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Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Income Criteria

EOP applicants must meet the preliminary low-income screening guidelines listed in the table below and demonstrate their family is unable to provide an annual contribution of more than $1,500 toward their college expenses. Applicants whose total family income exceeds the guidelines may be considered only if their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for financial aid purposes does not exceed $1,500. These guidelines are not intended to exclude disadvantaged students but to identify and give priority to the most financially needy applicants.

EOP Family Income Guidelines*

Dependent Students
Family Size Maximum Income
2 $35,600
3 $40,100
4 $46,400
5 $52,400
6 $59,300
7 $64,400
8 $69,500
Independent Students
Family Size Maximum Total Student/Spouse Income
Single, No Dependents 1 $15,400
Married, No Dependents Other Than Spouse 2 $27,000
With Dependents Other Than Spouse 2 $46,000
3 $52,700
4 $62,200
5 $71,100
6 $81,100
7 $88,800
8 $96,400

These guidelines reflect an income level that will generate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of approximately $1,500. For purposes of these guidelines, the approximate contribution for dependent applicants is based solely on the parental income and does not take into account any parental assets nor does it assume any contribution from the applicant's income or assets. For independent applicants, the guidelines are based strictly on income with no consideration or available savings or other assets.

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

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