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Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) at College of San Mateo are committed to providing access to higher education for individuals challenged by academic and socioeconomic barriers.

EOPS/CARE strives to provide an environment that nurtures, engages, and reflects a diverse "family" of participants. By offering eligible students comprehensive support services that are academically and socially enriching, the staff and counselors seek to empower students to realize their full human potential.

The EOPS/CARE program is now
accepting applications for Fall 2024.

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

In the late 1960's, several counselors, staff, and students joined to form the College Readiness Program (CRP). A new program unique to College of San Mateo, CRP provided a variety of services to low-income, academically underprepared students to assist them in realizing their educational goals. Now, more than three decades and one assembly bill later, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) can be found on 108 colleges throughout California.

Funded by the State of California and CSM, EOPS provides eligible students with the following support services as they work to complete an associate degree, transfer, or certificate program:

  • Textbook Assistance
  • Individualized Academic Counseling
  • Priority Registration
  • Tutoring
  • Academic Success Workshops
  • Transportation Assistance (i.e. parking permit, bus tokens)
  • School Supplies
  • University Fee Waivers and Transfer Services
  • EOPS/CARE Educational Grants
  • Workshops and Special Events
  • And so much more!
View EOPS and CARE qualifications

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

Program History
In 1982, the State established the Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program in the California Community Colleges as “a unique educational program geared toward the welfare recipient who desires job-relevant education to break the dependency cycle” (Assembly Bill 3103, Hughes, Statutes of 1982, Chapter 1029). Presently, 110 accredited colleges in all 72 districts of the California Community College system offer CARE programs and services annually to more than 11,000 welfare-dependent single heads of household who seek a viable alternative to continued public assistance for personal and family support. CARE is the only state-funded program of its kind nationwide.

As a supplemental component of EOPS, CARE provides educational support services designed for the academically underprepared, low income, single parent population. Grants and allowances for educationally-related expenses (such as child care, transportation, textbooks, and supplies) may be awarded as a means of strengthening the retention, persistence, graduation, and transfer rates of these individuals. Students participating in CARE may choose vocational certificate or license, associate degree, or transfer program options.

Support services provided to CARE students include: assistance with child care expenses, textbooks-supplies, and transportation costs; special counseling and advisement, personal development activities, and/or curriculum (including self-esteem, parenting, study skills); group support and peer networking; help from peer advisors who are often single parents themselves; and information and referrals to campus-and community-based human services programs.

View EOPS and CARE qualifications

Contact Us

College Center Building 10, Room 110
(650) 574-6154

The EOPS office phone line is currently being routed through Google Voice. Your call will be routed to an EOPS staff member after you state your name at the prompt.


Summer Session 2024

Day Time Modality
Mon 8:00 am - 4:30 pm In Person
Tue 8:00 am - 4:30 pm In Person
Wed 8:00 am - 4:30 pm In Person
Thu 8:00 am - 4:30 pm In Person
Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Virtual