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Celebrating over 40 years of serving students and families in our communities since 1969.

Mission Statement

Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS) at El Camino College is dedicated to the delivery of a comprehensive program that encourages the enrollment, retention and transfer of students who are challenged by language, social, economic, and educational disadvantages.

EOPS is designed for the sole purpose of enhancing the success of students in meeting their educational goals and objectives. As a comprehensive program, EOPS is driven by a philosophy of providing services that are “over and above in addition to” services available to all students. EOPS strives for innovative and creative ways to enhance and encourage students’ academic success and excellence, while fostering the student’s personal growth and development.

Program Legacy

EOPS was established in 1969, amidst the struggle for civil rights and racial equality. Students and community activists held demonstrations to protest the under-representation of minorities and low-income students in higher education. In response to the social and political pressure, the state of California passed Senate Bill 164 and amended the Title V regulations, to authorize community colleges to develop the EOPS program for the purpose of supporting economically and educationally disadvantaged students in the community college system.

Since then, EOPS has been operating under the philosophy that everyone has the potential to learn. Necessary support and retention activities were developed to include intensive bilingual counseling, assistance in applying for financial aid, tutoring, summer enrichment and retention programs, book services, emergency loans and special orientations.





EOPS is longer accepting applications for the Fall semester. Please submit an Online Student Contact Card to be notified as soon as we begin accepting applications for Spring 2015. Be sure check the EOPS website periodically for program updates or use the link and like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date. 


Important Changes to Financial Aid 

Please read below to note the changes coming to all Financial Aid students.

Board of Governors Fee Waiver Paper Application

The El Camino College and El Camino College Compton Center Financial Aid Offices will begin requiring all students who apply for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW) utilizing the paper application to verify income. Students who are unable to verify income will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application for the 2013-2014 Award Year.

Financial Aid Award Letters

The El Camino College and El Camino College Compton Center Financial Aid Offices will be posting award letters on MyECC for the 2013-2014 Award Year. The federal and state grants with exception of the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW) listed on the financial aid award letter are contingent on a student meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), assumes enrollment as a full-time student (12 or more units per term), and submission of all required documentation to the Financial Aid Office.

Eligible Program for Financial Aid

A student must declare an eligible program in order to receive federal student aid. A student may change their program online through MyECC or by meeting with an academic counselor. A complete listing of eligible programs may be found on the Financial Aid Office Web page.

Acceptable Reasons for Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress {SAP) Appeals

A student may appeal a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal for the following reasons:

  1. Illness or accident of the student - documentation required
  2. Death of an immediate family member - documentation required
  3. U.S. military service orders - documentation required
  4. Additional time needed to complete an educational goal beyond an associate degree or higher
  5. Has exceeded 150% maximum time frame allowed for the completion of educational program due to degree changes or transfer credits that do not apply to degree program - documentation required.

150% Maximum Time frame for Financial Aid

A student is allowed a maximum time frame not to exceed 150% of the length of an eligible program. All courses with grades of A, B, C, D, or F, as well as P, W, I, IP, NP, MW, and repeated courses will be counted as attempted units applied to the maximum time frame allowed. Courses from other regionally accredited colleges or universities that have been evaluated by the Admissions & Records Office and applied to the student's academic record will also be counted toward the maximum time frame. Students who exceed the maximum time frame will be disqualified from receiving federal student aid.


  • Textbook vouchers for the Spring and Fall Semesters
  • Priority registration and registration assistance
  • Academic, career and personal counseling available by appointment or walk-in
  • Career Services
  • New Student Intake Orientations
  • Individual tutoring
  • Computer Lab with 8 stations and free printing
  • Peer advisement
  • Recognition grants
  • University application fee waivers
  • CARE - a supplemental program to support single parents who are receiving TANF/CalWORKs


Student Responsibility

  1. Enroll in at least 12 units per semester
  2. Maintain academic progress toward your educational goal by completing a minimum of 50% of all units enrolled each semester with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  3. Acknowledge that EOPS can only provide services for 6 consecutive semesters or 70 degree applicable units
  4. Meet with an EOPS Counselor to matriculate (please bring your educational planning worksheet).
  5. Pick up and submit completed progress reports before the posted deadline.
  6. Enrolled in Human Development 8 for one semester (You must meet with an EOPS Counselor upon completion)
  7. Complete one workshop per semester and submit workshop form to an EOPS Counselor when not enrolled in a Human Development course
  8. Participate in a total of 3 Counseling contacts per semester (as indicated in 4 - 7 above)
  9. Follow your Student Educational Plan (SEP) and notify an EOPS Counselor of any changes in your major and/or schedule
  10. Will notify the EOPS Office before you add or withdraw from any class(es), and if you change your name, address, or telephone number

Important Dates

Monday, January 6, 2014

First Day to Apply for Fall Graduation and Certificates

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Spring Semester Begins

Tuesday, January 21 - Thursday, March 27, 2014

1st Counseling Contact (Complete six semester ed. plan and have it verified by an EOPS Counselor)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Last Day to Add Classes (Full Semester Classes - See Short Term Calendar)

Last day to DROP without notation on permanent record

Friday, February 14, 2014

Last Day to Apply for Fall Graduation and Certificates

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
2nd Counseling Contact First day to pick up Progress Report Forms (EOPS Office SSVC-202)
Saturday, March 1 - Monday, March 31, 2014
3rd Counseling Contact (EOPS Workshops - You may attend other workshops offered on campus excluding fairs)
Thursday, March 27, 2014 Six Semester Student Educational Plan must be COMPLETED & FILED.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 Last day to turn in EOPS PROGRESS REPORTS
Friday, April 18, 2014 Last day to drop with a “W” on your transcript
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Continuing student registration begins for Summer/ Fall 2014 (check MyECC for your registration appointment). Remember to submit your class printout to be considered for a book voucher issued on a first come, first served basis.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 Last day to turn in EOPS workshops slips (No Exceptions)
Monday, May 12 - Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

Spring Semester Ends




Stop by the EOPS Office today!

El Camino College, Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS)
16007 Crenshaw Boulevard,Student Services Building, Room 203
Torrance, CA 90506
Office Phone: (310) 660-3466
Office Hours: Monday thru Thursday 9am - 5:30pm; Friday - 9am 12:30pm
 Last Published 6/30/14