Financial Assistance

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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 cost of attendance adjustment requests, 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.

 

Carroll Grants (formally known as "Discretionary Grant")

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**The EOP Carroll Grant application will be available Fall 2019. We are shifting the availability of the application cycle to the fall semesters only. The EOP Carroll Grant Application for the 19-20 academic year is now open! Application closes on October 4, 2019 or when funds are exhausted - which ever occurs first.

Undergraduate EOP students must be low-income and currently enrolled to qualify for an EOP Carroll Grant. Students must submit a completed EOP Carroll Grant Application.

Important Notes:

  • Students in the following Colleges (L&S, CNR, CED, COC, COE, Haas) need to fill out the EOP Carroll Grant and will be eligible for up to $300. These funds will be incorporated into your financial aid package to be disbursed.

  • Students in the College of Natural Resources (CNR) need to fill out the CNR Carroll Grant and will be eligible for up to $500. These funds will be incorporated into your financial aid package to be disbursed. NOTE: After receiving the CNR Carroll Grant award, CNR students will receive instructions via e-mail by their college with information on how to submit final official receipt(s) for proof of purchase by May 1, 2020.

  • Funds will be incorporated into your financial aid package and disburse through CalCentral. You must have room in your financial aid package to receive the award.

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For more information about the Carroll Grant, please contact Marcos Ramos at macramos@berkeley.edu


Other Opportunities:

Change a Life Foundation Scholarship for Re-entry/Foster students  

New Transfer Re-entry/Foster students are given priority but all foster transfer are encouraged to apply.  

http://changealife.org/scholarship-program/apply/

 

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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:

 

Letter of low-income verification

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