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EOP FAQ's

Q: Are only underrepresented minority students accepted to EOP?

A: No. Any student, who meets EOP income criteria and additional admissions criteria, may be accepted to EOP.

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Q: Do EOP applicants automatically qualify for an application fee waiver?

A: No. Applicants must demonstrate financial need to be considered for a fee waiver. Determination of eligibility will be made when applying to the university online at www.csumentor.edu.

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Q: How will a student who is currently earning good grades benefit from EOP?

A: All students need supportive communities to be successful. Very few people succeed alone. EOP has a group of trained professionals that can help foresee and address challenges that students may encounter at the college level.

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Q. Is there a priority deadline for the EOP application and Letter of Recommendations (LORS)?

A. At this time, EOP only accepts applications for the fall quarter and the priority deadline is February 1. We review applications and LORS that are turned in by the priority deadline. Although we may take your application after the priority deadline, there are no guarantees you will be accepted to the program as space is limited.

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Q. Will EOP accept paper applications?

A. Our preference is for students to submit online applications, this will allow for quicker responses to our applicants. You can apply through CSU Mentor. However, if you do not have access to a computer, we will accept paper applications which can be printed from the CSUMentor website http://www.calstate.edu/sas/publications/documents/EOPapplicationbooklet.pdf

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Q. If I’m no longer interested in being considered for EOP may I opt out?

A. Yes, if you notify the EOP Admissions Office during the application process. If you are currently an EOP student at Cal Poly Pomona, you must meet with your EOP Advisor to discuss your options.

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Q. Once enrolled as EOP do I have to submit another EOP application every quarter/year?

A. No. The EOP application is submitted only once during the application process. Once the student is accepted to EOP and enrolls to the university, the student will remain EOP provided the conditions of acceptance are honored each quarter.

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Q: May Cal Poly Pomona students apply to EOP once they have enrolled?

A: No. EOP determines eligibility for the program during the student’s admissions process prior to enrollment.

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Q. May students apply to EOP even though they do not meet the income guidelines but only want tutoring, advising, etc.?

A. No. EOP is a program offered to historically low-income, first generation college students who demonstrate potential for academic success and a motivation to achieve his or her educational goals.

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Q. If a student is NOT a first generation college student may he or she still apply to EOP?

A. All students are welcome to apply who meet the EOP guidelines. Low income and first generation college student eligibility will be determined during the application process. If a student is not first generation, the student may be put on a waitlist.

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

A: No. EOP students are eligible to receive an EOP grant if their Expected Family contribution (EFC) does not exceed 1,500. Students must complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other documents as required by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

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Q: Is applying to EOP the same as filing the FAFSA?

A: No. EOP applicants must submit a FAFSA and other required documents by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships in order to be considered for financial aid (grants, work study & loans).

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Q: Do EOP students receive book vouchers and/or priority registration?

A: No. Although EOP does not provide students with book vouchers, it offers an EOP Supplemental Grant to eligible EOP students. If eligible this grant is applied to the student’s financial aid award. Priority registration is not given to EOP students at Cal Poly Pomona.

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Q: Do students in community college EOP&S programs automatically qualify for Cal Poly Pomona’s EOP?

A: No. Transferring community college students must submit an EOP application during the CSU admissions application process and follow the same procedures as other applicants. However, special consideration will be given to EOP&S students in an effort to enhance the transfer and graduation rates of these students. EOP&S and EOP are two different programs.

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Q: Do ALL transferring students from other CSU’s qualify for EOP?

A: No. EOP students transferring from other CSU campuses are eligible for the program upon verification of EOP status at previous CSU institution. Please contact our office at (909) 869-4557 for EOP verification process.

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Q. Are students with disabilities automatically accepted to EOP?

A. No. Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply for EOP during the application filing period and must also meet the EOP requirements.

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Q. What does "educationally disadvantaged student" mean?

A. This refers to students who have not been able to realize their fullest potential because of their educational background. Students from low income backgrounds go to schools that may not be as well-equipped as those in more affluent communities, therefore, not affording them the same educational opportunities.

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