EOP offers guidance and support to help students understand their campus budgets and financial aid awards. Staff also help students with 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
Low-income EOP students may qualify for an EOP Discretionary Grant. Students must submit a completed EOP Discretionary Grant Application. Applications become available every academic year starting in the second week of November and continue through the Spring semester until funds are exhausted. For more information, contact Nate Carroll.
UC Berkeley’s Scholarship Connection offers information on many various grants and scholarships available to students. (http://scholarships.berkeley.edu/)
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.
For information on emergency loans, please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.
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.
Kaplan: One time 50% fee reduction for LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, GRE, MAT, DAT, PCAT, or OAT exam prep course.
Princeton Review: One time 50% fee reduction for LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, or GRE exam prep course.
Letter of EOP Verification
Students may request a letter of verification that confirms their status as a low-income EOP student.