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Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS)



Thom Gaxiola-Rowles

Director of EOPS/CARE


Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm


1101 E. University Avenue
Fresno, CA 93741
Campus Location – ST-101 
(located on the lower floor of the Student Services building)
(559) 442-8231 - Phone
(559) 499-6040 - Fax




Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) has served students at Fresno City College since 1970. We are a comprehensive program that actively assists students pursuing academic and vocational goals that require additional financial and academic assistance.


EOPS is a state-supported project that provides a comprehensive program of services for low-income and academically disadvantaged students. The project includes academic counseling, personal advisement, special instruction, career guidance, tutorial assistance, academic mentoring, financial aid, college transfer counseling, book services, emergency loans, vocational internship, CARE (a program for single head of household parents receiving public assistance) and priority registration.

Participants are selected according to academic and financial need. The goals of EOPS are directed toward (a) ensuring open access, (b) enhancing student retention, (c) developing systems to increase student success, and (d) providing counseling and support services to achieve vocational training or transfer success.

Students are identified as eligible by the EOPS staff. After acceptance into the program they will be required to attend an EOPS orientation and sign a Mutual Responsibility Contract. The contract states that they will actively participate in the various counseling, educational support, and student follow-up activities, as well as abide by the policies, procedures and timelines established by the EOPS Program.

Participants must enroll in at least 12 units and maintain a minimum of 9 units throughout each semester including the classes specifically designated for his/her major. Once selected, the EOPS student continues to receive top priority for continuing EOPS assistance as long as he/she maintains adequate academic progress and meets all program requirements.

Counseling and Advising

The heart of our program is counseling and guidance. The EOPS staff includes regular full-time counselors, educational advisors, and clerical staff. Working together, this experienced team assists students with:

ü     Development of education plans

ü   Personal counseling

ü   Career planning and course selection

ü   Progress monitoring and advisement and much more!

Financial Assistance

Yes, EOPS provides Financial Assistance, too. Although EOPS is not primarily a financial aid program, we realize that the high cost of a college education today makes it difficult for many students to attend college without financial assistance. Qualified students may be eligible for:

ü  EOPS supplemental grant

ü  Book Service

ü  Emergency loans


EOPS Eligibility

·        Be a resident of California or eligible for AB540 or DREAM Act

·        Qualification for the BOG A or B fee waiver (BOG C with Expected Family Contribution of $0 also accepted)

·        Enrollment in at least 12 units for the semester in which you are applying (unit exceptions for verified DSPS students)

·        Completed fewer than 45 college units

·        Meet one of the following EOPS educational factors:

o   Initial placement test scores below English 125/126 or below Math 103

o   Have not graduated from high school, or have not obtained the GED

o    Graduated from high school with a GPA below 2.50 on a 4.0 scale

o    Previously enrolled in remedial/developmental education





Last updated: 5/9/2017 2:05:26 PM