Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 1. How do I apply to become part of the EOPS program?
    Please see How to Apply.
  2. 2. What services will I receive?
    Academic, career, and personal counseling, book grants, access to the textbook lending library and EOPS scholarships, basic school supplies, priority registration, one-on-one tutoring, and participation in special events.
  3. 3. Is there anything I need to do to remain in good standing in the EOPS program?
    Yes. You will need to maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average each semester, complete a minimum of 3 EOPS counseling appointments each semester and complete no more than 70 units of degree applicable coursework in any combination of post-secondary higher education institutions.
  4. 4. What if I become ineligible?
    If you become ineligible, you have the right to appeal by filling out the EOPS Eligibility Appeal Form. You may only appeal one time per ineligibility factor. If you are not eligible to appeal, you can sit out for one semester and reapply the following semester.
  5. 5. Does EOPS accept new students in the Fall, Spring and Summer?
    EOPS only accepts new students in the Fall and Spring, not the Summer.
  6. 6. How many counseling appointments must I complete each semester?
    You must complete a minimum of 3 counseling appointments with an EOPS counselor each semester. One counseling appointment with a SAS counselor can count towards the 3 mandatory EOPS contacts, as can one contact with the EOPS staff.
  7. 7. Do I receive money for books?
    As part of the EOPS program, you will receive a book grant or book voucher. Note that grant amounts may vary from semester to semester, but usually range between $150 and $350.
  8. 8. Do I have to see an EOPS counselor?
    In order to fulfill your 3 required counseling appointments for EOPS, you must see an EOPS counselor but otherwise are free to work with any other academic counselor on campus.
  9. 9. What is an Student Education Plan (SEP)?
    A Student Educational Plan (SEP) is your roadmap for outlining a suggested course of study on a semester-by-semester basis based upon your college major(s), degree objective, transfer plans, and sequence of courses.
  10. 10. What is priority registration?
    Priority registration allows new EOPS students who have completed the matriculation process, as well as continuing EOPS students in good academic standing, to have priority enrollment for their classes over other students who do not meet these criteria. Priority registration generally takes place a week before most other groups of students are able to register, and helps ensure that students get exactly the classes they want when they want them.
  11. 11. Who do I contact to take the placement tests? If I already have taken the tests at another college, do I have to take them again?
    To take the placement tests, please contact the Assessment and Testing Center. Free placement test preparation for math is available in the Tutoring and Learning Center. If you have already completed English and math courses at College of Marin or another institution, you may not have to take your placement tests again. Check with your EOPS counselor for more information.
  12. 12. If I attended another community college, do I need to provide the EOPS program at College of Marin with transcripts from those colleges? Unofficial or Official?
    Yes, you must notify EOPS staff that you have attended another college and provide us with unofficial transcripts before acceptance into the program. An official transcript will be required from you prior to the end of your first semester in the program. Failure to disclose attendance at another institute of higher education will result in immediate and permanent disqualification from the EOPS program at College of Marin.
  13. 13. I have more questions about EOPS. Who should I contact?
    For additional information, please stop by the EOPS office located in the Learning Resources Center, Room 160 on the Kentfield campus, call (415) 485-9605, or email us at eops@marin.edu.