To Qualify for the NextUp Program You Must Meet the Following Requirements:

  • EOPS eligible
  • Under the age of 26
  • California Resident (AB 540/CA DREAMers may apply)
  • A current or former foster youth in California whose dependency/wardship was established on or after your 13th birthday
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 9 units
  • Qualify for the California College Promise Grant (Follow up with the Financial Aid Department to determine your specific status)


Apply for NextUp/EOPS
How to Apply

>>> Click Here for NextUp Checklist <<<

  1. You will first need to Apply to Merced College by completing:
  2. You must be classified as California resident or AB540 eligible. Click here for more information.

  3. Complete the Free Financial Aid Application
  4. Enroll in a minimum of 9 Units
  5. Complete, electronically sign, and submit your EOPS Application

*** It may take up to two weeks for an EOPS staff to process your application and verify eligibility ***

For questions, contact:
Dondi Lawrence, Student Support Coordinator
Text or Call: (209) 585-0242