Financial Support


Cognitive Testing Grant 

What is it?

  • Provides financial assistance of up to $600 for EOP students who need psycho-educational testing to determine if they have a learning disability. Contact

Application Process

  1. Obtain Professional Referral
    Meet with a physician or counselor at the Student Health and Counseling Center to determine if you need educational testing. You must receive a referral from the SHCS professional stating that you need educational testing.
  2. Reach out to an EOP staff member
    Once you have received your referral, please reach out to Julie Agosto. In the email subject line, please include "Cognitive Testing" and briefly explain your situation. You should receive a response within 7-10 business days to schedule a time to meet with you.
  3. Schedule Appointment for Educational Testing
    Once you have secured funding, schedule an appointment for cognitive testing. If you have SHIP, be sure the provider is approved through SHCS. For more information, contact insurance services. If you don't have SHIP you can use any provider you so choose. Please refer back to the information provided to you by Julie Agosto during your sit-down.
  4. Get a cost Estimate
    Ask the billing representative from the educational psychologist's office for a price quote. If needed, follow up with your insurance carrier to determine how much, if any, will be covered by insurance. If the out-of-pocket expenses exceed $600, please consider contacting financial aid and applying for an emergency short-term loan.
  5. Inform SDC of the appointment and request provisional accommodations
    Contact the Student Disability Center and inform them that you have made an appointment and request for provisional accommodations.
  6. Complete the Cognitive Testing Application and wait for a response

Note: Funding is not guaranteed until the Cognitive Testing Application is approved.

Emergency Fund

What is it?

  • Provides EOP students with monetary assistance for optical and dental medical emergencies.

Application Process

  1. Contact EOP
    In order to receive funds, first email with your request. Provide a brief description of medical needs (at least two sentences). In the subject line, please include "Emergency Fund."
  2. Await Response
    Julie Agosto-King will contact you within 7-10 business days to schedule a time to meet with you and further discuss your eligibility and other requirements.

Fee Waivers/Deferrals

EOP offers Fee Waivers and Fee Deferrals to EOP Students.


Incoming EOP students may be eligible to have their housing deposit deferred. If you qualify, housing will allow you to pay your housing deposit in two payments. For more information, please visit the housing page.

Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP)

PELP allows any continuing undergraduate or graduate level student to temporarily suspend academic work at UC Davis. EOP students who are looking to use the Planned Educational Leave Program qualify to have the 70-dollar application fee waived. For more information about PELP, please visit the information from the Registrar's office.

Other Campus Resources

  • Financial Aid Office
  • Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center
    The Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center can help you with financial wellness, food insecurity and housing insecurity.
  • Student Foundation
    The Student Emergency Relief Aid award can cover short-term needs that are not covered by other assistance. Some examples of needs may be tuition, rent, medical treatment, or other necessities that may hamper a student from succeeding academically or from meeting her or his basic needs.


In an effort to support the academic and personal success of students, STEP awards scholarships each year. These scholarships are made possible by the generous contributions from some of our STEP alumni. The following are scholarships STEP students are eligible for.

Guzman Moore Award

  • Background: Melinda Guzman Moore and Donald Moore served in STEP as Peer Advisor Counselors (PAC) through the Educational Opportunity Program Office. Donald also participated as a student in STEP and served as the PAC Coordinator and the Resident Director for the program. The Moores believe that their university experiences were enriched because of the leadership training they received through STEP. The Moore Endowment is intended as a tribute to the hard work of past and present STEP staff and to the students the program has served.
  • Eligibility: The endowment will award a PAC & a student who is enrolled at UC Davis the quarter immediately following STEP. The award will be given based on the following criteria: academic achievement, leadership and personal development, and commitment to organizations that seek, in part, to promote cultural understanding and diversity among students, including, but not limited to, ethnic student organizations.
  • Student Application Date: Fall Quarter
  • PAC Application Date: Fall Quarter

Santiago y Gregoria González Memorial Award

  • Background: Arturo J. González participated in the UC Davis Special Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) in 1978. He graduated in four years from UC Davis with honors and later received his law degree from Harvard Law School. Arturo has been a trial lawyer with Morrison and Foerster in San Francisco since 1985 and became their first Latino partner in 1991. He believes strongly in the promise of STEP students and wishes to support their success. As a result, Arturo established the Santiago y Gregoria González Memorial Award in 2008 in honor of his parents, Santiago and Gregoria González.
  • Eligibility: Students are eligible to apply for the award if they (a) are children of farm workers or railroad workers, (b) are interested in attending law school or working in the legal profession, or (c) identify as a member of any of the following groups: undocumented students, former foster youth, or children from a single parent home. Eligible students must be UC Davis undergraduates in their second through fifth year and have financial need. Preference will be given to students who participated in STEP.
  • Application Date: Winter Quarter