Educational Opportunity Center


  • Provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of post secondary education and services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants.
  • An important objective of the EOC program is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, and to assist in the application process.

Activities provided:

  • Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students;
  • Public information campaigns designed to inform the community about opportunities for post secondary education and training;
  • Academic advice and assistance in course selection;
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations;
  • Individualize personal, career, and academic counseling:
  • Guidance on secondary school reentry or entry to a General Educational Development (GED) program or other alternative education program for secondary school dropouts;
  • Tutorial services
  • Career workshops and counseling;
  • Mentoring programs involving elementary or secondary school teachers, faculty members at institutions of higher education, students, or any combination of these persons; and
  • Programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of foster care system or other disconnected students.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Who May Apply for EOC Grants:  Institutions of Higher Education, public and private agencies and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth, combinations of such institutions, agencies and organizations, and as appropriate to the purposes of the program; secondary schools.

Participant Eligibility:

  • Participants must reside in the target area served by an Educational Opportunity Center. The students must be at least 19 years old and two-thirds of them must be potential first-generation college students and low-income persons. If the services of a Talent Search program are not available in the target area, persons under 19 may be served.  Please see the program regulations in 34 CFR 644 for full eligibility criteria.

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