Who We Are

Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) is a program designed to provide academic support and above-and-beyond services to help students reach their academic goal. Students enrolled in the EOPS program demonstrate that they have educational, economic, social, cultural, or language problems that interfere with their educational careers.

Our Services

Many students learn about EOPS because we offer book grant services to eligible students, but EOPS is a lot more than a book program. EOPS offers many services to help you succeed in your academic goals.


In order to be eligible for the EOPS program you must:

  • Be a California resident
  • Be enrolled in at least 12 units (full time) with 9 units at College of Alameda
  • Have less than 70 degree applicable credit coursework from Peralta or any other higher education institutions
  • Qualify to receive a Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver (BOGFW)
  • Have an educational disadvantage

In order to be eligible for the CARE program you must:

  • Be an EOPS student
  • Be a CalWORKs or TANF/AFDC participant (including those who are only receiving benefits for their children)
  • Have at least one child 14 years of age or younger
  • Be a single head of household

In order to apply for the EOPS program you must complete:

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver
  • A Math and English placement exam
  • Complete a College of Alameda EOPS application available in the EOPS office in the Administration Building Room 101
  • Once these 3 steps are completed you will receive notification of your application status. If approved, you will be directed to an EOPS orientation.

A student may be considered educationally disadvantaged if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Did not graduate from high school, pass the California High School Proficiency Examination, or obtain the General Education Diploma (GED)
  • Graduated from high school with a GPA of 2.49 or below
  • Does not qualify for the minimum level English or Mathematics course work required for an Associate degree
  • Was previously enrolled in remedial education courses
  • Is the first in his/her family to attend college
  • Is a foreign born resident with language difficulty
  • Is a foster youth, a former foster youth, or ward of the court
  • Meets other criteria considered relevant by the Program Director


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