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East Los Angeles College


  1. Copy of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Award Letter

  2. A 500-words essay explaining your interest in pursuing a STEM career, the obstacles you may face while at ELAC, and future goals. The essay must be typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, and 12-point size.

  3. For Level 1 applicants – high school transcripts showing a minimum GPA of 3.0. For Level 2 and 3 applicants – Unofficial college transcripts showing minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 and STEM GPA of 3.0 in transferable courses.

  4. Copy of student’s educational plan signed by STEM Counselor (Marina Rueda and/or Patricia Reynaga)

  5. For Level 1 applicants: Two recommendation letters from a STEM high school teacher. (Sealed envelope)

    For Level 2 and 3 applicants: Two recommendation letters from a STEM faculty member (Sealed envelope)

  6. Complete MESA application, if not ELAC MESA member. MESA application can be found at

Women, underrepresented groups, and first-generation college students are especially encouraged to apply.