EOPS Eligibility Requirements

EOPS graduating students

To qualify for EOPS, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a California resident or meet AB 540/California Dream Act requirements
  • Be enrolled in 12 units/full-time at the time of acceptance into EOPS with the majority of units at Golden West College (Exception: verified NextUp and/or DSPS students)
  • Must qualify for California College Promise Grant (CCPG A or B) or CCPG C with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0 determined by the FAFSA
  • Must have less than 40 transferable units completed at all colleges or universities attended

In addition, students must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Placed in a remedial Math or English course
  • Did not graduate from high school or earn a General Education Diploma (GED)
  • Graduated from high school with a grade point average below 2.50
  • Have parent(s) who are non-native English speakers
  • Are a first-generation college student
  • Are a member of an underrepresented group
  • Are a single parent (see CARE program)
  • Are a current or former foster youth (see NextUp/Guardian Scholars program)

How to Apply for EOPS

  1. Complete a Golden West College Admissions Application
  2. Complete a Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA). Students who are not able to complete a FAFSA should submit a California College Promise Grant (CCPG). Students who are AB540 students should complete a California Dream Act Application.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all previously attended college, besides OCC and CCC, to Admissions and Records
  4. Complete an EOPS/CARE/NextUp/Guardian Scholars Program Application
  5. Eligible students will receive an invitation to attend a mandatory EOPS Orientation by email, mail and/or phone. Welcome to the EOPS program!

The EOPS/CARE/NextUp/Guardian Scholars program accepts applications on
an ongoing basis. Apply online NOW or download [PDF] version of the application