EOPS is a state funded program designed to recruit and retain low-income students who are educationally disadvantaged. The program provides services over and above and in addition to those offered by financial aid, tutoring, counseling, and other college Student Services programs.

EOPS Program Services & Benefits
Book Awards* (to eligible students) Transfer Assistance (including UC/CSU application fee waivers)
Priority Registration Letters of Recommendation
Counseling Graduation Cap and Gowns*
Tutoring* Associated Students Organization (A.S.O.) Fee Waivers*
Peer Advisement Parking Permit Fee Waivers*
Book Loan Library* EOPS/CARE Scholarships*
Academic and Personal Enhancement Workshops Scholarship Application Assistance
*Dependent upon program funding

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Information Video

Learn more about EOPS by watching the following video

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Program Qualification

Quick Checklist for EOPS eligibility

(please read below for detailed eligibility requirements):

  • Must be enrolled in at least 12 units (3 units for summer) or provide a letter from Special Programs and Services if fewer units are to be taken
  • Must have completed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or Dream Act Application and/or at minimum complete an application and qualify for a California College Promise Grant (type A or B)
  • Can not have completed more than 70 degree-applicable college units

Household and Total Family Income

To qualify for EOPS, a student must demonstrate an economic disadvantage by filing either a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California College Promise Grant through the Financial Aid Office, and fall within the following income guidelines:

2022 – 2023 California College Promise Grant Type B Income Standards

Family Size
Base Year Income
Each Additional Family Member

Educational Disadvantage

Also, to qualify for EOPS student must demonstrate an educational disadvantage by:

  • having been enrolled or placed in a remedial English and/or math course, or having enrolled in a transfer level English and/or math course with concurrent enrollment in a support course, or
  • having not graduated from high school nor earned a GED, or
  • being a high school graduate with a cumulative high school grade point average less than 2.5, or
  • having taken remedial classes previously, or
  • being a first generation college student, or
  • coming from a household where English was not the primary language spoken in the home, or
  • being a member of an ethnic group that is under-served on the Harbor College campus according to Student Equity goals, or
  • being an emancipated foster youth.

Unit Enrollment

Finally, to be eligible for EOPS a student must be enrolled in 9 or more units for Fall/Spring; 3 or more units for summer, unless qualified to receive a unit waiver from Special Programs and Services, have not completed more than 70 degree applicable units cumulative, and be a resident of California. Unofficial transcripts must be submitted with application.

CARE & NextUp Eligibility

CARE Program Eligibility

If you are a single parent of a child 18 years of age or younger and are receiving CalWORKs/TANF benefits, you may be eligible for the CARE Program.

NextUp Eligibility

If you are a current or former foster youth 24 years old or younger who was in Foster Care at age 16, please see our NextUp (CAFYES) Program webpage for information about this program tailored to serve foster youth.

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Student Highlight

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