Pepperdine University offers a special scholarship for former foster youth who want to major in business. To be eligible, students must:

·         Be admitted to Pepperdine’s Seaver College
·         Have been in formal foster care under court supervision during high school
·         Be a U.S. citizen
·         Declare a major in business administration, international business, or accounting
·         Have a B average or better in BOTH high school and community college (if attending community college)
·         Maintain at least a B average while at Pepperdine
·         Complete the bachelor’s degree within five years of starting college

The application deadline for admission for Fall 2015 is January 5. Application information can be found at


The Alameda County Social Services Agency will once again provide “No Cost” tax preparation services this tax season through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)/Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program at the Eden Multi-Service Center (Hayward), Enterprise Office (Oakland), and Thomas L. Berkley Self-Sufficiency Center (Oakland) locations from January 22, 2014 through April 14, 2014.  For more information about locations and services, please follow the link to the event flyer:

Applications to become a new Diablo Valley College EOPS student for the Spring 2014 semester are being accepted through Friday, January 23, 2014. The office will stop accepting applications at 1pm on Friday.

Students who are accepted in the program are eligible for a wide variety of valuable services to help them succeed in college, including the following:

Priority registration – Be one of the first students allowed to register for classes Academic, career, and personal counseling – Two counselors are dedicated to seeing EOPS students only. This means it might be easier for EOPS students to get counseling appointments Book vouchers – Free money to help you pay for some of your expensive textbooks Tutoring – Free peer-to-peer tutoring available in certain subjects and much, much more!

To be eligible for the program, you must meet the following criteria:

Be a California resident Be a full-time student (enrolled in 12 or more units) your first semester in the program (a 9-unit minimum exception can be made for parent students and foster youth) Not have an Associate Degree or higher or more than 70 degree applicable units Be qualified to receive the Board of Governors Fee Waiver

To ensure your spot in the program, stop by the EOPS Office to pick up an application, or contact your START coordinators for more information.

For more information about EOPS, visit their website:

Quick reminder about a very important semester deadline…

If you need to drop a full-term Fall 2013 DVC class. This Friday, November 22nd, is the last day to be able to withdraw with a “W” on your transcript.

If you’re thinking about a particular class and need advice about whether to stay in it or drop it, don’t forget your DVC counselors are an excellent resource. Drop-in visits with counselors are available this week. Visit the Counseling Center to check the schedule.

The EOPS Summer Institute is a summer bridge college readiness program designed to prepare graduating high school seniors and current juniors for the transition from high school to college. The program is a six-week academic college readiness that helps prepare students for life as a college student. Through academic preparatory classes and an extended Orientation to College class, SI grads complete the program ready to be successful college students. The program combines academic advancement, with community building and fun activities (e.g., free field trip to UC Berkeley and free community pizza lunches) to help students build friendships and get ready for life as a college student.

If you are looking for a way to bridge the gap between high school and college, the Summer Institute may be the perfect opportunity for you. To enroll in the program, visit the EOPS Summer Institute link below:

EOPS Summer Institute

June 18 – July 26, 2012
Monday – Thursday
8:30am – 1:50pm


With a course catalog over 300 pages, new degrees and certificates being offered every year, and more competition to get into classes, no wonder finding the right classes to take each semester can be challenging.

If you are current or former foster youth attending DVC, or looking to enroll at the college, and would like some help planning your classes for the summer and fall semester, your START coordinators are available to assist. Contact START today to set up an appointment to discuss your educational and career goals and make sure you are picking the right classes to prepare for your future.

If you are planning to attend a college or university in Fall 2012 or Spring 2013, and you’re interested in applying for federal financial aid, now is the time to submit your FAFSA for the 2012-2013 academic year. The priority filing deadline is coming up on Friday, March 2, 2012. To submit your FAFSA, go to, and click on the “START HERE” button in the middle of the page.

Since federal aid is assigned on a rolling basis, the sooner you submit your FAFSA, the better. If you need more assistance submitting your FAFSA or would like to find out about other sources of financial aid to help you pay for college, contact a START coordinator today (

Even though we’re still in the middle of April showers, it’s time to start thinking about your summer … classes, that is.

Check out the DVC Summer 2010 schedule available online. If you’re an EOPS student, you can start registering for your summer classes Monday, April 12, 2010. For all other students, be prepared to start registering Tuesday, April 13, 2010. As always, check Webadvisor for your exact registration time.

While you’re at it, get a head start and browse through the Fall 2010 schedule. It can also be found at the website given above.

Applications for the DVC Scholarship program are still being accepted. To put your name in the running for scholarship money available only to current DVC students, you must submit your application by Tuesday, February 2nd.  

To find out more information about the scholarship process and whether you are eligible, please visit: Students must complete a scholarship application online, a 1-2 page essay discussing their educational goals, leadership, and educational journey, and submit two letters of recommendation. Only complete applications will be considered for awards.

This is a great opportunity to get extra money to help support you as a DVC student. There are hundreds of scholarships availalable. Don’t miss out.

Have you registered yet?

December 2, 2009

With the spring semester just around the corner, we hope that those of you who are enrolled in the EOPS or DSS program have already taken advantage of your 11/23 and 11/24 priority registration dates. If not, it’s not too late to get a jump on registration. Log onto WebAdvisor and enroll in your classes ASAP. If you’re an EOPS student and would like a copy of the spring schedule, stop by the office to get your free copy.

Even if you’re not an EOPS or DSS student, the date and time that you should be able to sign up for classes next semester may have already passed or will be coming up soon. Check WebAdvisor for your registration date and time.

We’re expecting classes to be completely full next semester, so we cannot stress this enough: Register as early as possible to get the classes that you need to graduate.

If you need any assistance, come see Rudolf in Financial Aid or Lindsay in EOPS.