Financial Assistance

EOP offers guidance and support to help students understand their campus budgets and financial aid awards. Staff also help students with Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) issues and appeals, financial aid budget appeals, and referrals to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. In addition, EOP offers modest assistance towards student expenses by offering limited grants, waivers, deferments, and fee reductions.

Grants and Loans

Carroll Grant (formally known as "Discretionary Grant"):

Low-income EOP students may qualify for an EOP Carroll Grant. Students must submit a completed EOP Carroll Grant Application. Applications for 2016/2017 will become available in February and will remain open throughout the Spring semester until funds are exhausted. 

For more information on the application process please contact Marcos Ramos at

Other Opportunities:

UC Berkeley’s Scholarship Connection offers information on many various grants and scholarships available to students. (

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship seeks to lower barriers to undergraduate study abroad by offering scholarships to students with financial need. Underrepresented students in study abroad programs are encouraged to apply.

UC Berkeley's Disabled Students' Program offers information about various financial resources for students with disabilities.

Emergency Loans

For information on emergency loans, please visit the emergency loan section of the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office website.

Fee Reductions and Deferments

Low-income EOP students are eligible to receive fee deferments and/or reductions (housing, readmission, etc.). Deferments and/or reductions are available for the following:

  • Readmission/Enrollment Fee Waiver

Waives the $70.00 processing fee of the readmission application.

  • Berkeley Student Cooperative Housing (Deposit Reduction)

Students receive a deposit reduction and are given priority housing placement in the Berkeley Student Cooperative.

  • Residential Living and Family Housing Fee Deferment

Students may be eligible for a deferment of the application fee for university housing. Contact any EOP Academic Counselor for assistance.

Graduate/Professional School Admissions Exam Prep Courses

EOP has established agreements that provide significant reduction in fees of various graduate/professional school admission exam prep courses for low-income EOP students. Our current agreements include:

  • Blueprint: One time 50% fee reduction for LSAT exam prep course.
  • Princeton Review: One time 50% fee reduction for any exam prep course.
  • Testmasters: $500 off the live LSAT prep course.

Letter of low-income verification

Students may request a letter of verification from Cal Student Central that confirms their status as a low-income student.