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Assistance Programs

State-, federal-, and grant-funded programs as well as partnership programs are available to assist students who need extra help in achieving their academic goals. We highly encourage you to explore these programs and visit when you find one that is a good fit.

Veterans Resource Center

We provide assistance to veterans who are using VA Education Benefits as well as offer veteran counseling appointments, mental health resources, community resources, computer use, free Veteran printing, and a Veterans’ lounge.

Visit the Veterans Resource Center

Disability Resource Center (The DRC)

The DRC offers a variety of services and equipment to help students function effectively and enable them to participate in the regular college curriculum.

Visit the Disability Resource Center


EOPS is a state-funded program designed for the orientation, recruitment and retention of California residents who are economically, socially, and educationally disadvantaged.

CARE, an extension of EOPS is to help provide educational opportunities and job experience for persons currently receiving TANF/CalWORKS (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).

Visit EOPS Visit CARE


Umoja is a community and critical resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students.


TRIO/Student Support Services

TRIO is a federally funded program that is designed to provide educational support and services to students of first generation, low-income, and disabled backgrounds to assist them in entering and completing post-secondary education.

Visit TRIO

Upward Bound

Upward Bound, an extension of TRIO, serves students from North County High Schools who are high-potential 4-year-college bound students.

Visit Upward Bound

Puente Program

Students in the Puente Program come from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds and are usually the first in their families to attend college. Puente has helped thousands of students transfer to a university, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors.

Learn about the Puente Program

North County Educational Opportunity Center (NCEOC)

The program is designed to identify and assist adult participants who want to enter, re-enter, continue, or enroll in a program of post-secondary education.


GEAR UP: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

GEAR UP works to support students in preparation to attend post-secondary schools, particularly for at-risk, low-income, and first-generation college-bound students.


FYRST: Foster Youth Retention Success and Transition

Created to promote equal opportunities and access to resources for current and former foster youth students. To initiate services, new FYRST students must first attend a FYRST Orientation and see the Foster Youth Counselor.


CalWORKS: California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids

The CalWORKS program assists welfare recipient students and those students in transition off of welfare to achieve long-term self-sufficiency.


Transitions: From Corrections to College

The Transitions Program is designed to provide previously incarcerated individuals a smooth transition from the California criminal justice system into Palomar College and the community.

Visit Transitions

Additional Resources