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What is EOPS?

The Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is a state-funded program designed to provide financial assistance, support, and encouragement for eligible low-income students.

What can EOPS do for me?

The following services are available to eligible students:

  • Book grants
  • Cash grants
  • Registration assistance
  • Peer advising
  • Career, academic, and personal counseling
  • Workshops
  • Annual social activities
  • Network with four-year institutions
  • Assistance with completing financial aid applications

Who qualifies for EOPS?

To qualify, a student must:

  • Be a California resident
  • Qualify for the Board of Governors’ Fee Waiver (BOG-FW A/B)
  • Be enrolled full time (12 units or more)
  • Have completed less than 70 units of college credit courses
  • Be educationally disadvantaged as determined by the EOPS criteria

Criteria for determining eligibility for BOG-FW 2016-2017 is:

Number in
Household
Total Family
income

1
2
3
4
 5 

$17,655
$23,895
$30,135
$36,375
$42,615

For each additional household member add: $6,090

How do I apply for EOPS?

  1. Click HERE for Application OR come to the EOPS office in bldg. A for an application
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by going online to www.fafsa.gov

How do I know if I am eligible for EOPS?

Once your EOPS application has been processed the EOPS office will send an e-mail to your myHancock e-mail account notifying you of your eligibility status. Your application will not be processed until all required documents are received. 

 

SANTA MARIA -

If you are a current EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs/CAFYES student you are eligible to schedule an appointment with an EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs/CAFYES Counselor or sign up for an EOPS Activity in Santa Maria.

 

LOMPOC -

If you are a current EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs/CAFYES student you are eligible to schedule an appointment with an EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs/CAFYES Counselor or sign up for an EOPS Activity in Lompoc.

 

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Last Modified Aug 19, 2016