How to Join - Pre-Matriculation Program Participants


Application: Closed, please check back Spring 2020


Pre-Matriculation Program Information:

  • Get ready for graduate school in our 4-week (120 hour) pre-matriculation program!
  • Learn to navigate graduate school while sharpening your writing and critical thinking skills. Western University students will participate in a science-intensive program (SPaRC).
  • $2,000 stipend for completing the program. Limited spots available.


Minimum Eligibility Criteria to Apply to for the Pre-Matriculation Program:

  • Accepted into a linkage partner graduate program in allied health(1) OR a former member of the California State University, Fullerton Allied Health Academy who is accepted into another graduate program.
  • Graduating Spring 2019 or recently graduated from California State University, Fullerton.
  • U.S. Citizen, non-citizen national, or foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States.(2)
  • Low-income background.(3)
  • First generation college student(4) OR from a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in graduate education.(5)

1. Linkage partner graduate programs are as follows:

  • Western University of Health Sciences Doctor of Physical Therapy,
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills Master of Occupational Therapy,
  • California State University, Long Beach Master of Social Work,
  • California State University, Los Angeles Master of Social Work,
  • University of California, Irvine Master of Public Health,
  • California State University, Fullerton Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Master of Science in Counseling, or Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders.

2. Individuals with temporary or student visas (e.g., F-1, J-1) are not eligible to participate.
3. Proof of income must be provided through a Student Aid Report (SAR) form for the current academic year. ( How to View Student Aid Report) Individuals meet the criteria for low-income background if their 2018 annual family income does not exceed the following guidelines.
4. First-generation college student is defined as a student whose parents did not graduate with a bachelor's degree or higher from the United States before the student started middle school.
5. The following ethnic and racial groups are considered underrepresented in graduate education: Black (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Southeast Asian, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.


2019 Poverty Guidelines (200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines)
Persons in family/household Family Income
1 $24,980
2 $33,820
3 $42,660
4 $51,500
5 $60,340
6 $69,180
7 <$78,020
8 $86,860
For each additional person, add $8,840

SOURCE: Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 47, March 11, 2019, pp. 8729-8730