Frequently Asked Questions

What are the costs for these services?

All services provided by ETS are FREE! ETS is a U.S. Department of Education TRiO program funded through a grant to Cal Poly.

Who is eligible?

Students in the program must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, have legal residency, or be in the process of applying for legal permanent residency
  • Attend one of the target schools*
  • Complete the 5th grade or be at least 11 years old
  • Commit to continue their studies beyond high school
  • Commit to attend program workshops and events
  • Commit to maintaining good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA)

*Participating schools include: McKenzie Junior High, Fesler Junior High, Mesa Middle School, Santa Maria High School, Pioneer Valley High School, Ernest Righetti High School, and Nipomo High School.

Why do I have to provide my income information?

At least two-thirds of our student participants must meet certain income guidelines and be potentially first-generation college students. The applicant's income information allows ETS staff to determine whether the student meets the income guidelines to participate in the program. All of this information will remain completely confidential.

Why is the student's Social Security Number (SSN) required on the application?

The Social Security number is a way to show that the student is a U.S. citizen or has permanent residency, and is used to track students' educational progress after high school.

Do I have to reapply every year to stay in the program?

No, you do not have to reapply. Once you are accepted into ETS, you are a participant until the day you graduate high school or choose to exit the program.

Where can a student and/or their families meet with ETS Staff?

Outreach counselors/advisors are available at all student school sites on a weekly basis; however, the Cal Poly program's main office is located in San Luis Obispo.

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