EOPS Welcome


What is EOPS?

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is a state-funded program which offers educational support services and grants to students who have historically experienced economic, social, or language barriers and who are often within the first generation in their families to attend college.

Students participating in EOPS will engage in a series of activities and services designed to strengthen skills necessary to achieve personal and academic success as they complete a certificate, degree or transfer program. 


EOPS Services

Services of eligible students include the following: 

  • Book and required course material vouchers
  • Gas and Transportation Financial Assistance
  • Meal Cards
  • School Supplies
  • Access to the EOPS Lending Library
  • Student Grants
  • Priority registration
  • Personalized Academic Counseling
  • University Transfer Assistance and Fee Waivers


EOPS Eligibility 

To apply to the EOPS program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a California resident, AB540 student or Dream Act student
  • Have completed less than 70 Associate level units.
  • Enrolled in 12 units during your first semester in EOPS. (On a very limited basis, students in unique situations are permitted to enter EOPS with 9 units. Additionally, exceptions are made for students enrolled in Disabled Students Programs and Services, DSPS.)
  • Qualify for a Board of Governors Grant (i.e., California College Promise Grant, also formerly known as BOG fee waiver) under Method A, B, C with $0 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or D “Homeless Youth”.
  • Have an Educational Disadvantage.  You need only ONE of the below educational disadvantages:
    1. First generation college student (neither of your parents received a Bachelor’s degree)
    2. Belong to one of these populations: African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, American Indian, LGBTQIA+
    3. High school GPA was below 2.5 (high school transcripts must be on file)
    4. Student was enrolled in remedial education in high school or college (transcript must be on file)
    5. Student did not graduate from high school, nor received a GED
    6. Current or former foster youth
    7. Primary language spoken in the home is/was not English
    8. Eligible for basic skills Math or English class. 


Applying to EOPS

To apply for EOPS, you must be a current Columbia College student. Once you submit your application, the EOPS team will review qualifications and notify you of your eligibility. Please allow time for processing. We look forward to partnering with you on your journey to academic success!


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For additional information about EOPS, please call 209.588.5130

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