Program Information

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 ATTENTION: We will be accepting Spring 2018 program admission applications beginning January 22, 2018.

  To qualify for EOPS program you must meet all the eligibility criteria outlined below:

  1. Must be a California resident as determined by GCC Admissions and Records Office
  2. Received a Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG waiver A or B) 
  3. Completed no more than 45 degree applicable units (including all course work completed at other colleges or universities) 
  4. Registered in 12 or more units at the time of application (wait listed units do not count) NOTE: Foster Youth students (9+ units); DSPS students (6+ with DSPS counselor verification) 
  5. Completed Math and English or Math and ESL assessment
  6. Demonstrate a disadvantage through one of the following:
    • Not qualified for English or Math required for the college degree (based on GCC assessment results)
    • No High School diploma or GED
    • HS GPA below 2.5
    • Have taken remedial courses
    • Use English as a second language
    • First generation college student
    • Emancipated foster youth
    • Member of college identified underrepresented group: African-American/Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic/Latino

Program Admissions Application Process Read more....

Reapplying to the program: EOPS students in good standing will be considered continuing EOPS students and do not need to reapply each semester, unless they do not register for one full semester. This does not apply to short sessions. If a student drops out of school for one full semester after being accepted into EOPS due to extenuating circumstances and leaves the program in good standing, he/she can reapply to the program if all the eligibility criteria are met at the time of application. For these students, the unit limitation will be extended to 70 degree applicable units. If, however, an EOPS student was exited from the program for non-compliance, the student may not re-apply.

Students on Probation: EOPS students who have a GPA below 2.0 or are placed on Progress Probation must complete a Probation Contract with their EOPS counselor and follow a set of conditions therein in order to maintain program eligibility.

Note: In order to fully benefit from EOPS services a student must complete 12 units each semester (Fall/Spring).
EOPS Students who register in less than 6.00 units in a single semester (Fall/Spring) without prior written authorization from their counselor, will be exited from the program after the add/drop deadline for 16 week classes. For the purposes of meeting this requirement, spring semester and winter intersession units cannot be combined. In cases of extenuating circumstances, student’s registration in less than 6.00 units must be authorized by the counselor and no more than 1 semester will be allowed for this exception.
Note: In order to fully benefit from EOPS services a student must submit FAFSA application by set deadlines and follow-up with the Financial Aid office to turn in all the required paperwork to ensure his/her financial aid is processed in a timely manner.

Continued eligibility requires adherence to EOPS mutual responsibility contract below:

EOPS student responsibility

  1. Meet with an EOPS counselor to establish an educational goal and to develop a Student Educational Plan (SEP).
  2. Follow my Student Educational Plan (SEP) and the Mutual Responsibility Contract.
  3. Have a signed EOPS study list for each term of attendance.
  4. Enroll in and successfully complete 12 units per semester to be considered for all program services.
  5. Maintain a satisfactory academic progress toward my educational goal (Min.2.0 GPA & not on any type of probation). If placed on probation follow probation contract requirements outlined by EOPS counselor.
  6. Meet with an EOPS counselor or designated EOPS advisor at least 3 times each semester (Fall/Spring), and 1 time during each intersession (Winter/Summer) if registered.
  7. Provide all the necessary income documentation to establish and maintain EOPS and Financial Aid eligibility.
  8. Successfully complete Student Development 100 (St.Dv. 100) within two terms of acceptance into the program.
  9. Set up my free GCC student email account, and check my emails from EOPS office on a regular basis.
  10. Read EOPS website information on a regular basis for updates on EOPS program policies and services.
  11. Participate in advisement workshops, group counseling, basic skills instruction, transfer services, career and employment services, supplemental instruction (SI) and tutoring as recommended.
  12. Notify the EOPS office of any changes in my class schedule, name, address, or telephone number, or of any extenuating circumstances that may necessitate my withdrawal from classes or may affect my continued enrollment status with GCC.
  13. Authorize the EOPS program to share my name, student ID, and book voucher amount with the bookstore for the purposes of expediting and monitoring EOPS book services provided to EOPS students.
  14. Authorize the EOPS program to access my academic/financial records for the purposes of participation in the program.

Limitations on Eligibility: EOPS students may NOT exceed six semesters of continuous participation with EOPS. The program will monitor student eligibility status and will perform a program status review for continued program eligibility when student is close to the six-semester limit. I understand that failure to meet the terms of the mutual responsibility contract may result in my exclusion from the program before I reach the six-semester limit.

EOPS may recommend or provide the following services

  • Intake Counseling
  • Academic Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Improving College Performance Workshops
  • Job/Career Planning Course (St.Dv.125)
  • Academic Counseling
  • Financial Aid Workshops
  • Preparation of Student Educational Plan (SEP)
  • Book Vouchers and Grants
  • Preparation of Study List for Each Term of Attendance
  • Student Progress Monitoring
  • CARE Program Services
  • Tutoring
  • University Transfer Services
  • Priority Registration
  • College Orientation Course for Incoming Students (St.Dv.100)
  • Improving College Performance Course (St.Dv.141)
  • Emergency Loans

Note: Services may vary year to year depending upon other services available on campus and budget.

ATTENTION!!! EOPS financial assistance may be available to EOPS students who in addition to meeting all EOPS program entrance and continued eligibility requirements are also income eligible based on students’ remaining financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office. All EOPS awards are contingent upon EOPS Program funding availability.