poly Pomona’s websites:

AB 540 Information and Resources Website

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