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FAQ's

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. The 2019-20 grant award is $267,995.

Who is eligible?

Students must

  • Be a U.S. citizen, have permanent residency, or be in the process of applying for legal permanent residency
  • Attend one of the target schools or live in the target school area
  • Have completed the 5th grade or be at least 11 years old
  • Neither parent has attained a 4-year university degree
  • Meet federal income levels
  • Commit to continuing their studies beyond high school

Why do I have to state my family income level?

One of the main purposes of this program is to provide support to economically disadvantaged families so ETS gives priority to those with financial need.

Why must I be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident?

ETS is funded through taxpayer dollars, so this is a legislative requirement.

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

No, once you are accepted into ETS you are a participant until you graduate from high school or choose to exit the program. However, we track student progress for 6 years after high school graduation so be sure to stay in touch!

What is the time commitment?

15 minutes per week will get you the basic information but the more time you put in, the more benefits you’ll receive! We know you’re busy so you can attend informational workshops on line or in person. Field trips are voluntary and are usually on weekends. Students must commit to attending at least two programming events or ETS counselor contacts per year.

Which are ETS’s Target Schools?

The Cal Poly ETS program serves the following schools but if you live in the target school area and attend a different school or are home-schooled, you may apply.

  • Ernest Righetti High School
  • Nipomo High School
  • Pioneer Valley High School
  • Santa Maria High School 
  • Kermit McKenzie Junior High School
  • Fesler Junior High School
  • Mesa Middle School

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