Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)
What is CARE?
Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) was established in 1982 as a supplemental component of the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) at El Camino College. The CARE program is designed to provide educational support services to the academically under-prepared, welfare-dependent, single head-of-household student population to help them achieve their educational goals. The intent of the program is to provide support services that help students acquire the education, training, and marketable skills needed to transition from welfare-dependency to employment and eventual self-sufficiency.
Students must meet both EOPS and CARE eligibility
criteria to be eligible for CARE.
Students are eligible for CARE services after completing EOPS contacts. Services are subject to change depending on funding availability
- Supplemental grant (student must be meeting SAP standards)
- Transportation assistance
- On-campus meal assistance
- Community and campus referrals
- Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law (Referral forms on FORMS page)
- You are a recipient of TANF/ CalWORKs (ATTENTION: Student or child must be receiving cash aid)
- You are at least 18 years of age
- You are single head-of-household
- You have at least one child in your custody (effective July 2017)
PLUS you must meet EOPS Eligibility
- Be a California resident or AB540 or AB1899
- Be enrolled full-time (12 units or more) when accepted into the program
- Not have completed more than 70 degree applicable units (including all colleges/universities)
- Complete a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application and be eligible for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver Program (BOGFW) Income Standards under Method A, B, or C with zero family contribution.
- Have an educational need in ONE of the following areas:
- Placement scores below English 1A or Math 73/80
- Non high school graduate
- Have not passed the California Proficiency Exam nor earned a GED
- Previous enrollment in remedial courses
- High school graduate with GPA below 2.5
- Other factors as determined by the EOPS Director
- Complete CARE student mutual responsibility contract
- Meet with the CARE Advisor three times each semester to recieve CARE services
- Be in compliance with the EOPS student mutual responsibility contract
- Complete Agency Certification for benefit verification annually