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

EOP Leadership and Community Engagement Grants

EOP Leadership and Community Engagement Grants aim to recognize and support a diverse group of low-income UC Berkeley students. Over one hundred $400 grants will be awarded to low-income undergraduates who are committed to contributing and providing leadership to their EOP community. This year, EOP Leadership and Community Engagement Grants will focus on recognizing efforts to support first semester EOP students, including serving as a Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) leader.

For grant criteria and more info, view the grant application by clicking this link. 

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 are NOW OPEN!.

Are you a student in the College of Letters and Science, College of Environmental Design, College of Engineering, College of Chemistry, or the Haas School of Business?


Are you are a student in the College of Natural Resources? You have your own version of the Carroll Grant!


Applications will be accepted until March 17th. For more information about the Carroll Grant, please contact Marcos Ramos at

Other Opportunities:

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.