Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS)  encourages the enrollment of students disadvantaged by educational, language, social, and economic factors. EOPS aims to facilitate the successful completion for non-traditional students with their educational goals and objectives.

EOPS Eligibility:

To participate in the EOPS/CARE Programs, you must meet the guidelines below: 

  • Must apply for Financial Aid using the FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (completed at the Financial Aid office on Campus). Please be sure to do this at least 2 weeks prior to applying to EOPS/CARE.
  • Qualify for California College Promise Grant (replacing Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver)
  • Be a California resident
  • Be enrolled as a full time student 12 or more units (some exceptions apply for DSPS & CARE eligible students)
  • Have completed less than 70 degree applicable units (priority goes to students who have completed less than 40 units)
  • Have an educational, economic or social disadvantage (Enrolled in remedial education, did not graduate High School or obtain GED, first generation in family to attend college, member of underrepresented student group, emancipated foster care youth, Non-native English speaker).

Board of Governors Fee Waiver Program


2019-2020 Income Standards*

Family Size

Base Year Income (2017 income)

1 $18,210.00
2 $24,690.00
3 $31,170.00
4 $37,650.00
5 $44,130.00
6 $50,610.00
7 $57,090.00
8 $63,570.00
Each Additional Family Member $6,480

* These standards are based upon the federal poverty guidelines, as published each year by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Under Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, the student or student’s family must have a total income in the base year (in this case, 2017) that is equal to or less than 150% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines based on family size.

The base year is defined as the income year used for the determination of an expected family contribution (EFC) for federal Title IV student financial aid unless professional judgement is exercised by a financial aid office to use the current year income.

These income standards are for the 2019-2020 academic year and are to be used to determine California Promise Grant Part B (BOGFW-B) eligibility EFFECTIVE July 1, 2019.


EOPS Services include: 


EOPS offers excellent counseling services. We work with students to succeed in school through an Educational Plan which maps out the classes you need. Counselors provide information on setting and completing academic goals; they work with students to explore academic and career options. We also provide referrals to both campus services and community services that fit the student’s needs. We are available to offer support with personal issues which may keep you from succeeding in school.

Priority Registration 

Every semester, EOPS students may access priority registration approximately 1 day before the general student population. This service is valuable for students to ensure preferred classes early on in the registration process each semester. Assistance is available for students needing help accessing the internet registration system ( PAWS ).

Book Credit Services and Grants 

EOPS/CARE assists with the cost of textbooks in the college Bookstore. Textbook credits are available in the Fall and Spring semesters.  
EOPS/CARE grants are offered at the end of Spring Semesters (if funding is available).

Peer Advising

Peer advisors are Hartnell students who provide EOPS/CARE students with information about Hartnell College resources, policies and program activities. They assist in the EOPS program with orientations, workshops, and setting appointments. Peer advisors help in the retention of EOPS/CARE students. 
Transfer Guidance

In order to go to a university, EOPS offers support for students such as academic planning, letters of recommendation, application fee waivers, exploring university programs and university visits.  

Orientation and Workshops  

An EOPS Orientation is provided to familiarize students with Hartnell College and EOPS functions, programs and services. During an orientation, students will become familiar with student responsibilities and EOPS services, as well as financial aid information and transfer information. Workshops are designed to help students to be successful in their goals. Topics include: financial aid, study strategies, time management and career development.

Outreach and Recruitment 

EOPS provides outreach and recruitment which aims to increase the number of potential EOPS eligible students who enroll at Hartnell.

Support Services 

  • Recommendations to EOP programs at CSU campuses
  • Scholarships (for transfer and continuing students)
  • University of California and California State University application fee waivers
  • Caps and Gowns for Graduation
  • Calculator loan program
  • Book lending program (Lending Library Book List)
  • Referrals to other college and community services

Advisory Committee 

The Hartnell College EOPS has an Advisory Committee. The purpose of the advisory committee is to assist the college in developing and maintaining effective Extended Opportunity Programs and Services.