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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 [...]

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     [...]

State Aid Programs

California, through the Student Aid Commission, sponsors or administers many financial aid programs for higher education. These include the state-funded Cal Grants A, B and C for undergraduate students, Middle Class Scholarship, a State Work-Study program, a loan assumption program for teachers, graduate fellowships, a program to assist the dependents of law enforcement officers and [...]

Juniors and Seniors

Congratulations! As a junior or senior, you are well on your way to graduating from high school and attending college. Use these checklists to make sure you are not missing any details you will need to apply to colleges. From taking your PSAT’s and SAT’s, keeping up with your A-G requirements, to requesting your high [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]