At Orange Coast College, we define Student Equity as guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all students, while working to identify and address barriers that stand in the way of student success.  This commitment to access, success and transfer for all of our current and prospective students is part of OCC's Student Equity Program, created to address gaps in achievement for students with the greatest needs.  Through this program we assure that, regardless of background, students are supported with resources and services needed to achieve their educational outcomes.

The Student Equity Program will re-open in the Summer of 2022. Please fill out our Waitlist Form to be alerted when applications for 2022-2023 are live.

Activities

  • Campus Tours for Transfer Students
  • Major & Career Exploration
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events
  • Leadership Development
  • Summer Bridge for First-Year Students

Support Services

  • Textbook Stipends
  • School Supplies
  • Technology Lending
  • Monthly Gift Cards
  • Gap & Gown
  • Honors Society Fees
  • Tutoring
  • Academic Advisement and Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring for First-Year Students

Populations We Serve:

  • Low-income students (CA College Promise Grant/BOG Eligible)
  • Undocumented Students
  • Veteran Students
  • First-Generation Students
  • Students of Color
  • And more

Student Equity Program  Eligibility Criteria:

  1. First time college student (no degree already attained; Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral degree)
  2. Be enrolled in at least 6 academic units or more in Spring 2022
  3. Qualify for the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) - formerly known as the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver
  4. Be in good standing with the Student Equity Program, if reapplying from a previous academic year.
  5. Not in any other OCC student support services program (EOPS/ CARE, CalWORKs, Guardian Scholars).

**Student Equity will be accepting students with the greatest need based on financial aid awards and unmet need.**