Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Cooperative Resources Agencies for Education (CARE) extends the opportunity of attending higher education to those from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We not only strive to increase access to college but to commit resources to the retention of these underrepresented groups. Our staff is committed to working with each student so that they can reach their educational, career, and life goals.
Interested in EOPS/CARE?
Note: This information pertains to video appointments. However, some in-person services will be offered on a limited basis by appointment in Fall 2021. See the Reopening page for in-person appointment information listed by department.
Video appointments with EOPS/CARE counselors may be scheduled online up to two weeks in advance. Please plan ahead. Appointments fill up quickly, so schedule early for the best choice of days and times.
Appointments are scheduled during open office hours.
Please note: Counselors for the EOPS, CARE, NextUp and Guardian Scholars programs are only available to serve students who are active in these programs. Students not in these programs will be redirected to the General Counseling link or phone number, so that the appropriate appointment can be made.
These appointments are conducted entirely online, from wherever you are. They do not involve an office visit.
- A desktop or laptop computer works best. Smart phones and tablets may work, but are limited in what they can do.
- A working webcam.
- A working microphone.
- Web browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari (desktop or iOS) required, or a smartphone with the Zoom or ConexED app downloaded. Internet Explorer is not compatible.
Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) provides support services to students meeting specific educational and economic criteria, as well as students from underrepresented groups.
Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the EOPS program:
- Be registered for 12 units (some students with exceptional conditions may be accepted at a reduced load)
- Qualify to receive the California College Promise Grant (formerly BOG Fee Waiver, A or B)
- Undocumented students who are eligible for AB540 and the California College Promise Grant may apply for EOPS. To apply for the California College Promise Grant, fill out the California DREAM Act application. Please note: CA College Promise Grant does NOT have a March 2nd deadline; students may continue to apply throughout the academic year.
- Undocumented Students who need assistance in completing the AB540 form or who need more information can make an appointment with the CRC Dream Center.
- Have not completed more than 60 degree-applicable college units from any college or universities that you have attended.
- Submit an application to the EOPS program
- Meet one of the following criteria:
- Be a first-generation college student
- Guided self placement/assessment results in below college level English/math or placement in ESL Classes
- Have a high school GPA below 2.5
- Did not graduate high school or pass the high school proficiency exam (GED)
EOPS offers a variety of services:
- Priority registration (first to register for courses)
- Academic advising, personal counseling, career guidance, and peer support
- Transfer information
- Application fee waiver at California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC)
- Book voucher
- Case management and progress reports
- Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) Program
- Tutoring Services
Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) is a state-funded program which provides students with academic and personal counseling, career planning, peer support and tutoring, workshops, financial aid in child care and transportation, and meal vouchers.
To be eligible, students must be:
- Accepted to the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) program
- A single head of household receiving CalWORKs/TANF/AFDC
- A parent of at least one child age 18 years or under (at time of acceptance into the CARE program)
- A California resident or eligible for AB 540
- At least 18 years of age
- Registered for a minimum of 12 units (unless stated by DSPS) with a vocational or academic objective