Do I Qualify for EOPS?

Please use the guidelines below to assist you in deducting if you qualify for EOPS participation. Not sure? Please contact our dedicated staff with all of your EOPS questions today!

To Qualify for EOPS you must:

  • You must be classified as California resident or AB540 eligible. More information.
  • Be enrolled in 12 units or more for the Fall 2021 semester
    • Exception: NextUp eligible Foster Youth (9 units or more )
  • Not have completed more than 70 units of degree applicable college level course work
    • Including units from other colleges
  • Not have received a degree or certificate
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at or the California Dream Act Application at
    • You must apply for Financial Aid before applying for EOPS
    • You may contact the Financial Aid Office or visit Financial Aid FAFSA Lab, located in Lesher room 326 (when the campus is open), for assistance with either application.
  • Qualify for the
    • California College Promise Grant (Check with an EOPS staff member for your specific status.)
  • Be educationally disadvantaged by satisfying one of the following criteria:
    • Not a high school graduate
    • Not eligible for college level English or math unit classes
    • High school GPA less than 2.5 on a 4.0 point scale
    • Be a first generation college student
  • For other factors, check with an EOPS staff member

EOPS students are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress as outlined in their Student Agreement contract.

As an EOPS student you may also qualify for CARE (a special program for single parents receiving cash aid assistance) .

How to Apply

  1. You will first need to Apply to Merced College by completing:
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at or the California Dream Act Application at .  
  3. Enroll in 12 units or more 
    • NextUp eligiable student are required to enroll in 9 units or more
    • If you attended any other college you must submit official transcripts from other colleges you attended to the Merced College Admissions & Records Office.
  4. Complete, electronically sign, and submit your EOPS Application (PDF ) or (Word ).
    • You must save your completed application and email it to  
    • You must use your Merced College student email account to submit your application. 
    • It may take up to two weeks for an EOPS staff member to process your application and verify eligibility

NOTE:  Beginning April 19th EOPS applications for Fall 2021 will be accepted!  Deadline to apply is September 30th. 

Be sure to checkout our other two programs: CARE for single parents and NextUp for former/current foster youth. 

Thank you for your interest.