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Income Guidelines

EOP Income Criteria

EOP applicants should demonstrate the family is unable to provide an annual contribution of more than $1,500 toward their college expenses.  These guidelines are intended to identify and give priority to the most financially needy applicants.  Low income criteria is determined through the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) which is derived from the FAFSA Application and cannot exceed $1,500 to be eligible for EOP services.  EOP applicants must apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California DREAM Act application in order to determine program eligibility by the priority deadline.  

When determining eligibility for federal student aid, dependency status is considered. 

Dependent/Independent Federal Definition

*Guidelines are based on the formulas used to determine the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for federal student financial aid.


Below are the 2024-2025 Income Guidelines:

Dependent Students

EOP Income Guidelines
Family Size Maximum Income
2 $44,900
3 $51,350
4 $60,600
5 $69,450
6 $79,100
7 $86,750
8 $94,300

Independent Students

EOP Income Guidelines
Status Family Size Maximum Income
Single, No Dependents 1 $18,950
Married, No Dependents Other Than Spouse 2 $34,450
With Dependents Other Than a Spouse 2 $58,000
  3 $67,700
  4 $80,750
  5 $93,100
  6 $106,800
  7 $118,150
  8 $131,450