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Eligibility for EOPS Services

The mission of EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services) at Santa Monica College is to assist eligible students who have historically experienced economic and educational challenges. To increase access, retention and goal completion, EOPS provides the following services:

  • Academic, career, personal and transfer counseling
  • Priority registration
  • Textbook vouchers
  • Educational, transfer and career development workshops​
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Educational and cultural activities
  • Application fee waivers to four-year institutions
  • And much more!


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be a resident of California, or AB540 designated.
  2. Be educationally disadvantaged through one or more of the following criteria:
    • NOT eligible for Math 20 and/or English 1, according to placement scores
    • NOT a high school graduate nor completed the GED
    • Have a high school GPA below 2.5
    • Been previously enrolled in remedial courses in high school and/or college
    • Be an emancipated foster youth (former foster care youth)
    • Be a first generation college student
    • Be a non-native English speaker
  3. Apply and receive a Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver, Method A or B.
  4. Have full-time enrollment (12+ units) in a program leading towards a career/technical certificate, associate degree or transfer to a four-year institution.
  5. Have less than 45 associate degree-applicable units from all colleges attended.
  6. Be in good academic standing.


Application Process (during application periods only)

We welcome you to apply for EOPS if you meet the eligibility criteria above. Just follow these three (3) easy steps and you'll be on your way:
  • Apply and receive the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (Method A or B).
  • Complete the Math and English assessment tests.
  • Complete and submit the EOPS application (available in the EOPS/CARE Office, Room 104) in the Student Services Building). If you have attended another college, please submit an unofficial transcript for every college attended.

Students will be notified of their acceptance or denial through the college issued e-mail account. Admission to EOPS is limited and based on the number of continuing students that return to EOPS each year. Students accepted into EOPS will be required to attend an EOPS orientation in order to receive services. 

The next open application period begins on June 1, 2015 to enter the program for the Fall 2015 semester.


Disclaimer: EOPS reserves the right to reverse an admission decision if at a later time new information becomes available rendering the student ineligible.