Supporting Historically Underrepresented Students for Success

Receive help completing your educational goals with our services, designed to encourage and promote educational success in college.

Retention is an important factor for college students with academic potential who, historically, would have not been able to attend college. The purpose of these programs is to provide opportunities that are "above, beyond, and in addition" to similar services offered at higher education institutions.

Participating students must meet program requirements in order to remain eligible for all services provided. Visit our website often and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

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EOP&S, CARE, and NextUp Programs Overview

Program Services

Participating students must meet program requirements in order to remain eligible for all services provided. Visit our website often and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

The Following Services are Offered to Active EOP&S Students (Contingent Upon Funding*):

  • Counseling: receive counseling for academic, career and personal concerns as they relate to your educational goals.
  • Emancipated Foster Youth: receive additional services if you are former foster youth. Call (916) 484-8128 or visit the EOP&S office.

  • Priority "0" Enrollment to register in classes a week before regular registration.

  • Textbook Assistance to purchase books for your major or area of study on your educational plan

  • Semester Newsletter: you will receive important information to stay informed.

  • Early Alert: receive support and help staying in college.
  • Tutoring Services: get help in science courses, math, and the Math Success Project for fall and spring semesters through the Student Services Resource Center (SSRC).
  • Transfer Services: get fee waivers for CSU, UC, and private college applications, as well as field trips to campuses and application workshops.
  • Letters of Recommendation: use these for employment and scholarships.
  • Awards Ceremony: be a part of congratulating students who have completed their educational goals.
  • Bulletin Announcements: keep informed of services and graduation.
  • Cap and Gown: your fees are paid by the program. Membership fee paid for honors society (PTK Society).

EOP&S Student Workshops are offered monthly. Learn about study skills, money management, career exploration, and more by attending these presentations. If you have ideas for a workshop, please let us know. Ask EOP&S and CARE counselors and staff for more information about the life skills workshops.

Program Eligibility for EOP&S, NextUp, and CARE

EOP&S and NextUp Eligibility

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOP&S) is a California state-funded categorical program at the community college level. At ARC, funding often determines the number of students that are accepted into EOP&S every year.

EOP&S also has NextUp, also known as CAFYES (Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support), which provides community college students with resources that make a difference. The program offers eligible current and former foster youth support and services that could include help with books and supplies, transportation, tutoring, food, and emergency housing and provide essential tools and resources to succeed in higher education.

EOP&S also has the Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program that is geared for college students that are single-parents who have a child or children 13 years or younger (as verified by your eligibility worker) and meet certain requirements (see below).

You may be eligible for services if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are a California resident
  • Enrolled in 12-semester units the semester you are admitted into the program
  • Have completed less than 6 semesters and less than 70-degree applicable units (from all colleges attended)
  • Be eligible and have received the California Promise Grant

In addition, ARC students must meet one of the following criteria:

  •  Placement scores into basic skills in English, math, or ESL. The placement test can be taken at the Assessment Office.
  • Did not graduate from high school and did not complete a GED or high school proficiency test
  •  High school GPA was 2.49 or below
  •  You are the first in your family to enroll in college (first-generation college bound)

CARE Eligibility

All CARE students must first be admitted into the EOP&S program. If you are admitted into EOP&S and CARE, you must attend a mandatory orientation as well as two workshops each semester.

To be eligible for CARE, you must meet all the following criteria:

  • Be a single parent, head of household
  • Currently receiving TANF
  • Have a child or children
  • Must meet the eligibility criteria for both EOP&S and CARE

Steps to Apply

The EOP&S, CARE, and NextUp programs accept applications fall and spring semesters based on available space and contingent upon funding*. Although space is limited, we encourage you to take the following steps to apply to our program.

Steps to Apply to the EOP&S, CARE, and NextUp Programs

  1. If you are a new student, you must follow the Steps To Success guidelines to complete the following process: first apply to American River College by completing an ARC application for admission and college orientation.
  2. Take the Assessment/Placement Test at ARC, bring a photocopy of your scores to our office, and meet with an academic counselor.
  3. Apply for Financial Aid (complete the FAFSA and the California Promise Grant at the ARC Financial Aid Office and bring a receipt of the California Promise Grant to our office).
  4. Complete, print, and submit the EOP&S application to our office.
  5. If you are current or returning student, submit official transcripts from all colleges (including ARC).

