Students must meet all of these criteria to be eligible:

  • California Resident for Saddleback College admissions purposes.
  • Must be enrolled in at least 12 academic units. 
  • Be 18 years of age or a high school graduate.
  • Has less than 69.9 units of degree-applicable coursework of combined colleges/universities in the US and/or foreign country.
  • Be eligible for the California College Promise Grant criteria (see step 3 below).

Have ONE of the following criteria:

  • Saddleback College assessment placement in any English, ESL, and/or Math 300 courses.
  • Not have graduated from high school or obtained the General Education Diploma (GED). *
  • High school grade point average below a 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. **
  • Previous enrollment in remedial education.
  • First generation college student
  • Parents are non-native English speakers
  • Emancipated Foster Youth
  • The student is a member of an underrepresented group targeted by district/college student equity goals.

* If you did not graduate from high school or if your high school GPA was below a 2.50 on a 4.00 scale, official high school transcripts may be required.

** If you have attended a postsecondary school in the U.S. or foreign country, you must submit official transcripts to the office of Admission. EOPS eligibility will be determined on review of external official transcripts.


A student is eligible if he/she meets the following criteria:

  • Is an EOPS student.
  • Is a single head-of-the household.
  • Is currently receiving TANF/CalWORKs assistance for themselves and/or child(ren).
  • Has a child under 18 years of age.
  • Is enrolled in at least 12 units upon acceptance into the program.
  • Is at least 18 years of age.


A student is eligible if he/she meets the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in classes at Saddleback College (With current/future goal of being enrolled in 9+ units)
  • Was in the foster care system for at least 1 day on/after 13th birthday
  • Able to provide a "Ward of the Court" letter or other proof of foster care status
  • Currently under the age of 26