EOPS Application Process

Spring 2018 EOPS applications no longer being accepted

The Spring 2018 New EOPS Application Period has now closed. However, EOPS will be opening up a limited number of slots for new applicants for the Fall 2018 semester. Please check our website late April/early May or sign up on our application email list in the EOPS office to receive up-to-date information about the upcoming application period. The EOPS program is a highly impacted program. Only eligible students will be offered a space on a first-come, first-served basis based on need and state guidelines for EOPS eligibility.

Eligible EOPS students, who are single parents who are participating in CalWORKs/TANF may also apply for the CARE Program. The CARE application is the same as EOPS and will be available at the same time we begin accepting EOPS applications. If you are a potential CARE student or would like more information, please contact the EOPS Office.

In order to apply for EOPS, you must complete the following steps during the application period and before submitting an application:

1)  Enroll in at least 12.0 units (Note: DSS students may submit a DSS certification to enroll in fewer than 12.0 units. Also, parent students or former foster youth may enroll in 9.0 - 11.9 units)

If you are a former or current foster youth, please contact Mercedes Lezama, START Foster Youth Program Coordinator 925-969-2203 (mlezama@dvc.edu), for assistance with EOPS or to get information about foster youth support programs on campus.

2)  Submit the Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver (BOGW) to the Financial Aid Office and allow at least 48 hours for processing. You must be deemed eligible for the BOGW in order to be eligible for EOPS.  If you are an undocumented student, please contact Phoebe Keesey, Financial Aid Program Coordinator, at 925-969-2214 (pkeesey@dvc.edu), if you have questions about your BOG fee waiver eligibility or other financial aid.

3)  Submit official (sealed/unopened) transcripts from other colleges attended to the DVC Admissions and Records Office.

Once the three steps above have been completed, you may submit a completed EOPS Application to the EOPS Office in person.

We also recommend students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for EOPS work-study or CARE study-time parent grants. Completion of the FAFSA is highly recommended but not required for EOPS eligibility.

Complete the CARE program application for potential CARE students. CARE applicants must also be eligible for the EOPS program. CARE applicants must submit a copy of their most current Notice of Action (dated within one month of the start of the semester), attend a new CARE student orientation, and meet additional CARE eligibility requirements. 

The EOPS Office will communicate with you via your DVC Insite Portal email regarding your eligibility for the EOPS and CARE programs.

Space is limited each semester. Eligible students who are offered a space in the program must attend an EOPS New Student Orientation and complete a 2-6 semester Educational Plan with an EOPS counselor prior to officially joining EOPS and receiving EOPS or CARE services.

Each semester, EOPS students must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet with an EOPS Peer Advisor once each semester. EOPS students do not need an appointment to see a peer advisor. Drop in to the EOPS Office. Beginning Monday, February 5, 2018, the schedule for peer visits for the spring semester is as follows:
    Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Note: EOPS peer visits are not guaranteed during the last two weeks of the semester so plan to complete your peer visit no later than Friday, May 11, 2018.

  • Meet with an EOPS/CARE Counselor twice each semester for scheduled counseling visits. You may schedule a counseling appointment in person or over the phone at the EOPS/CARE Office or Counseling Center. Be sure when you are scheduling an appointment with the Counseling Center to identify yourself as an EOPS student and schedule with one of the EOPS/CARE counselors listed below.

NOTE: Counseling appointments may also be scheduled online through e-SARS. However, please be aware appointments with full-time EOPS counselors, Alicia Brizzi and Paula Stanfield, are not available online. If you would like to see either Alicia or Paula, please schedule directly with the EOPS Office or Counseling Center.

  • Complete required units (67 percent of enrolled units) with a 2.0 GPA.
  • Complete one mid-semester EOPS Progress Reports for each class and submit to an EOPS counselor for review by the established deadline.

Counseling appointments with other college counselors regarding non-EOPS matters are allowable. However, these appointments will not count as a required EOPS counseling visit.

EOPS Counselors:

Jamie Bailey (can also see EOPS student athletes)
Alicia Brizzi
Yvonne Canada (Umoja students only)
Valarie Carey (can also see EOPS START students)
Lupe Dannels (Puente students only)
Maria Dorado
Raine Dougan
Shaeehea Hollis
Christie Jamshidnejad
Paula Stanfield

CARE Counselors:

CARE students may see any EOPS counselor for a scheduled EOPS/CARE visit.

DSS Counselors:

Kellie Conde
Nicole Despins
Carolyn Warren - San Ramon Campus

DSS students may see the DSS counselors listed above for a scheduled EOPS/CARE visit.

San Ramon Campus Counselor:

Carolyn Warren

For more information, please call the EOPS Office, located on the first floor of the Student Services Center, Room 127 on the DVC Pleasant Hill Campus at 925-969-2117 or 925-969-2123.