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Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

The EOPS program's primary goal is to encourage the enrollment, retention and transfer of students disadvantaged by language, social, economic and educational circumstances, and to facilitate the successful completion of their goals and objectives in college. EOPS offers academic and support counseling, financial aid and other support services.

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) Program

The CARE program was established by the State of California to help welfare recipients become convinced that they and their children are important, that they are capable, and that with proper support they can break the welfare dependency cycle through education and job training. CARE is a supplemental component of EOPS that specifically assists EOPS students, who are single heads of welfare households with young children, by offering supportive services so they are able to acquire the education, training and marketable skills needed to transition from welfare-dependency to employment and eventual self-sufficiency for their families. Every CARE student is an EOPS student who must meet the eligibility criteria for both programs.

EOPS and CARE are both state-funded student assistance programs that are located at 114 community colleges throughout California.

NextUp Program
(Also known as:
Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support) 

NextUp (Also known as Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support Program) was authorized by Chapter 771, Statutes of 2014 and revised by Chapter 722, Statutes of 2017.  NextUp is a supplemental, categorical component of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS).  The purpose of NextUp is to strengthen the capacity of community college districts to support the higher education success, health and well-being of some of the nearly 13,000 current and former foster youth who are enrolled in California’s community colleges.  Currently, 41 colleges within 16 California community college districts operate NextUp programs.

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