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EOPS, CARE, b2b and CalWORKs

  • EOPS is an academic support program for first generation students (students who are the first in their family to attend college), low-income (students who qualify for BOG fee waiver) and disadvantaged students of color (African American, Latino or Native American). Please click this link for more information on eligibility for EOPS.
  • CARE is a supplemental component of EOPS for single parents on Welfare (TANF). Please click this link for more information on eligibility for CARE.
  • b2b/Next Up (formerly CAFYES) is an academic support program for former or current foster youth or probation youth. Please click this link for more information on eligibility for b2b.
  • The Laney CalWORKs  Program “LaneyWORKs” is for students on Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF). Please click this link for more information on eligibility for CalWORKs.

Disabled Student Program and Services (DSP&S) is a program that determines and provides support for academic accommodations for students with disabilities.

Veterans Affairs is an academic support program for students who are veterans of the United States Armed Services.

Umoja-UBAKA is a program with a focus on supporting African American students (but all students can apply) success.

Community Resources (Education)

Berkeley Underground Scholars: A program for formerly incarcerated and systems impacted students at UC Berkeley. For more information contact Azadeh Zohrabi at

Project Rebound: A program for formerly incarcerated at San Francisco State University. For more information, contact

Street Scholars: A program for formerly incarcerated students at Merritt College. For more information contact Ron Moss at

New D.R.E.A.M.: A program for formerly incarcerated students at College of Alameda. For more information contact New Dream Coordinator Tia Barnes at

Community Financial Resources (CFR)

CFR hosts workshops for our participants and the campus community on topics like debt management, credit building and management, and budgeting (among other topics). They provide our members with a pre-paid debit card (US Bank Focus Card). For more information about CFR, click this link.

Record Relief

We refer students (who qualify) to the Alameda County’s Public Defender’s Clean Slate Program and are building relationships with other County Public defender’s Offices in California. We assist students with drafting their Letter to the Judge and we write a ROC Letter of Support on their behalf. For more information, click this link.

Sparkpoint Oakland

ROC has partnered with Sparkpoint/EBALDC to provide financial coaching to our students. Sparkpoint provides financial coaching to help students with building, maintaining, or establishing credit, learning how to start and follow a budget, tax preparation, and specialized services like direct assistance and the matched savings program. Contact ROC Staff for more information.

Education & Career Guide for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

Click this link to access’s guide for formerly incarcerated students offers in-depth information in several areas, including:

  • Information on different re-entry assistance programs
  • Getting your GED after incarceration
  • Financial aid & scholarships for previously incarcerated individuals
  • Finding employment after incarceration
Supporting our students from CTE to PhD and everything in between!