Eligibility for EOPS/CARE

EOPS Eligibility

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

  1. Be a resident of California, as defined by the Education Code.

  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 40 degree applicable units in any combination of post-secondary higher education institutions. Students who have attended other colleges/universities must submit an unofficial transcript from each institution with your EOPS application (transcripts will not be returned).

  4. Qualify to receive the California College Promise Grant (Formerly BOG Fee Waiver), A and B or C if EFC = 0

  5. 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).

    • Previously enrolled in remedial classes

    • Special Admissions includes first-generation college students, ESL, recently emancipated Foster Youth and underrepresented groups 


CARE Eligibility

  1. Be eligible for EOPS.

  2. Be 18 years of age or older.

  3. Be a single parent/head of household.

  4. Be a custodial parent of one or more children.

  5. At least one dependent child is a current recipient of AFDC/TANF/ CalWORKs cash aid.

  6. Be enrolled in 12 or more units each semester (Waiver available).

  7. Be enrolled in an educational program of study leading to a vocational/technical training certificate, associate degree, or university transfer program.

  8. The CARE Guidance courses (GUID 18A, 18B & 18C) are required for CARE students.


NextUp Eligibility

  1. Current or Former California foster youth

  2. Verified Foster Care Placement on or after 13th birthday.

    • Please provide a Ward of the Court letter upon application.

    • A copy can be obtained from the Foster Care Ombudsman.

    • Call: (877) 846-1602 or Email: fosteryouthhelp@dss.ca.gov

  3. Less than 26 years old

  4. Enroll in at least 9 units.

    • May enroll in at least 1 class, but Student Education Plan (SEP) must show that the student will enroll toward 9 units in future semesters.

  5. Current California Resident