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About EOP&S

The ARC EOP&S program assists students that have an economic and educational need.  EOP&S is a student support program offering a variety of services to help students realize success in their educational goals.  We provide services Fall and Spring semester, Summer based on funding. 

The Fall 2020 EOP&S application is now closed. Check back in early November for the Spring 2021 application.


  • Be a California Resident (including Dreamers and AB540)
  • Be enrolled in at least 12 units or more to receive services, waitlist classes do not count (unless you qualify for a DSPS unit reduction service, contact the EOP&S office for details)
  • 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

and One of the Below Criteria:

  • Self-Placement results, enrolled in or previous remedial educational courses
  • Did not graduate from high school and did not complete a GED or high school proficiency test
  •  High school GPA 2.49 or below
  •  You are the first in your family to enroll in college (first-generation college bound)

Steps to Apply:

  • If you are not a current student, apply to American River College by completing an ARC application fofr admission and complete the college orientation
  • Take the Self-Placement Test at ARC, bring a photocopy of your scores to our office, and meet with an academic counselor.
  • Qualify for the California College Promise Grant at American River College.
  • Complete and submit the EOP&S application.
  • If you have attended college before please print unofficial transcripts (if you attended any of the Los Rios Colleges) or any college outside of Los Rios

*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 orientation. 

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

  • Academic Counseling: receive counseling for academic, career and short term personal concerns as they relate to your educational goals.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Graduation Cap and Gown: cover the cost of your graduation cap and gown. 
  • 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.