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Welcome to EOPS

Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) is here to assist you in making your college experience successful. Getting through college is not an easy task, especially when you try to do it alone! Since 1969, EOPS has been a California state funded program that provides an accessible and rewarding college experience to low income students facing various barriers to academic success. We provide a support network of West Valley EOPS counselors, dedicated staff and fellow students to help you stay focused on your educational path and reach your goals more quickly. If you meet academic and financial eligibility requirements, you may qualify for the broad range of support services and opportunities offered by our program.

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  • First-day Priority Registration
  • Academic, career, and personal Counseling
  • Book Funds for required textbooks for WVC Classes
  • University transfer process assistance and UC/CSU application fee waivers
  • EOPS Grants (funding permitted)
  • Assistance with scholarship applications and letters of recommendations
  • Computer lab and printers exclusively for EOPS students
  • EOPS student success workshops, activities and campus tours
  • Student area for studying and socializing
  • Basic school and test supplies
  • Graphing calculator loans
  • Emergency loans
  • Additional services and referrals to community services

CARE Services available for eligible single parents receiving TANF:

  • Additional financial assistance for books, school supplies, transportation and meals
  • CARE grants and academic achievement grants (dependent upon state funding)
  • Workshops for single parents
  • Opportunities to create support networks
  • Assistance with social service issues

EOPS Eligibility and General Requirements

EOPS is open to full-time students who are considered low-income and educationally disadvantaged and facing various barriers to success. You will need to qualify by both income standards and educational background standards.

To qualify for EOPS you must:

  • Be a California resident. AB540 students are eligible to apply.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at West Valley (minimum of 12 units, with exceptions considered for students with a verified disability)
  • Have fewer than 70 units of degree applicable college credits

Financial Disadvantage

Be identified as having an economic and educational disadvantage by qualifying for either:

  • The California College Promise Grant Program (formerly Board of Governors Fee Waiver Program) – Refer to table below for income standards
  • TANF, SSI or General Assistance

Education Disadvantage

Be educationally disadvantaged as defined by state guidelines by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • Not qualified for enrollment into the minimum level English or mathematics course that is applicable to the associate degree at West Valley College
  • Did not graduate from high school or obtain the General Education Diploma (GED).
  • Graduated from high school with a grade point average below 2.50 on a 4.00 scale
  • Previously enrolled in remedial education.
  • Other factors determined by the EOPS Director, using state guidelines

Steps to Apply for EOPS at West Valley College

  • Apply to West Valley College
  • Register for a West Valley College Orientation (or show completion from another college if transferring to West Valley)
  • Complete the application for the California College Promise Grant Program (formerly Board of Governors Fee Waiver Program)
  • Complete a and submit the West Valley College EOPS Application
  • Transcripts are required from previous colleges for eligibility purposes. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.
  • One of our helpful staff will review your application and let you know your eligibility.
  • You are welcome to use EOPS computers to complete your application and print required documentation.

If you are eligible for EOPS, you will be required to attend an EOPS New Student Orientation prior to the beginning of each semester.

If you are a single parent receiving TANF or CalWorks, you might be eligible for our CARE program. Talk to the staff person assisting you with your EOPS application for more information.

California College Promise Grant Program CCPG Method B 2021-22 Income Standards*

(Formerly Board of Governors Fee Waiver Program)

Number in Household
(including yourself)
Total Family Income Last Year
(adjusted gross income and/or untaxed income)
1 $19,140
2 $25,860
3 $32,580
4 $39,300
5 $46,020
6 $52,740
7 $59,460
8 $66,180
Each additional family member $6,720

* These standards are based upon the federal poverty guidelines, as published each year by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Under Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, the student or student’s family must have a total income in the prior prior year that is equal to or less than 150% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines based on family size.

The base year is defined as the income year used for the determination of an expected family contribution (EFC) for federal Title IV student financial aid unless professional judgement is exercised by a financial aid office to use the current year income.

See US Department of Health and Human Services for more information.

EOPS Services

An EOPS counselor is available for EOPS students after the student is accepted into the program. Our counselors provide personal, academic, and career counseling. EOPS students are required to meet with their EOPS counselor three times each semester.

Priority registration is provided for EOPS students for the Fall and Spring semesters. This service assists students with access to the classes needed to complete their educational plan. To be eligible, students must complete a campus orientation and have a student education plan on file.

EOPS Counselors can assist you in determining your tutorial needs and assist you in getting services at the campus Tutorial Center. The Net Tutor Online Tutoring Program provides 24/7 services for all WVC students.

Students receive counseling and advisement that helps to ensure a successful transition to the four-year college or university of your choice. Our counselors work closely with you to make sure you are on track to transfer. We also sponsor university campus visits to learn more about student life at the university.

EOPS offers various student success workshops, activities and opportunities each semester. Workshops are offered based on student feedback and include sessions on Managing Stress, Test Taking, Note Taking, Time Management, Study Skills, and Transfer Preparation.

We have several computers, a printer, and study area exclusively for EOPS students.

We get to know our students over the course of your time with EOPS. Our counselors and staff can be a resource for letters of recommendation. Please review our short video about how, why and when to ask for letters of recommendation.

Financial Services

EOPS Book Funds are provided to program students who have met the requirements of the EOPS Mutual Responsibility Contract and are progressing academically. EOPS Book Funds amount varies depending on funding and are redeemable at the campus bookstore.

EOPS Book Funds are available for all West Valley EOPS students enrolled in West Valley and/or Mission College courses. These funds are available at the College Bookstore after students are approved and complete their EOPS enrollment.

