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EOPS Office
Room A-300
Office Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 8 am to 5 pm, Fri. 9 am to 1 pm
Phone: 619-660-4204
Fax: 619-660-4279


Unlimited Potential! (UP!) Program

UP! Is a joint collaboration of the EOPS and Financial Aid program. It is designed for current and former foster youth, youth raised in guardianship, and/or homeless youth who want to attend college. Students do not have to meet EOPS eligibility to participate. UP! students do not have to be enrolled full time. In fact due to their unique circumstances, many UP! participants can not maintain full-time enrollment. However, UP!/EOPS Students need to be enrolled in 12 units or unit waiver provided by counselor.

UP! Services
UP! Services may include:
  • Academic, Personal, and Career counseling case management
  • Financial Aid case management
  • Community/basic needs resource referrals such as: housing, Medi-Cal, CalFRESH, etc.
  • Assistance applying for Financial Aid opportunities such as Chafee grant and scholarships
  • Assistance applying for EOPS or CARE
  • Life skills seminars
  • Cohort building events and orientation
  • Mentoring

Limited Funding Availability

UP! offers limited program support. Please stop in or call the EOPS program to inquire.

To Apply

UP! Welcome Back Spring Orientation Updates



  • Housing Resource – Housing programs available for foster youth
  • Medi-Cal/Covered til 26 – Free Medi-Cal coverage in California if you were in foster care in any state at age 18 or older. 
  • CalFresh – monthly benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels.

Check in with your UP! Counselor often for
support, encouragement, advice, and basic resources

UP! Foster Youth Liaison: Judi Smith

Last Updated: 04/03/2018

Student Success

As a former foster youth, I qualified for UP! In that program I worked closely with Pam Fleming, the UP! Financial Aid Advisor. I have never met someone so caring before. She is very genuine and I am very pleased to have her in my life. The UP! Program has helped me meet other people in my situation. They also helped me with academic, career, transfer, and personal advising. I knew I could always go to Pam or Nora if I needed help with my transfer process. Financial Aid, EOPS, and UP! contributed to my success at Cuyamaca College. I received my Associates Degree in Elementary Education. I transferred to San Diego State University in the fall and am doing great.  I encourage everyone to take advantage of the resources you have because they can lead you to many things. I would not have been able to do it without the help I received.

-Lyanna Derringer


EOPS Office
Room A-300
Office Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 8 am to 5 pm, Fri. 9 am to 1 pm
Phone: 619-660-4204
Fax: 619-660-4279

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