In 1964, the Educational Opportunity Program was introduced at UC Berkeley as a faculty initiative to support the disproportionately small numbers of first-generation college and low-income students admitted to the University.
Today, undergraduate students who meet ANY of the criteria below are EOP.
1) Low Income (Pell Grant or Dream Act Scholarship eligible as verified by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office)
2) First Generation College Student (Parent(s) have not graduated from a four-year college or university in the United States)
3) Historically Underrepresented Students (African American, Chicano/Latino, and Native American Students)
**Please note that non-immigrant international students studying at Berkeley on student visas are not considered EOP.
All EOP students benefit from individualized academic counseling, various support services, and extensive campus referral network. In addition, students who meet the “low-income” criteria are also offered the services and benefits listed under the financial assistance section of our website (including various grants and fee reductions).
Students are notified that they are considered EOP via MyBerkeleyApp or with a direct email from our office once they are admitted. If you were not identified as EOP but feel you meet the criteria as described above, you may apply directly to our office to verify your EOP status here.