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Learn About Extended Opportunities & Support

Explore Extended Opportunity Programs and Services

EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs & Services): is a program that supports the enrollment, retention, graduation, and transfer of students who have been challenged by economic and educational disadvantages.

CARE (Cooperative Agencies & Resources for Education):  is a sister program to EOPS, designed to provide additional resources for current EOPS students who are single parents/head of household, and recipients of CalWORKs/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Guardian Scholars:  supports the academic and personal goals of current and former foster youth attending Santa Monica College. The goal is to support, connect and increase academic awareness and achievement as students embark on their journey within higher education.

Discover EOPS Navigation Guide

Learn about resources and access for EOPS

Discover CARE Navigation Guide

Learn about resources and access for CARE.

Discover Guardian Scholars Navigation Guide

Learn about resources and access to support for current and former foster youth, probation youth and wards of the court

Connect to EOPS/CARE & Guardian Scholars Student Support

EOPS/CARE & Guardian Scholars offers a variety of ways to connect to student services and support.


For questions regarding our application, eligibility, program requirements, you can email EOPS/Care at

Please make sure to include your full name, SMC ID number, and a phone number to reach you.

Guardian Scholars

For general questions regarding the program and services, please email

Please make sure to include your full name, SMC ID number, and a phone number to reach you.

EOPS/CARE Counseling

Connect with an EOPS or CARE Counselor 

EOPS/CARE Counseling


Meet the EOPS/CARE & Guardian Scholars Team

Meet the Team


Gateway to Persistence and Success (GPS)

EOPS students, GPS offers access to support (counselors, support staff, or automated responses) based on the service. To find out more about the specific resources and services offered, follow these steps:

1. Log into SMC GPS using your Corsair Connect login information.

2. Click the three parallel lines next to "My Success Network", which offers a variety of resources:

  • Check your courses
  • Check your GPS messages
  • Use the "Raise Your Hand " feature and connect to a variety of resources

3. In the "My Success Network" self select the available resources and services displayed under EOPS. 


Thrive with EOPS/CARE & Guardian Scholars Navigation Tools

Utilize these tools to successfully navigate EOPS/CARE & Guardian Scholars services and resources.