If you are accepted into EOP&S, you will receive an email from our office with instructions. You must be enrolled in at least 12 units for the semester and complete a mandatory HCD 115 to become a participant of the EOP&S program. Specific information will be attached to the application.

Student Responsibilities

Students in EOP&S must meet the following program requirements (as stated in their Mutual Responsibility Contract) every semester:

  • Three appointments with an EOPS Counselor every fall and spring semester to update or revise educational plan.
  • Complete and submit an academic progress report (APR) from each instructor showing your academic progress.
  • Complete a minimum of 9 units each semester (grades of W, I, IP, or F do not count as complete).

EOP&S students admitted to CARE must also attend two workshops.

If these requirements are not met, you will be dropped from EOP&S. If you are dropped, you may be able to petition for medical reasons depending on your circumstance. EOP&S students are strongly encouraged to communicate with EOP&S staff and make an appointment if they are facing any concerns or challenges during the semester.

The goal of the EOP&S program is to provide initial support to students at ARC so that they achieve their educational goals.

Important Dates

Below is a Fall 2019 summary of important dates for the ARC EOP&S/CARE/NextUp Program. To ask questions or schedule an appointment call the office at (916) 484-8128.

August 24th Fall 2019 classes begin
August 26th – October 11th 1st CONTACT APPOINTMENT
September 2nd Labor Day Holiday (no classes, campus closed)
September 8th Last day to enroll & drop w/o notation on record (full semester)
October 4th Last day to petition for Fall Graduation-Degrees & Certificates
October 14th – Nov. 27th 2nd CONTACT APPOINTMENT
November 11th Veterans Day Holiday (no classes, campus closed)
November 15th Last Day to use your remaining textbook service balance for EOP&S approved Textbooks & Supply Award
November 19th Last day to drop with “W” grade (full semester)
November 27th ACADEMIC PROGRESS REPORT (if required), & Consortium Agreements & DSPS Letters Due by 5:00pm (if applies)
Dec. 2nd – Dec. 13th 3rd CONTACT APPOINTMENT OR WALK-IN (If eligible)
Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st Thanksgiving Recess (no classes, campus closed)
Nov. 25th – Nov. 26th Priority Registration, Spring 2020
Nov. 29th All CARE Workshops due
Dec. 13th – Dec. 19th Final Exams
December 19th Classes end (full semester)
Dec. 21st – January 1st Winter Break (no classes, campus closed)
January 2, 2020 Final grades are due to be posted


NextUp for Current and Former Foster Youth

NextUp, also known as CAFYES (Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support), provides community college students with resources that make a difference. The program offers eligible current and former foster youth support and services that could include help with books and supplies, transportation, tutoring, food, and emergency housing and provides essential tools and resources to succeed in higher education.

Through individualized advising appointments we promote equity, independence, and self-growth. We aim to offer students the options to be able to dictate their own future as thriving members of society. If you identify as a current or former student in foster care and are under the age of 26, you are eligible for individualized services through the Current and Former Foster Youth Liaison.

The NextUp Program provides the following:

  • Academic, career, and personal advising
  • Workshops on a variety of important topics
  • Priority registration
  • Financial aid application assistance (FAFSA, scholarships, Chafee)
  • Connection to resources on- and off-campus
  • Social events
  • Book voucher through the John Burton Foundation
  • Book lending library
  • Drop-in tutoring in math and science
  • Peer mentoring (coming soon)
  • University campus tours (coming soon)

The Former Foster Youth Liaison is located in the EOP&S department and will work directly with you during appointments to help you succeed as a college student as well as a self-sufficient adult.

The following are examples of what the Current and Former Foster Youth Liaison can provide:

  • Connection to resources on- and off-campus
  • Academic guidance such as developing study skills, major exploration, and transfer preparation
  • Personal advising
  • Career development advising such as assistance with job search, resume and cover letter help, and interview tips
  • Help applying for scholarships and financial aid

To make an appointment with the Current and Former Foster Youth Liaison, please call (916) 484-8128, or come by the EOP&S office in the Student Services Building.

EOP&S Program Application