Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is intended to help students disadvantaged by social, economic, educational, or linguistic barriers get the resources needed to enroll and succeed at Evergreen Valley College. EOPS provides guidance and support in order to help students achieve their academic, career, and personal goals. EOPS participants have access to priority registration, comprehensive academic counseling, financial aid and scholarships, book vouchers, and more.
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EOPS students who are single parents receiving public assistance may be eligible to access the CARE Program (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education). The CARE Program offers additional support in order to help students transition from welfare dependency through education, training, and skills needed for self-sufficiency and success. CARE students have access to priority registration, meal vouchers, financial aid grant, book voucher, gas vendor cards, and more.
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NextUp is another EOPS program intended to serve current and former foster youth students. NextUp offers intentional support and resources to help foster youth students gain confidence, community, and student success. NextUp students have access to priority registration, financial aid grants and scholarships, holistic academic and career counseling, book voucher, gas vendor cards, overall basic needs support, and more.
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- Calculator and textbook loans
- Priority registration
- Transfer scholarships
- Useful workshops
- And help paying for things like school supplies and transfer applications.
It also hosts some pretty cool activities, including university visits around the state, links with financial aid, financial literacy workshops, and other workshops that really help you towards getting your degree in college.
And—maybe most important of all—it offers regular chances to connect one-on-one with your educational counselors. That can be a real advantage when it comes to understanding the college, getting higher grades, and transfer to a 4-year university.
Thanks to all that support, EOPS students are more likely to succeed than they otherwise would have been. For example, in recent years, EOPS students have been as much as 20% more likely than other students to stay in school.
To use EOPS services, you have to be:
- A California resident
- Enrolled in 12 or more units
- Eligible for the California Promise Grant
- And have less than 70 degree-applicable units.
You also need to identify yourself as having at least one of these educational disadvantages:
- Being a first-generation college student
- Placing below college level English or math
- Speaking English as your second language
- Have a high school GPA below 2.5
- Or not having a high school diploma or GED at all
But, the application is a lot easier than you would think. Almost everything is self-reported, so you won’t need a high school transcript or tax forms.
Just do the following (if you haven’t, already):
- Apply to attend Evergreen Valley College, here
- Apply for the California Promise Grant fee waiver, here
- Submit all transcripts from any colleges you have previously attended to the Admissions & Records Office. (If you can’t get an official transcript because you owe fees, an unofficial one will work for now.)
- Complete and submit the EOPS/CARE/NEXTUP Application, here: If you require a hard copy application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please Note: There is a one week turn around on application submissions, you should hear back from an EOPS staff member about your status within a week.
If you need help or have any questions about EOPS or how to apply, come by the EOPS/CARE office, or give us a call. We’d be happy to help!
Student Services Building,
1st Floor: room SC-118
Mon - Thurs: 8 AM- 5PM
Friday: 8 AM- 1PM
Teresa De La Cruz, M.A.
Director of Special Programs
If you’re an EOPS student who is also unmarried, the parent of a child under 14 years old, the head of your household, and receiving TANF/CalWORKs benefits, you might also qualify for the Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program.
CARE gives students even more extra support, like meal cards, regional retreats and even more help with things EOPS does not cover, like transportation (gas cards) and school supplies.
It also offers personal development workshops, which can help you gain skills important for school, your career, and life in general.
If you’d like to sign up or have any questions about CARE, come by the EOPS/CARE + CalWORKs office or give us a call. We’d be happy to help you get started!
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