Southwestern College


What is EOPS?
Extended Opportunity Programs and Services is a state-funded, special assistance program for students who are socially, economically, and academically or language disadvantaged.

EOPS assists students with counseling, money for books, emergency loans, priority registration, unlimited tutoring, and specialized support workshops.

What services do EOPS students receive?
  • Academic, career, and personal counseling
  • Book Service
  • Emergency Loans
  • Enrollment Priority
  • Student Employment
  • Textbook/Calculator Lending
  • Transferring Services to University
  • Tutoring 
  • Student Educational Plan (SEP) and Semester-by-Semester Plan for each student
  • Progress reports - to provide information to students as to how they are doing in their classes
  • Workshops in personal development, study skills, career, and majors
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • CARE Program – Grant and additional services for EOPS students who are single parents, have a child 13 years or younger and have an open case number with the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Emergency loans
  • Cap and gown for graduation

How do students qualify?
Information in this section is subject to change as new state or institutional policies are implemented.

Currently, EOPS services are offered to students who meet all the following criteria:

  • Be residents of California or be classified AB540; 
  • Be enrolled full-time (12 or more units) when accepted into the EOPS program (6 units if you have certification from DSS Office);
  • Not have completed more than 58 units of degree-applicable course work. This includes course work completed at all colleges previously attended;
  • Be qualified to receive a Board of Governors Fee Waiver Application (BOGW) A or B; AND
  • Be judged to be educationally disadvantaged.
How is educationally disadvantaged determined? (Must meet ONE of the following)
  • Assessed below Math 45 or English 114
  • No high school diploma or GED
  • High school GPA less than 2.50
  • Previously enrolled in basic skill courses
  • Is first in family to attend college
  • Speaks a language other than English at home
How to Apply
  • EOPS applications are available during the application period at the following sites (for application period check EOPS News):
    • Chula Vista Campus
      EOPS Office, Bldg, 1400
      900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910
    • Higher Education Center National City
      880 National City Blvd, National City, CA 91950
    • Higher Education Center Otay Mesa
      8100 Gigantic Street, San Diego, CA 92154
    • Higher Education Center San Ysidro
      460 West San Ysidro Blvd, San Ysidro, CA 92173
  • Submit applications in person.
  • For more information call (619) 482-6456.
What happens after applying?
  • Student will be contacted regarding eligibility for EOPS.
  • If eligible for EOPS, student will:
    • Attend a mandatory EOPS orientation and sign an EOPS contract for services;
    • Meet with a counselor and complete an SEP and a Semester-by-Semester Plan.

Southwestern College
EOPS Office - Bldg. 1400
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910-7299
(619) 482-6456

For more information, email us at

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Last updated: 9/17/2018 11:58:58 AM