A world of possibility awaits you, but so do a lot of questions and concerns.

You want Goucher College to be a part of your future, but can you and your family afford it? And what will be expected of you once you are enrolled?

You know you have the drive, the desire, and the potential to make the most of a Goucher education - you just need the chance to make it happen.

The Educational Opportunity Program offers substantial financial assistance to low-income students who are Maryland residents and are among the first in their family to attend college. From the moment you set foot on campus as an EOP Scholar until the day you graduate with a Goucher degree, you enter a network of support that not only helps you succeed, but also makes you feel right at home.

Please visit here for a full description of the program.

Admissions Requirements

The Educational Opportunity Program was created in 2006 to make a Goucher education more accessible to Maryland residents. EOP Scholars benefit from extensive support, including a substantial financial aid package and special programming to enhance their academic and social opportunities during their four years at Goucher.

Students must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for consideration:

• Be a resident of Maryland for at least two years
• Be a first-generation college bound student, defined as neither parent has more than a high school education
• Meet the academic and income guidelines set by the MD Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access Grant
• Submit the below required documents for admission and financial aid consideration:

1. Application Form

2. Supplemental Materials (Required) 

    • $55 application fee or waiver
    • essay portion of the application
    • official high school transcript (grade 9 and up), listing courses in progress
    • secondary school report with a letter of recommendation from your college counselor or adviser
    • recommendation letter from an academic teacher (English, math, science, foreign language or social studies)

Standardized Tests

Goucher has adopted a test-optional program, where submitting scores for the SAT Reasoning Test and ACT with writing is optional when applying for admission. You must indicate on the application supplement your preference for use of test scores in determining admission.

Although you may elect not to submit scores as part of the process of determining admission, please know that all admitted applicants who matriculate must furnish test scores for research and advising purposes.

Selection Process

Applicants electing to be considered for EOP candidacy will have their application materials reviewed by the Selection Committee.  Applicants selected for further consideration will receive an invitation, via email, to attend the EOP Scholars Program, held in conjunction with the FUSION program, typically held in mid-April.

The EOP Scholars Program brings together Goucher community members and the EOP applicant to further assess their candidacy as a potential EOP Scholar.  Activities include meetings with community members, academic assessment activities, an overnight residential experience and opportunities to attend class.  If selected for further consideration, applicants are required to attend the EOP Scholars Program and FUSION. 

Deadlines for EOP Applications*

Non-Binding Early Action (Priority Consideration)

  • Application + supporting materials due December 1
  • Notification of admission decision by February 1
  • Notification of EOP candidacy in early February
  • Candidate reply due May 1

*All deadline dates are by 11:59 p.m. applicant's local time

Financial Aid Requirements

The admissions process is need-blind, meaning that we make our decisions without considering how much your family can contribute to your education. To be considered for the Educational Opportunity Program, the following documents are required and should be submitted no later than February 1.

  • FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (for federal and state aid consideration) - available after October 1
  • Submit all requested documents listed on Financial Aid Student Tracking System when access becomes available. Requested documents can be sent to us by mail, email, or fax to 410-337-6504. Goucher is not a participant of the College Board IDOC. 
  • Guaranteed Access Grant (GA) application (interested students and their families must qualify for this program to be considered) - available after January 1 
    • Requires an official high school transcript signed by your guidance counselor or college advisor 
    • GA application (including transcript) is sent to MD Higher Education Commission 

Applicants selected as an EOP Scholar will receive a financial aid package that includes grant money, minimal work-study award, and no student loans.  Goucher is prepared to make this commitment for four years as long as the student remains in good academic standing.

In all cases, families must pay the calculated expected family contribution (EFC) using resources available, which can include current earnings, savings, 529 Plans, employee tuition assistance, or parent loans.

Contact Information

Do you know someone who would be a great fit for the Educational Opportunity Program at Goucher? Let us know.

For information on applying to Goucher and being considered for the Educational Opportunity Program, please contact:
Lisa M. Hill
Senior Associate Director of Admissions

For additional information on the Educational Opportunity Program and the experiences of our enrolled EOP Scholars, please contact:
Mary Tandia
Assistant Dean for Multicultural Student Services