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About EOP&S

The mission of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is to encourage the enrollment, retention and transfer of students impacted by language, social, economic and educational disadvantages, and to facilitate the successful completion of their goals and objectives in college. EOPS offers academic, personal and career counseling, financial resources and other support services that go “over and above” the traditional services offered on college campuses.


  • 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 for 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.