The Cooperative Agencies Resource for Education program also known as CARE is a state-funded program designed to assist single parents who are receiving CalWORKs/TANF and are EOPS eligible. CARE is a supplemental program of EOPS that provides additional supportive services to eligible EOPS students. Before joining the CARE program, students must first be eligible and accepted into the EOPS program.   



  • Must meet all EOPS eligibility requirements.
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have at least one child/dependent under the age of 18.
  • Student parent and child must be a current CalWORKs or TANF Cash Aid recipient.
  • Be recognized as “single head-of-household” by the Department of Social Services.
  • Registered for 9 units or more (exceptions may apply for students in DSPS).


CARE Support Services

EOPS/CARE students are eligible to receive the following services.

  • 1st Tier Priority Registration
  • Academic counseling
  • Book credits
  • Lending Library
  • Monthly CARE Meal Vouchers for use at the Hartnell Grille & the on campus Starbucks
  • Free Semester Student Parking Permit
  • CARE financial aid unmet need grants


CARE Student responsibilities

EOPS/CARE students must be a current participant of the EOPS program to be eligible for CARE program services. CARE students must follow all EOPS student responsibilities as outlined in the Mutual Responsibility Contract.  

Every semester, EOPS/CARE students must:

  • Complete a minimum of three (3) EOPS contacts
    • 1st Contact - Meet with an EOPS counselor (Week 1-6)
    • 2nd Contact - Submit an EOPS Midterm Progress Report (Week 6-10)
    • 3rd Contact - Meet with an EOPS Counselor (Week 10-16)
  • Maintain enrollment in six (6) or more units as a continuing EOPS student
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA or above
  • Provide a “Verification of Benefits” to the EOPS/CARE program


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