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The California Dream Act

California Dream Act (AB540) was signed into law October 12, 2001, authorizes any students, including undocumented students, who meet the following criteria to pay in-state tuition at California’s public colleges and universities. Attended a CA high school for 3 or More years. Graduated from a CA high or attained the equivalent of a HS diploma. [...]

Supporters

The East Bay Consortium is grateful for the support of the corporations, foundations, government agencies, and private donors that have contributed to our success. With their help, we strive to encourage today's youth to pursue their academic and personal goals. Our thanks to these major donors: California State Department of Education California State GEAR UP Cal-SOAP, [...]

I’m Going to College

I'm Going to College (IGTC) is designed to create an awareness of the opportunities of a college education to elementary school students, and to make going to college an attainable goal. The program works with all 5th grade students at an elementary school. The East Bay Consortium works with 5th grade teachers to guide students [...]

Home

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 [...]

History

Established in 1978 as part of the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP), the East Bay Consortium of Educational Institutions, Inc, (EBC) was founded to develop and improve educational opportunities for students in the East Bay. EBC's goal is to provide these opportunities by developing student and parent programs, improving teacher instruction in mathematics [...]

Money for College

Don't let money be an obstacle to pursuing higher education. Research your financial aid options: grants and scholarships, educational loans, work-study programs. No matter what type of financial aid you are eligible for, the money is there for you. The distinguishing factor between scholarships and grants versus the other types of financial aid is that [...]

Student Testimonials

"The East Bay Consortium/Cal-SOAP has been a great resource for me that has encouraged and supported me through my middle and high school years, which has motivated me to pursue higher education, inspire me to help my community and aspire me to reach for my dream." --Roger Moy, 2nd year at UC Davis     [...]

Accepting Student Loans

Before accepting a loan check, consider the following: Is the school or program a good investment? A school must tell you about its: graduates' success in job placement; tuition and refund policies; academic and training programs; financial aid programs; the faculty and facilities. Even if you do not graduate or are not happy with the [...]

Who Qualifies?

General federal financial aid eligibility requirements are: Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen Non-U.S. Citizens, generally, if you have a “green card” (in other words, if you are a permanent resident alien), you will be considered an “eligible noncitizen” and will be able to get federal student aid. Have financial need Enrolled in an [...]

Staff

Monica Montenegro Executive Director 510-879-1577 monica@eastbayconsortium.org Mónica Montenegro is the Executive Director of the East Bay Consortium of Educational Institutions. Mónica has directed the East Bay Consortium since 2000 and has been with the agency since she was an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. Boun Khamnouane Associate Director 510-879-1578 boun@eastbayconsortium.org Boun Khamnouane [...]