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The East Bay Consortium's mission is to increase the number of students finishing high school and enrolling in postsecondary institutions, through intensive educational enrichment. We offer many resources to help improve educational opportunities for students. Through these resources and our efforts, we promote their success in secondary school and in college. Most of our programs [...]

Pre-Collegiate Academy

In 1991, the East Bay Consortium, in collaboration with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and Merritt College, instituted the Pre-Collegiate Academy (PCA), a program specifically designed for students in Oakland middle and secondary schools. The PCA was established to remedy the growing number of students from low socio-economic backgrounds who were not qualifying for [...]

Step-by-Step Guide to Financial Aid

Welcome to the East Bay Consortium's Step-by-Step Guide to Financial Aid. Hopefully, we'll be able to answer all of your financial aid needs and questions from how to fill out a FAFSA to how to pay back school loans. Please browse around. If your questions are not answered in the guide, please feel free to [...]

College Entrance Exams

Most colleges and universities require that you take either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Assessment (Plus Writing) as part of their admissions requirement. Some may also require that you take the SAT Subject Tests. These tests are used to help the university to determine if you are academically ready and able to handle [...]

Steps to go to College

We are joined by many people from our community, colleges, and your school who believe in you. We believe in your choice of a career that will provide you fulfillment. We believe in your choice of an educational plan that will both enlighten you as well as prepare you for a career and employment. We [...]

About

The East Bay Consortium of Educational Institutions, Inc. is one of fifteen California Student Opportunity and Access Projects (Cal-SOAP) administered by the California Student Aid Commission. The East Bay Consortium provides services to students and teachers in Oakland to achieve the goal of increasing the number of students finishing high school and enrolling in postsecondary [...]

Financial Aid from Schools and Colleges

The financial aid office also helps students to qualify for other aid by certifying students' expense budgets and financial need. Check with the school for its financial aid deadlines. College financial aid offices provide the following: information about all student aid programs and application requirements; "packaging" financial aid (a combination of grants, loans and/or work-study); [...]

Federal Aid Programs

Some aid programs, such as Federal Pell Grants, are offered directly to students by the federal government. Others are administered by the schools and colleges (Federal SEOG, Federal College Work-Study, and Federal Perkins Loans). To receive federal financial aid, students must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen enrolled in an eligible program at a [...]