EOPS Eligibility Requirements

  • Current EOPS eligibility requires that all applicants meet the low income guidelines. These guidelines are not intended to exclude disadvantaged students, but to identify and give priority to the most financially needy applicants. Sample income guidelines may vary per academic year.
  • Applicant must be a California resident
  • Applicant must enroll in a minimum of 12 units in the first semester of acceptance on EOPS
  • Applicant must be educationally disadvantaged which will be determined by EOPS staff based on Title V regulations
  • Applicant cannot have completed more than 70 Associate Degree applicable units and there is a 6 semester limitation once enrolled in the program
  • Applicants must submit all required documents to the Financial Aid Office before EOPS grants can be awarded
  • Eligible and accepted applicants must adhere to program requirements
Learn more about the CARE program eligibility requirements.


How long can you be in the program? Once you have been accepted into the EOP&S program and continue to follow your Mutual Responsibility Contract, you do not have to reapply every semester. EOPS will service you until you have completed one of the following (whichever of the three comes first):

What is an "economic disadvantage"?

  • EOP&S is for low-income students. We call this an "Economic Disadvantage." Students must qualify for the Board of Governor Grant fee waiver to be eligible for EOP&S. Students apply for the fee waiver through the Financial Aid department

EOPS/CARE is for students with an "educational disadvantage."

A student may be considered educationally disadvantaged if the student meets one of the following criteria:
  • Did not graduate from high school, pass the California High School Proficiency Examination, or obtain the General Education Diploma (GED)
  • Graduated from high school with a GPA of 2.49 or below
  • Does not qualify for the minimum level English or Mathematics course work required for an Associate degree
  • Was previously enrolled in remedial education courses
  • Is the first in his/her family to attend college
  • Is a foreign born resident with language difficulty
  • Is a foster youth, a former foster youth, or ward of the court
  • Meets other criteria considered relevant by the Program Coordinator