EOPS semester eligibility requirements


For new students

In order to be eligible for EOPS, new applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a California resident
  • Be enrolled full-time (12.0 or more units)*
  •  
    Qualify to receive the California Promise Grant (formerly known as the Board of Governors Fee Waiver or BOG Waiver)
  • Have earned fewer than 70 degree-applicable college units 
  • Be impacted by an educational disadvantage as determined by EOPS state guidelines

*Foster youth and parent students may qualify with 9-11.9 units. Unit exceptions may also be made for students with disabilities who are enrolled in the Disability Support Services program.

In order to remain in good standing with EOPS, new EOPS students must:

  • Complete at least 67 percent of enrolled units and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • Complete two scheduled EOPS counseling visits each semester in the Counseling Center (drop-in visits do NOT count). Must be at least two weeks apart.


Counseling appointments may be scheduled over the phone or in person with 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.

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 at least one drop-in peer advising visit each semester in the EOPS Office.
  • Complete mid-semester EOPS progress reports and return to an EOPS counselor for review by the stated deadline.

For continuing student

Book voucher and study-time grant recipients must:

  • Enroll in 6.0 or more units each semester to be eligible to receive a book voucher. Exceptions may be made for students with disabilities.
  • Complete at least 67 percent of enrolled units and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • Complete two scheduled EOPS counseling visits each semester in the Counseling Center (drop-in visits do NOT count).

Counseling appointments may be scheduled over the phone or in person with 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.

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 at least one drop-in peer advising visit each semester in the EOPS Office.
  • Complete mid-semester EOPS progress reports and return to an EOPS counselor for review by the stated deadline.
  • Have a completed financial aid file to receive grants (must be updated each year)

Services only students (not receiving a book voucher or study-time grants) must:

  • Enroll in 3.0 or more units each semester.
  • Complete at least 67 percent of enrolled units and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • Complete two scheduled EOPS counseling visits each semester in the Counseling Center.

Counseling appointments may be scheduled over the phone or in person with 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.

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 at least one drop-in peer advising visit each semester in the EOPS Office.
  • Complete mid-semester EOPS progress reports and return to an EOPS counselor for review by the stated deadline.