How to Use EOPS Book Fund Services

  1. Take your approved and stamped schedule to the bookstore.
  2. The bookstore staff will retrieve your books based on your approved and stamped schedule.
  3. Let the cashier know you are a West Valley EOPS student. You will need to show a Photo ID.
  4. Buy your books according to the EOPS Book Service Terms and Conditions (below) and WVC Bookstore policies.
  5. Be prepared to pay the difference if your books exceed the given dollar amount.

EOPS Book Fund Terms and Conditions

  • Book Funds are for required textbooks for classes that you are enrolled in during the current semester.
  • Book Funds are only for approved classes that are on your Ed Plan.
  • Book Funds are for active students, in good standing, and those who have not reached their academic goal (graduated, etc.) or reached their 70-unit limit.
  • You must be enrolled in 12+ units or be approved for 9+ units by your EOPS counselor. DESP students are approved for the number of units recommended by your DESP Counselor.
  • Book Funds are to be used at the West Valley Bookstore.
  • No reimbursements for books available at the campus bookstore.

Please Note

If you drop any class, you are required to return the book to the West Valley Bookstore during the bookstore's return period (check posted dates at bookstore). Past this date, you must return the book to the EOPS office. EOPS can’t pay for books for classes you aren’t enrolled in, nor may we allow you to keep those books.

All purchases will be audited to ensure that guidelines have been followed.

A school supply pack is provided to new EOPS students and basic supplies are on hand for students in need. Blue books, and scantrons are available at the front desk.

EOPS Grants may be offered in semesters when funding permits. To be eligible for a grant, students must meet the requirements of the EOPS Mutual Responsibility Contract, including three counseling contacts and one approved EOPS activity.

EOPS students are eligible for up to four UC/CSU application fee waivers. Private school applications and additional waivers are considered on a case-by-case basis. Meet with your counselor before you are ready to begin the application process.

Cap and gowns are provided for students who participate in the WVC Graduation, Transfer and Certificate ceremony. Inform your counselor you plan to participate in the ceremony.

We honor our students who have met their WVC education goals at an evening celebration. This is a special night in May where students and their families are celebrated for goal attainment, including degree awarded, transfer requirements completed, and certificates earned.

EOPS Emergency Loans are available on a one-time basis for up to $300. Students are required to repay the loan within the semester borrowed in a series of payments.

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

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Open the door to opportunities with CARE

CARE is a program designed to help single-parent students succeed in college. Because we realize that attending college and being a single-parent can pose many challenges, we will help you to achieve your educational goals.

CARE Eligibility

  • Receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Be a single-parent, head-of-household, as determined by social services

CARE Benefits

  • CARE Grants
  • Academic, Career and Personal Counseling
  • Referrals to on and off campus resources
  • Transportation Assistance


Virginia Marquez

Virginia Marquez

EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs Director; Foster Youth Liaison

(408) 741–2593
Student Services Center 207

Helen Khalouyan-Pivk

Helen Khalouyan-Pivk

Counselor & TRiO Angel Facilitator

(408) 741-2471
Student Services Center

Bickie Choy

Bickie Choy

Counselor; Foster Youth Liaison

(408) 741-2422
Student Services Center

Rosa Coronado

Rosa Coronado

Program Specialist

(408) 741-2687
Student Services Center

Tania Pichardo

Tania Pichardo

Office Coordinator

(408) 741-2503
Student Services Center

Andrew Soler

Andrew Soler


Student Services Center

EOPS Counselors available for 30-60 minute appointments during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Call (408) 741-2023 or stop by the EOPS office to schedule.


EOPS is accepting applications for Fall 2022.

Apply now! 

Steps To Apply for Extended Opportunity Program and Services

  1. Complete and submit the online application.
  2. Provide copies of transcripts for all other colleges previously attended. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.

DACA Resources

Date Event
Monday, August 29 First Day of Classes
Monday, September 5 Labor Day Holiday (All Offices Closed)
Sunday, September 11 Last day to ADD a Full semester-length class
Sunday, September 11 Last day to DROP a class without a "W" and with a Refund (semester-length)
Sunday, September 18 Deadline to Petition for AA-T / AS-T Degrees for Spring 2023 Transfer
Sunday, September 18 Deadline to Petition for Fall Graduation
Thursday, September 29 EOPS 1st Contact Due: Create/Review Educational Plan
Tuesday, October 4
Time TBD
EOPS Focus Group: We want to hear from YOU!
Credit given for 2nd Contact.
Wednesday, October 12
Time TBD
Writing a Personal Statement for College Applications, Scholarships, and Internships.
Credit given for 2nd Contact.
Thursday, October 20
Time TBD
Writing a Personal Statement for College Applications, Scholarships, and Internships.
Credit given for 2nd Contact.
Thursday, October 27 EOPS 2nd Contact Due: Mid-Semester Progress Check
Friday, November 11 Veteran's Day Holiday (All Offices Closed)
Friday, November 18 Last day to DROP a class with a "W" (semester-length)
Thursday, November 24 –
Sunday, November 27
Thanksgiving Holiday (All Offices Closed)
Thursday, December 1 EOPS 3rd Contact Due: Schedule Planning for Next Semester
Monday, December 12 –
Saturday, December 17
Final Exams (for more details go to www.westvalley.edu/calendar/finals.html)
Thursday, December 22 -
Saturday, December 31
December Holiday (All Campus Closed)

3 Contact Dates

Thursday, September 29

1st Contact

Create/Review Education Plan

Thursday, October 27

2nd Contact

Mid-Semester Progress Meeting

Thursday, December 1

3rd Contact

Schedule Planning & Review for Next Semester

Office Hours

Location: Student Services Center 207
Day Hours
Monday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Holiday Closures

  • September 5: Labor Day
  • November 11 & 12: Veterans Day Holiday
  • November 24-26: Thanksgiving Break 
  • December 19: January 2 Holiday Break
Contact Information
Last Updated 11/7/22