Eligibility and Appealing


The EOP office conducts a holistic review of a student’s appeal application and uses a combination of the following criteria in determining EOP eligibility:

  • First generation to college where parent(s) have not graduated from a four-year college or university in the United States;

  • Demonstration of being historically low-income and/or of low socioeconomic background as determined by family income and/or student income;

  • Demonstration of being educationally disadvantaged which includes attending an under-resourced high school with limited opportunities and/or attending a community college with low-transfer rates;

  • Participated in pre-university Educational Preparation Programs (e.g. Early Academic Outreach, Upward Bond, MESA, Talent Search, Puente, etc.) 

The following student groups are automatically considered and granted EOP status:

  • Undocumented students not eligible for federal funding;

  • Foster youth/former foster youth;

  • Current military member/veteran of military service

Status is granted during the UC application process, however, students can apply to be considered for the program by submitting an EOP Appeal.

Appeal Process

To be considered for the program, please access the EOP Appeal Request Form, and fully complete each question. Make sure to attach a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) from FAFSA or California Dream Act. 

All incoming Freshmen, Transfer students, and continuing students may submit an EOP appeal at any point during each quarter.

Appeals will only be reviewed during the first two weeks and the last two weeks of every quarter.  You can expect to receive your result within a week from the review period. All reviews are conducted by EOP staff.  

If you have questions or would like to check on the status of your appeal please email eop@ucsc.edu.