EOPS Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be a California resident
  2. Income Requirement
    1. CCPG A, B, or C with zero (0) EFC
      1. EOPS looks at a student's FAFSA or Dream Act application to verify income. Students receiving the California College Promise Grant (CCPG), type A or B, are eligible. If they are Type C, they must have a $0 estimated family contribution (EFC). So, although a student may receive the CCPG waiver, it doesn't guarantee EOPS eligibility.
  3. Be enrolled in 12 units (full-time enrollment)
    1. Students enrolled in 9 units or more may apply, but priority is given to full-time students. There is no unit requirement for DSPS students.
  4. Background Qualifiers
    1. Must meet one of the five background qualifiers.
  5. Academic Factors
    1. Cannot have earned a degree already
    2. Must have at least a 2.0 GPA
    3. Cannot have already completed more than 70 Associate degree applicable units
    4. If attended other college(s), will need to attach or email unofficial transcript(s) to application
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