Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS/CARE)

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Looking for extra support to help get you through school? Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS). This program provides many services for low-income and disadvantaged students.

Our goal is to help provide accessible education to students who are less prone to attend college. We also understand that support means more than helping you in the classroom. EOPS can help you with everything from counseling to financial aid to tutoring — and more.

EOPS is a state-funded, special assistance program. You will need to apply for consideration. Read on for more information on eligibility requirements, what services are available, and how to chat with our EOPS staff.

Watch this short video to learn more about EOPS:

Cranium Cafe Chat

To connect with an EOPS staff member via Cranium Cafe Chat please click on the Cranium Cafe Chat Lobby. Our Summer 2024 office hours are Monday- Thursday 7:30am - 6pm; Fridays (CLOSED) 

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FALL 2024 Applications


EOPS FALL 2024 application is now open.

Are you ready to take your education to the next level? Look no further! The Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is here to support you on your academic journey.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity! Apply today and unlock the doors to your future. 🚀

FALL 2024 Application

EOPS Services

EOPS is designed to help students help achieve their academic goals, also knowing that this often requires assistance outside of the classroom. This can take the form of personal counseling, emergency loans, or workshops in personal development or study skills


Academic Assistance

  • Enrollment priority
  • Tutoring
  • Transferring services to university
  • Book service credit
  • Textbook/calculator lending
  • Student educational plan (SEP)/progress reports

Financial Assistance

  • Emergency loans
  • Student employment
  • Cap and gown for graduation

Personal Assistance

  • Emergency loans
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • Career and personal counseling

EOPS Eligibility

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

  • Residents of California or be classified AB540
  • 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 degree-applicable units. This includes course work completed at all colleges previously attended
  • Qualified to receive a California College Promise Grant (CCPG) A or B; AND
  • Judged to be educationally disadvantaged.

How is educationally disadvantaged determined?

Students must meet ONE of the following

  • No high school diploma or GED
  • High school GPA less than 2.50
  • Previously enrolled in basic skill courses
  • Is first in the family to attend college
  • Speaks a language other than English at home

EOPS also oversees additional programs that you may be eligible for:

CARE Program: The Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program is comprised solely of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) students who are also single parents receiving public assistance. Benefits include personal and academic counseling and grants.

Eligibility  Application Contact Us
  • Single Parent
  • Have a child 18 years or younger
  • Head of Household
  • Receiving Cash Aid for themselves or their dependents
  • Have an open case with the Department of Health and Human Services

We are currently accepting application for the Spring 2024 Semester, please click on this link to submit your

CARE Application.


Jessica Hernandez jhernandez3@swccd.edu

Melissa Naranjo mnaranjo@swccd.edu

CARE Program General Email: swccare@swccd.edu

You may also contact EOPS at



Fresh Success Program: Federally-funded, CalFresh Employment & Training program specifically aimed to support students pursuing a career education degree. To learn more about career education degrees, please visit Career Education

Eligibility Application Contact Us
  • Must be an EOPS Student
  • Must be a resident of San Diego County
  • Must be eligible for CalFresh but not receiving CalWORKs
  • Must be registered in one or more of the following courses: ESL, Career Education, and Basic Skills
  • If you are not receiving CalFresh but would like to apply, please visit GetCalFresh
The Fresh Success Program is currently in hiatus. Please check back in the Spring 2025 semester. 

For more information on the Fresh Success program, or to apply, email us at swcfreshsuccess@swccd.edu 



NextUP & Guardian Scholars Program: The NextUP and the Guardian Scholars Program is designed to support current and former foster youth whom are attending Southwestern College. Benefits include personal and academic counseling, access to on and off campus resources, grants, book service, and life skill workshops. 

Eligibility  Application  Contact  Us
  • Be current or former foster youth and under the age of 26 at the beginning of the academic year  (July 1, 2023)
  • Be a California Resident or AB540
  • Eligible for California College Promise Grant (CCPG) Method A, B, or C
  • Have NOT completed more than 70-degree applicable units, including course work at other colleges or university previously attended
  • Must provide a Ward of the Court Letter
  • Enrolled in 2 or more units

We are currently accepting application for the Spring 2024, please click on this link to submit your Foster Youth Application.

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Counselors & Staff:

Counselor: Michelle Montano mmontano@swccd.edu

Counselor: Oscar Duran oduran@swccd.edu

Staff: Angel Salazar asalazar@swccd.edu

NextUP General Email: swcenextup@swccd.edu

You may also call the EOPS department at 619-482-6456 or chat with us at EOPS Lobby


Summer Readiness Program (SRP): The Summer Readiness Program (SRP) is geared to recent high school graduates who will begin their college journey at Southwestern College this Fall 2024.  The summer program will run for 7 weeks, and students will participate in a personal development course, a communication course, and weekly activities including university visits, theater visits, conferences, and team-building activities. 

Eligibility Application Contact Us
  • High School Senior (graduating May/June 2024)
  • Enrolled at Southwestern College for the Fall 2024 Semester
  • Submitted their FAFSA and eligible for the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) Method A or B
  • Have an Educational Disadvantage

Now accepting application for Summer 2024. 

Click on this link to apply:  Summer Readiness Program

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Phone: 619-482-6456

Email: eops@swccd.edu

Chat:EOPS Lobby




 Cranium Cafe Chat
To connect with an EOPS staff member via Cranium Cafe Chat please click on the ENTER LOBBY.  Our Summer 2024 office hours are Monday  - Thursday from 7:30am - 6pm; Fridays (CLOSED)

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