EOPS Extended Opportunity Programs and Services

Our Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) staff go above and beyond in our support of students to ensure that you have access to resources and support that will help you succeed during your time at Mesa. By offering comprehensive academic and counseling support, along with a number of other helpful services, EOPS strives to aid student retention and provide you with an education that is unlimited by barriers.

Apply to EOPS!

View the eligibility requirements and fill out the EOPS application to start receiving services and support. Applications will be reviewed starting on June 22nd for the following Fall semester.

Access the EOPS Application

View EOPS Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to participate in EOPS programs, you must:

  • Be a California resident or meet AB540/California Dream Act requirements
  • Be eligible for the California College Promise Grant Program (Formerly BOGW), and meet CCPG A or B
  • Receive financial aid from San Diego Mesa College
  • Have a current major on file
  • Be enrolled in at least 12 units (or 6 if you have a verification letter from DSPS)
  • Have less than 70 degree-applicable college units
  • Have all transcripts sent to San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) Transcript Department
  • Have all transcripts evaluated by SDCCD
  • For information about how to submit transcripts & request evaluation, please visit the Transcripts and Evaluations site.

Learn About Our Programs

There are several EOPS programs tailored to address students' specific needs and expand their educational opportunities. Learn more about the benefits of our programs.

For Students with Child Dependents

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) provides support services to single parents receiving CalWORKs as they balance the responsibilities of college life and family obligations. Find out more about the requirements to qualify for CARE and receive additional services as an EOPS student.

Learn about CARE

For Current or Former Foster Youth Students

NextUP supports current and former foster youth students as they pursue their educational goals. Students can also participate in the FAST Scholars program and access an additional range of academic and basic needs support designed for Foster Youth Students.

Learn about NextUP and FAST Scholars

For Undocumented Students and Those with Mixed-Status Families

The Borderless Scholar program helps Dreamer, AB 540, DACA recipient, and/or Undocumented Students navigate college and provides specialized counseling and access to legal services to to encourage their success and empowerment.

Learn about Borderless Scholars

For Students Impacted By Incarceration

Rising Scholars (formerly Project Restart) is committed to supporting students who have been impacted by incarceration. The program provides access to a community of support as well as on and off-campus resources to encourage students' persistence despite their circumstances.

Learn about Rising Scholars

For First-Generation Students and Students with Disabilities

STAR TRIO is a program that includes six outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

Learn about STAR TRIO