Educational Opportunity Program

Educational Opportunity Program

The Educational Opportunity Program helps students who have the potential to succeed in college, but who have not achieved their higher education goals because of economic and/or educational background.

"Through EOP I have gained the confidence to realize my own potential, open my own opportunities and take charge of my education and life. EOP has given me the opportunity to explore new venues in life, gain new skills that I never thought I would have, and thanks to this program's dedication and support I feel prepared for anything life has to offer."
 -Victoria Sanchez, EOP student

What is EOP?

California State University Monterey Bay's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is designed to improve the access and retention of low-income and first-generation college students.

EOP applicants must be motivated to succeed and have the potential to perform satisfactorily at CSU, Monterey Bay, but may not have been previously able to realize their potential because of their economic or educational background. California residents and students who qualify for an AB540 nonresident tuition exemption are eligible to apply for EOP.

Why EOP?

For more information download EOP's digital flipbook.

How does EOP help you achieve success?

  1. ACCESS opportunities for historically underserved students (low income, first-generation) by making higher education a possibility for prospective students with the potential for academic excellence.
  2. ADVOCACY and education to address the needs of EOP students.
  3. TRANSITIONAL EXPERIENCE that will empower students to better manage and navigate the college experience.
  4. SUPPORT SERVICES to facilitate student success.
  5. EOP GRANTS to eligible students who should also receive the highest priority for financial aid resources available from the institution.

EOP Application Questions?

Connect with our Admissions & Retention Advisor for personalized assistance. Click on this link to schedule a time to meet and discuss any questions you may have about your current or future application. 


Virtual EOP Info Sessions 

Applied to EOP for Fall 2024!? EOP will be hosting virtual information sessions for students who have applied and would like to learn more about EOP and CSUMB. More information on dates and times will be released soon. 


Group Presentation Request 

Our staff is available to present via Zoom. Presentations take between 30-45 minutes. Requests must be received 2 weeks in advance to be considered. After your request is received, we will send you an email confirmation. We will try our best to accommodate your preferred date and time. If you have specific questions regarding EOP presentations, please email us at

Presentation Request

EOP Presentation request with QR code and EOP Email


First Year Experience

EOP provides intensive services in the first year for entering freshmen. Students gain the skills and support networks necessary to ensure their success. A team comprised of faculty, advisors, students, and other campus representatives are involved in all facets of the program.

Transfer Students

EOP assists transfer students in adjusting to increased academic expectations, balancing their life commitments with their academic workload, and adjusting to a new area if they are relocating to attend the university.

Ongoing Support

Support services for continuing students include one on one professional advising and peer mentoring, academic workshops and cultural activities, and referral to resources throughout the campus.

Financial Support

Eligible students can receive an EOP financial grant, plus assistance applying for scholarships.

EOP History Timeline

The Educational Opportunity Program at California State University Monterey Bay offers grants, educational assistance and deliberate programming for students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who display potential for success in the CSU curricula. In April 1969, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 1072 (the Harmer Bill) which established EOP at California state institutions of higher learning. Fifty years later, the EOP program is going strong, with access provided to first generation, low income, historically underserved students.

Contact Educational Opportunity Program 

Phone: 831-582-3841

Email: Send an email

Building: 5283 Sixth Avenue, Bldg 47, Seaside, CA 93955

Office Hours: Monday- Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.