About EOPS

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The Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) program is a state-funded program of support services which are designed to be above and beyond the scope of other services offered by the college.

These services are specifically designed for students who are economically and educationally disadvantaged.

History of EOPS

In 1969, the late State Senator Alfred Alquist (D-San Jose) authored Assembly Bill 164/69, which allocated state funds to create the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) in the California Community College system. This legislation made available state funding to develop programs which would provide community college access to thousands of students disadvantaged by social, economic or linguistic circumstances.

What services does EOPS offer Students?

Academic Counseling Services

  • Assessment of educational history
  • Academic advisement related to certificate programs, associate degree requirements and university transfer programs
  • Personal counseling

Academic Support Services

  • Textbook and Supply vouchers
  • 1st Day Priority Registration
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Assistance Grants
  • Tutoring services
  • Cap, Gown, and Tassel voucher for graduates
  • Student Health Fee
  • EOPS Swag

Transfer Services

  • University admissions fee waivers
  • University transfer-related workshops
  • University campus tours


How do I qualify for EOPS?

Before a student is declared eligible for the EOPS Program the student must qualify the following criteria:

  1. Qualify to receive the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) A, B, D, or C with less than or equal to $0 Student Aid Index (SAI). Apply for FAFSA/CA Dream Act
  2. Be enrolled in 12 units; waiting list classes will not count (unit exceptions may be available for DSPS participant, speak to an EOPS staff member for details).
  3. Have completed less than 70-degree applicable units, including transfer units from previously attended college.
  4. Be educationally disadvantaged as determined by EOPS Regulations. (must qualify under at least one):
    • Assessment into a basic skills Math, English, or ESL course, or have taken remedial courses
    • Not have graduated from high school or obtained the General Education Diploma (GED)
    • Graduated from high school with a less than 2.50 GPA (student must submit an unofficial high school transcript with EOPS application, the transcript will not be returned).
    • Special Admissions includes first-generation college students, ESL, recently emancipated Foster Youth and underrepresented groups.





Students can apply for all three programs using a single application, which filters them to the appropriate opportunities!

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