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Grossmont College remains closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For the latest information about COVID-19,please visit

 EOPS counselors and staff are working remotely during this time and are available to assist current EOPS Students. Please continue to look to our website for program updates and information.

eCounseling Services

If you are a current EOPS student, you may schedule an appointment using the link below. EOPS Counselors will have access to transcripts and Education Plans for a complete virtual counseling session.

If you are a current EOPS student, click here to schedule an appointment with an EOPS Counselor.

eAdvising Services

EAdvsing is designed for quick questions related to registration for summer or fall classes, transcripts, or other related EOPS services through eAdvising. Counselors are unable to provide detailed information through eAdvising.

Submit a question to EOPS counselors or review a response here.


EOPS Applications will open July 7th - 31st, 2020
eops application faq's

  • How and when do I apply for EOPS? Applications will be available online beginning July 7th until July 31st. Click on the Apply Now button on the left-side.
  • What do I need to apply for EOPS? Students must have completed 1) a current Grossmont application for fall 2020 and 2) FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application submitted online.
  • Who qualifies for EOPS? Students must meet all criteria listed below. 

    • Must be a CA resident --Students who qualify for CA residency under AB540 status are also eligible to apply.
    • Qualify for the CA Promise Grant (formerly CA Board of Governor's Fee Waiver Method A, B, or C with zero Expected Family Contribution). 
    • Be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units (full-time) or more at Grossmont College at the time of acceptance into EOPS. Waitlisted units DO NOT count to fulfill criteria. If you are unable to enroll in full-time units due to a disability, please submit a Reduced Load Recommendation Form to with Reduced Units as the subject line. 
    • Must have completed less than 70-degree applicable college units at the time of applying. If you have attended another college/university, you must have all official college transcripts on file with the Grossmont Admissions & Records Office before we can continue to process your application. 

    AND one or more of the following:

    Have a demonstrated educational disadvantage
    • A member of an underepresented group targeted by GC's student equity goals. 
    • Graduated high school with a GPA below a 2.5
    • Non-high school graduate
    • Have previously enrolled in basic skills or remedial education courses in High School or former college.
    • English is not the first-language spoken at home.
    • First generation-college student, where neither parent or legal guardian have attained a college education.
    • Current or former foster youth
    • Homeless or at-risk of being homeless.
  • When will I hear back from EOPS? You will receive an email informing you of your status by August 5th. If you do not hear from us, feel free to follow up with our office AFTER August 5th. 

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CARE - A Program for Single Parents

CARE (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education)

CARE is a California State funded program designed to recruit and assist single parent recipients of CalWORKs. CARE provides support services and/or grant funds to assist single parents with academic support and financial assistance. All students who participate in the CARE program are both EOPS & CARE participants.

Who qualifies for CARE?

In addition, to meeting all EOPS eligibility requirements,  CARE students must also:

  • Receive cash aid assistance for themselves and/or their dependant(s)
  • Have single parents status with a child/dependant 18 years of age or younger

What services are offered through the CARE Program?

  • Academic & Personal Counseling
  • Career Advising
  • Referrals to county resources
  • Meal Vouchers for on-campus dining
  • Gas Cards 
  • Semesterly Parking Permit
  • CARE Grant
  • CARE Book Voucher
  • CARE Study Sessions--with childcare & tutoring services provided.
  • Workshops designed with the single parent in mind
  • Backpacks with school supplies


How can I apply?

To apply for CARE services, please complete an EOPS Application and make sure to indicate the number of people in your household including any dependants. Once accepted, you must attend a mandatory EOPS/CARE Orientation following your approval into the program.

For more information:

Maite Valladolid, CARE Coordinator :

Lina Kern, Adjunct CARE Counselor:

Amy Alvarado, CARE Student Assistant:

Visit the CARE webpage

NextUp Foster Youth Services

Foster Youth Services

NextUp - Extra Support for Current and Former Foster Youth in College

NextUp is a California State-funded program designed to provide extra support for foster youth as you transition to independent living. The NextUp program at Grossmont College can provide specialized academic, career and personal counseling; book vouchers; grant money and more to help ensure your college and career success.

Who Qualifies 

Students who were in foster care for as little as one day from their 16th to 18th birthdays can be eligible for the NextUp program. Eligibility is determined through something called a dependency letter, which we can help you get. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine units at time of application or have a waiver to take fewer units from the Accessibility Resource Center or A.R.C. Even if you have fewer units – or no units – please ask Sam or Brian in the EOPS office to help you get eligible. 

What You Get

  • Academic, career and personal counseling
  • Book voucher money
  • Grant money
  • Meal vouchers for each day you’re on campus
  • Transit passes
  • Gas
  • Target Cards
  • Parking Permit
  • Backpack
  • Supplies
  • Greater support for your journey
  • Midweek Meltdowns (some play, some food, some learning, some appreciation; in short, a good time).

Come See Us Today

Visit the EOPS office today and ask to meet with Sam or Brian. Please remember to bring your picture ID and, if you have one, your dependency letter (if not, no worries). We’ll do everything we can to help ensure your success in college and beyond. 


Sam Rigby
NextUp Specialist
Brian Woolsey
NextUp Counselor & Coordinator
Ava Gill
Part-Time Counselor
EOPS/CARE/NextUP Department
Grossmont College
8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon, CA 92020
Building 60-Room 125
(619) 644-7617


Visit the NextUp webpage. student-services/offices-and-services/eops/nextup

Last Updated: 07/07/2020
EOPS/CARE/NextUp Department
Phone: (619) 644-7617

EOPS Location:
Griffin Student Center
Building 60, Room 125

Summer Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 
8:00am - 6:00pm

Friday: Closed


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