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 Students: Students whose parents did not graduate from a four-year college or university in the US.
  • Historically Low-Income and/or of a Low Socioeconomic Background: this is determined by family income and/or student income
  • Students who have experienced educational disadvantages including: attending an under-resourced high school with limited opportunities and/or attending a community college with low transfer rates.
  • Students who 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 Frosh, Transfer students, and continuing students may submit an EOP appeal at any point during each quarter.

Appeals will only be reviewed during 1st and last 2 weeks of the quarter.  You can expect to receive your results 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.

EOP Appeal Application Timeline  

First Round of the Quarter 
Week 3-5: Applications are Reviewed.
Week 6: Student Status is Updated and Processed.
Week 7: Students are notified via email. 
Second Round of the Quarter 
Week 8-10: Applications are Reviewed.
Finals Week: Student Status is Updated and Processed. 
After Finals: Students are notified via email. 
Note: If you submit an application during the review process, your application will be reviewed until the next round. 
Dates are subject to change without notice.