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Campus Reopening

The Fall 2021 semester will have more in-person class offerings and most student support services will partially return to serving students on campus by appointment only. Availability of in-person service is predicated on public health conditions and will comply with state and local COVID-19 mitigation recommendations. Contact the department for more information.

Fall 2021 Center for Excellence Zoom Drop-in
Meeting ID: 946 2817 1499
Zoom Link:

Click-in anytime on Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm. Join us on Zoom for quick questions as if you walked into the Center for Excellence. We are here to support you!

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Folsom Lake College extends the opportunity of attending higher education to those from educationally and economically, academically, and disadvantaged backgrounds. We not only strive to increase access to college but to commit resources to the retention of these underrepresented groups. Our staff is committed to working with each student so that they can reach their educational, career, and life goals.


EOPS Eligibility

In order to be eligible for EOPS at Folsom Lake College, you must meet ALL of the following:

  • Be a California Resident or Dream Act Student
  • Enrolled in 9 semester units (certain exceptions apply)
  • Have completed less than 70 degree applicable units
  • Receive the California College Promise Grant A, B or C (with EFC=0)

In addition, you must meet ONE of the following:

  • Placed in or have taken basic English, Math or ESL classes
  • High School or college GPA of 2.49 or below
  • Did not receive G.E.D. or pass high school equivalency exam
  • Being the first in your family to attend college

CARE Eligibility

All CARE students must first be admitted into EOPS. Additionally, you must meet ALL of the following:

  • Be a single parent, head of household
  • Receiving TANF/CalWORKs cash aid for self and/or child
  • Have at least one dependent child

NextUp Eligibility

All NextUp students must first be admitted into EOPS. Additionally, you must meet ALL of the following:

  • Current or former California foster youth whose dependency was established or continued by the court on/after your 16th birthday
  • Under 26 years old at the start of the academic year
  • Enrolled in at least 9 units (certain exceptions apply)

How to Apply

  1. Apply to Folsom Lake College
  2. Complete and submit the online application packet, which includes the following required documents:  
    • Online EOPS Application
    • A copy of your high school and/or college transcripts.
    • English and Math placement results.
    • A copy of your California College Promise Grant A, B, or C Fee Waiver. Note: If you receive version C, your EFC must be 0.
    • A copy of your Student Ed Plan (SEP) created with a counselor. *Must include next semester.
    • A copy of your class schedule for next semester.
  3. Once you are admitted to the EOPS program, attend a required EOPS orientation.

Student Responsibilities

In order to stay in good standing with EOPS and be eligible to receive all services we offer, students will be held responsible for meeting the following program requirements:

  • Fulfill all 3 EOPS contacts each semester (2 with an EOPS Academic Counselor and 1 with an EOPS Advisor).
  • Enroll in 12 units each semester (unit load accommodations can be made for students receiving services from DSPS).
  • Complete 9 units or more each semester with a term GPA of 2.00 or higher (unit load accommodations can be made for students receiving services from DSPS or designated ESL).

If at any point in the semester a student feels that they will not be able to meet any of these responsibilities, EOPS will be happy to meet with the student to discuss options and services.

Extended Opportunities Programs & Services (EOPS)

EOPS provides support services to students meeting specific educational and economic criteria, as well as students from underrepresented groups. Our services include counseling and advising, Priority 0 registration, textbook assistance, school supplies, workshops, and transfer assistance. 

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

CARE provides services in addition to those offered by EOPS to students who are single parents/head-of-household and receiving county aid from TANF. These services include supply vouchers, monthly transportation assistance, end-of-semester grants, and in-depth financial aid advising.

NextUp (formerly known as Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support [CAFYES])

NextUp provides services in addition to those offered by EOPS to students who are current or former foster youth. These services include supplies, monthly transportation assistance, and assistance with applying for the CHAFEE grant. 


Main Folsom campus
(916) 608-6560

El Dorado Center
(530) 642-5648

Rancho Cordova Center
(916) 361-6305     

EOPS/CARE/NextUp Staff


Main Folsom campus
Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

El Dorado Center
Monday to Thursday:
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Rancho Cordova Center
Monday to Friday:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm


Main Folsom campus
Aspen Hall FL1-108 (Center for Excellence)

El Dorado Center

Rancho Cordova Center
RCC1 (Front Counter)