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 are paused for the 2020-2021 academic year. We will provide updates about the 2021-2022.
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.
For information on emergency loans, please visit the emergency loan section of the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office website.
Fee Reductions and Deferments
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.
For all students who were registered and pursuing a UC Berkeley degree at some prior point and would like to return, you need to be readmitted or approved for re-enrollment. Undergraduate students who left the University and were absent for one or more semesters must apply for readmission. Readmission and re-enrollment is not guaranteed. The readmission deadlines are as follows:
-Fall 2022 - June 1st
-Spring 2023 - November 1st
To request the EOP Readmission Fee waiver, please schedule to meet with an EOP Counselor for a Same-Day Appointment or for a future Pre-Scheduled Appointment. Same-Day Appointments open at 9am Monday - Thursday and are reserved on a first-come first-serve basis. Pre-scheduled Appointments can be reserved up to two weeks in advance.
Berkeley Student Cooperative Housing (Deposit Reduction)
EOP students receive a deposit reduction and are given priority housing placement in the Berkeley Student Cooperative. To request an EOP verification for the Berkeley Student Cooperative, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, phone number and SID number.
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:
Princeton Review: One time 50% fee reduction for any exam prep course
Blueprint: One time 50% fee reduction for LSAT exam prep course
Manhattan Prep: One time 50% fee reduction for GMAT, GRE, or LSAT exam prep course or self study option. (Open to all EOP students).
TestMasters: $500 off the live LSAT prep course or $100 off online course
TestCrackers: ALL EOP students can receive a one-time $650 discount on the full GRE or GMAT test prep course TestCrackers.
Kaplan: Starting Line Program offers 20-60% off any course based on Expected Family Contribution and GPA information*
Letter of low-income verification
Students may request a letter verification from Cal Student Central that confirms their status as a low-income student.