•  Fall 2024 EOPS applications now open!

  • The Hartnell College Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) is a state-funded program designed to provide financial assistance and support to low-income and historically underserved students.

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EOPS emerged from the American Civil Rights Movement and was established by the California legislature on September 4th, 1969. In accordance with Senate Bill 164, EOPS is a state-wide initiative that guarantees to offer low-income and historically underserved students services that are "over, above, and in addition to" the college's standard programs.

By offering academic help, counseling, financial aid, and other supportive services to students while they are on their educational journey at Hartnell College, we are here to ensure that our students thrive in college.


To qualify for EOPS, you must meet the requirements below: 

  • Be a California resident or meet the AB540 California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption.
  • Have a current financial aid application on file.
  • Qualify for the California College Promise Grant under methods A or B (Income Maximum for 2024-2025)
  • Be enrolled in 12 units or more (exceptions may apply for eligible DSPS students).
  • Have completed less than 70 degree applicable units.
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • 1st generation college student
    • Current or former foster youth
    • English is or was not the primary language spoken in your home
    • Have not graduated from high school or obtained the GED
    • Graduated from high school with a GPA below 2.50 on a 4.0 scale
    • Is or was previously enrolled in remedial education or basic skills

1st Tier Priority Registration

First-tier priority registration is given to EOPS students, who can register 1 day ahead of other priority groups and the general student body. For more information about registration, including priority registration dates, please view the Registration webpage. 

Assigned Counselors

EOPS students are assigned to a dedicated EOPS counselor based on the last two digits of their student ID number. EOPS counselors help students to develop an educational plan that lists the courses they must take to reach their educational objectives. Our counselors are available to offer support with personal difficulties that may prevent students from succeeding in school as well as referrals to campus and community services that students may need.

Book Credit

Our program offers Book Credits to qualified students each semester to help cover the cost of textbooks. Students may utilize the book credit to help pay for textbooks, USB drives, thesauruses, and dictionaries in the Hartnell College bookstore. Students must adhere to the Book Credit Policy to maintain eligibility. 

Lending Library

Through our office's Lending Library, our students are able to check out free textbooks, Chromebooks, and calculators. Every semester, items from the lending library are made available to our students on a first-come, first-served basis. Before you purchasing class materials out of pocket, check out the Lending Library Book Inventory! Click here to fill out a lending library contract

Other Supportive Services

Other supportive services can include, financial aid grants (if funding allows), workshops and events, cap and gown voucher at graduation, UC/CSU application fee waivers, and other other free “in office” services like printing, scantrons, and school supplies!

Think you might be eligible? 

Apply Today!

Once your EOPS application has been processed the EOPS office will send an e-mail to your Hartnell e-mail account notifying you of your eligibility status and your next steps. 


Who To Contact

  • EOPS, CARE & CalWORKs Office
    Phone: (831) 755-6860
    Building: Main Campus, Building B
    Office: Room 241
    Monday-Friday 8am-5pm


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