​​​​​Prospective Students


​​Click here to download the EOPS Application (requires Adobe Acrobat)

Quick Checklist for EOPS eligibility
(please read below for detailed eligibility requirements):

  • Must be enrolled in at least 12 units (or provide a letter from Special Programs and Services recommending fewer than 12 units or qualify for the NextUp​ program with at least 9 units)
  • Must have completed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and/or at minimum complete an application and qualify for a California College Promise Grant (type A or B)
  • Can not have completed more than 70 degree-applicable college units

EOPS is a state funded program designed to recruit and retain low-income students who are educationally disadvantaged. The program provides services over and above and in addition to those offered by financial aid, tutoring, counseling, and other college Student Services programs.

To qualify for EOPS, a student must demonstrate an economic disadvantage by filing either a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California College Promise Grant through the Financial Aid Office, and fall within the following income guidelines:

No. in Household and Total Family Income for 2019-2020​

(1) = $18,090 or less
(2) = $24,360 or less
(3) = $30,630 or less
(4) = $36,900 or less
(5) = $43,170 or less
(6) = $49,440 or less
(7) = $55,710 or less
(8) = $61,980 or less​​

Add $6,270 for each additional family member

Also, to qualify for EOPS a student must demonstrate an educational disadvantage by:

  • having been enrolled or placed in a remedial English and/or math course, or having enrolled in a transfer level English and/or math course with concurrent enrollment in a support course, or
  • having not graduated from high school nor earned a GED, or
  • being a high school graduate with a cumulative high school grade point average less than 2.5, or
  • having taken remedial classes previously, or
  • being a first generation college student, or
  • coming from a household where English was not the primary language spoken in the home, or
  • being a member of an ethnic group that is under-served on the Harbor College campus according to Student Equity goals, or
  • being an emancipated foster youth.

Finally, to be eligible for EOPS a student must be enrolled full time (12 or more units for Fall/Spring; 4 or more units for summer, unless qualified to receive a unit waiver from Special Programs and Services), have not completed more than 70 degree applicable units cumulative, and be a resident of California.

The EOPS program offers the following services and benefits:

  • Book Awards* (to eligible students)
  • Priority Registration
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring*
  • Peer Advisement
  • Book Loan Library*
  • Academic and Personal Enhancement Workshops
  • Transfer Assistance (including UC/CSU application fee waivers)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Graduation Cap and Gowns*
  • Associated Students Organization (A.S.O.) Fee Waivers*
  • Parking Permit Fee Waivers*
  • EOPS/CARE Scholarships*
  • Scholarship Application Assistance
  • *Dependent upon program funding

CARE Program Eligibility - If you are a single parent of a child 18 years of age or younger and are receiving CalWORKs/TANF benefits, you may be eligible for the CARE Program. 

NextUp Eligibility - If you are a current or former foster youth 24 years old or younger who was in Foster Care at age 16, please see our NextUp (CAFYES) Program webpage for information about this program tailored to serve foster youth.