Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is a state-funded program designed to encourage the enrollment, retention, and transfer of students challenged by language, social, economic and educational barriers, and to facilitate the successful completion of their goals in college.


To be eligible, a student must fulfill each of the following:

  • Be a California resident or AB540 eligible, as determined by the Admissions & Records Office.
  • Be enrolled or plan to enroll in no less than 9 units* each fall and spring semester (exceptions apply to students participating in DSPS.)
  • Have fewer than 70 degree-applicable units completed from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Be eligilbe for the California College Promise Grant or CCPG A or B (formerly known as the Board of Governors Fee Waiver or BOGFW.)
  • Demonstrate an educational disadvantage as defined by completing the EOPS application.


How Do I Know If I Am Eligible for the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) A or B?

Prior to applying to EOPS, you must apply for the 2020/2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the 2020/2021 CA Dream Act, whichever is applicable to you. By completing this application, the Financial Aid Office at SBVC will determine your eligibility for the CCPG A or B.


 What Does It Mean to Be Considered Educationally Disadvantaged?

EOPS Title 5 Implementing Guidelines list the following as criteria that would deem a student educationally disadvantaged. Students must meet at least one of the criteria in order to be considered eligible for EOPS:

  • The student did not earn their high school diploma, GED or H.S. proficiency.
  • The student's high school cumulative GPA is less than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The student must provide their high school transcript to confirm this.
  • The student was previously enrolled in basic skills/ remedial level math or English courses either in high school or in college. The student must provide high school or college transcripts to confirm this.
  • The student is a first-generation college student, where neither of the student's parents or their legal guardian did not successfully attend and complete college.
  • The student is a former or current foster youth.
  • The student's primary language spoken in the student's home is not English.
  • The student is a member of an underrepresented group targeted by SBVC's student equity goals.


I'm Interested! Where Do I Start?

  • Complete an EOPS application during open application periods.
  • Apply for financial aid by way of FAFSA or CA Dream Act.
  • Turn in "ALL" necessary documents with your EOPS application.
      • Registration statement showing a zero balance.
      • Transcripts from other colleges/universities you have previously attended.
      • High school transcripts, if needed to confirm less than 2.5 high school GPA.
      • Reduced course load letter from Disabled Students Program & Services (DSPS) if you plan to enroll in less than 12 units.
  • Attend a mandatory orientation once you are determined to potentially meet eligibility requirements.

*Due to COVID-19, current relief of mandates from the CCC Chancellor's Office allow EOPS Programs to accept new students to the program who are in at least 9 units. In "normal" times, new EOPS students must be enrolled in at least 12 units, unless participants of the DSPS Progam.