Spring 2024

EOPS/CARE and Foster Youth Services 

Program Application


Please Note: Continuing EOPS students at ECC do not have to reapply every semester.

Fall 2024 Applicants: Complete our EOPS Interest Form to receive updates once our application opens. 

Thank you for your interest in the Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) at El Camino College. EOPS is dedicated to the delivery of a comprehensive program that encourages the enrollment, retention, and transfer of students who are challenged by language, social, economic, and educational disadvantages.

EOPS Eligibility Requirements:

  • CA Resident or AB 540 or AB 1899
  • Enrolled in at least 12 units when accepted into the EOPS program (exceptions may apply)
  • Have less than 70 degree-applicable units completed (including all colleges/universities)
  • Qualify for the California College Promise Grant (SBOG- Method A, B, or C with zero EFC).

Plus have an educational need in at least ONE of the following areas:

  • Not qualified for enrollment in the minimum level English or Mathematics course required for an associate degree
  • Not have graduated from high school or obtained a GED
  • High School graduate with a GPA below 2.5
  • Previous enrollment in remedial courses
  • Other factors as determined by the EOPS director (i.e. first-generation college student, English is not the primary language spoken at home, current or former foster youth, required to enroll in a supplemental course for English and/or Math)

Complete the following to avoid delays in the review of your EOPS application:

El CAMINO COLLEGE- Steps to Enrollment: www.elcamino.edu/admissions/steps/

UNIT Requirement: You must enroll in 12 units to be eligible for EOPS (exceptions apply, see below). You will be invited to an EOPS/CARE Program Orientation once you register for 12 units and meet program eligibility. Check MyECC for your registration appointment.

Special Resource Center (SRC) Participants Unit Exception: Students who receive services from the SRC must submit an EOPS/SRC Inter-Program Referral form noting the recommended number of units, which must be signed by an SRC representative. You can download the EOPS/SRC Inter-Program Referral form from our website: https://www.elcamino.edu/support/resources/eops/forms.aspx 

Full-time Unit Waiver (Limited Waivers Available): Students who are not able to complete a full-time course load (at least 12 units) in the Spring 2024 semester may receive a full-time unit waiver upon approval by an EOPS counselor. Students interested in a full-time unit waiver must enroll in 9-11.5 units and attend an EOPS Program Orientation to be considered. 

TRANSCRIPTS: If applicable, submit unofficial transcripts for all courses taken at other colleges.

Next steps to join EOPS and receive an EOPS Book Voucher, if eligible:

  • Eligible students will receive an email invitation to attend an EOPS/CARE Program Orientation. 
  • EOPS/CARE Program Orientations are scheduled from January through March 2024.
  • Check your El Camino College and personal email (entered on your application) beginning in July to register for an EOPS/CARE Program Orientation.
  • After attending the EOPS/CARE Program Orientation you will need to schedule an appointment to meet with an EOPS Counselor. Once your educational planning appointment is complete new eligible students will receive a book voucher to purchase books for Spring 2024. 

Students that are NextUP eligible will automatically be considered for EOPS. 

NextUP Program Eligibility

1. Be a current or former foster youth in California whose dependency was established on or after the youth's 13th birthday.

2. Be no older than 25 years of age at the commencement of any academic year in which the student first enrolls in the program.

3. Enroll in at least 9 units (or have an educational plan designed to move the student toward subsequent enrollment in at least 9 units). 


1. Name*
3. Gender (flip horizontally, if using cell phone)*
4. Do you currently have a permanent adress?*
4a. Address*

Example: (111)111-1111
8. Date of Birth*
9. Marital Status*
10. Do you have a High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) Certificate?*
11. Date/Year of High School Graduation*
Example: Month, Year
13. Did both of your parents complete a bachelor's degree?*
14. Is English the primary language spoken at home?*
15. When do you plan to start or when did you start your education at El Camino College?*
Example: Month, Year
Include international colleges/universities
17. Are you a former EOPS student participant at El Camino College?*
18. Did you complete a bachelor's degree or higher?*
Include international colleges/universities
19. Have you attended another college or university prior to attending El Camino College?*
Failure to disclose other colleges or universities attended may be grounds for rejection of this application and/or removal from the EOPS and CARE Programs at El Camino College.
20. Were you a former EOPS student participant at another college?*
Transcript(s) Upload: Since you selected "Yes" for questions 18, 19, and/or 20, please upload unofficial transcripts for colleges/universities listed to make a determination on eligibility. *
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22. Are you a current or former foster youth whose dependency was established or continued by a court?*
22a. Are you 25 years of age or younger?*
22b. Are you a current or former foster youth whose dependency was established or continued by a court on or after the age of 13? *
If available, please upload a copy of your Ward of the Court / Dependency letter. This field is optional as a NextUP staff member can work with you to obtain any necessary verification later.
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23. Are you a participant of the Special Resource Center?*
The Special Resource Center assists students with disabilities in their pursuit of a post-secondary education at El Camino College. Students who receive services from the Special Resource Center must submit an EOPS/SRC Inter-Program Referral form noting the recommended number of units and must be approved by an SRC representative. You can download the EOPS/SRC Inter-Program Referral form from our website: https://www.elcamino.edu/support/resources/eops/forms.aspx
23a. EOPS/SRC Inter-Program Referral Form Upload (Must be signed by an SRC representative)
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CARE Referral

A representative from the CARE program will contact students who may be eligible and request the appropriate documentation for acceptance into the CARE program. 

24. Are you a parent?*
25. Do you or your child(ren) currently receive CalWORKs/TANF cash aid?*
26. If yes, are you single head of household in your case?*

Applicant Survey

27. What is your availability to complete an EOPS Program Orientation?*
28. Do you have your own computer (desktop or laptop) at home that can support online instruction?*
29. Do you have internet access at home?*


29. Photo Release: I hereby grant the EOPS program permission to use my likeness in a photograph, video, or other digital media, in any and all of its publications, including web-based publications, without payment or other consideration.
Use your mouse or finger to draw your signature above

EOPS/CARE Intake Form

EOPS/CARE Intake Form

Was the student exited at the end of Fall 2023. Check the EOPS screen on colleague.
If yes, student will need to appeal. Do not complete the rest of the intake form, under EOPS Eligibility Determination select "Not Eligible", under comments enter "Needs to Appeal", and submit.
Income Eligibility
If student is not financially eligible do not complete the rest of the intake form, under EOPS Eligibility Determination select "Not Eligible", and submit.
Residency Status
SRC Unit Exemption- Verify SRC Staff Signature In Q# 23a
Upload: EOPS Eligibility Tracking Report Revised 20231120*
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Additional Documentation
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Educational Disadvantage
Require Counselor Review (Outside transcripts (check after Q#20a), applicants with over 40 completed units, and cannot determine educational need, must be reviewed by a counselor)
EOPS Eligibility Determination*
EOPS Staff Certification: I hereby certify the student's eligibility to participate in the EOPS program. *

Counselor Intake Review (If Applicable)

Counselor Intake Review (If Applicable)

Educational Disadvantage (Counselor Review: If could not be determined by EOPS Outreach Team)
Upload NCRS Screen*
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EOPS Eligibility Determination (Counselor Review)*
If unable to determine please select "Not Eligible".