(817) 241-4141 info@orstx.org

About EOC

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education that provides counseling and application assistance to any qualified participants interested in pursuing higher education. Higher education can be college, university, a trade school program, or any other training after the completion of high school or the GED. The EOC advisors are here to be your higher education advocates.

Participants in the EOC Program receive more than just help completing forms. Our experienced advisors understand the obstacles students face when enrolling in college – financial, personal, and family – and we will help you create a personalized plan to work through those obstacles to attend school.

EOC is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance at no cost to you, meaning all EOC services are 100% free. We currently service the Dallas, Johnson, and Tarrant County areas.

2022 Educational Opportunity Center Snapshot

EOC Clients Who Qualify for Pell Grant

Completed a Financial Aid Application

Completed a College Application

Post Secondary Enrollment

our services

Academic Counseling

We will help you create a personalized academic action plan, based on the career path you are pursuing. An EOC advisor will be there to assist you each step of the way.

Financial Aid Applications

Meet with a FAFSA expert. We will help you complete your financial aid application to maximize the amount of aid you may be eligible for.

College Applications

We will assist you with applying for admission to any college, university, or trade/technical school, and then walk you through the next steps for successful enrollment.

Scholarship Research

Get assistance with locating and applying for legitimate scholarship opportunities. Bring in your scholarship essays for constructive critique.

Career Exploration

Not sure where to start? An EOC advisor can help you navigate possible careers and the level of education necessary to enter a potential career field.

GED Resources

If you still need to complete your GED, no problem. We will help connect you to Adult Education or GED Live, an online GED course, and provide payment for two GED tests for eligible EOC clients.

Client Resources

EOC also offers a variety of free community presentations on higher education, career, and financial literacy topics. Our services are available to any school, business, group, or community organization at absolutely no cost to you. To request information for your business or organization please fill out the information form below.

EOC Application

Fill out the EOC application here.  You can find a Spanish application here

Repaying Student Loans

There are many repayment  choices now available, that are based on your current level of income. Discover     your options.

Community College Infomation

Discover the costs and admissions requirements for local Community Colleges.

Free Tuition Colleges

View this list of colleges that offer free tuition based on family  income.

Local Scholarships List

View a comprehensive list of scholarships for students in Johnson County, both high school seniors and adults.

Military Benefits Overview

Find different kinds of education and tuition benefits that are available to military service members, veterans, and their families. 

College Budgeting Worksheet

Compare the cost of attendance at different colleges in the North Central Texas area.

FAFSA Checklist

A downloadable list of all of the information you will need to successfully complete your FAFSA. 

Dependent Student Income Verification

Students who are considered dependent when filing their FAFSA must have their parent or legal guardian fill this out

Independent Student Income Verificaiton

Students who are considered independent when filing their FAFSA must fill this out

Educational Action Plan

Check out these steps for completing college registration.

Free Career Assessments

ORS would like to thank CareerFitter for their career assessment test generosity and support.  Learn more about their career test.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does this cost?
The Educational Opportunity Center program is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This means that all of the services and assistance we provide are completely free for the community that we serve. This includes individual appointments, community workshops, and application drives. If you need EOC assistance, make a free appointment today!
What areas do you serve?

The Educational Opportunity Centers at ORS serve Dallas, Johnson, and Tarrant counties. 

Do you offer virtual or in-person appointments?

Our EOC program that serves Johnson County offers in-person appointments at our Cleburne office location, as well as virtual and phone appointments.

Our Dallas & Tarrant County EOC programs only offer virtual and phone advising appointments at this time. Our virtual appointments are conducted through Google Meet. You can schedule your appiontment by going to eoc.setmore.com.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

If you would like to get free assistance with enrolling in school or applying for financial aid, all you need to get started is to schedule an appointment with an EOC advisor. No documents are required to be part of the EOC program. When you make an appointment, our advisors will help you through the rest of the process, and there is no obligation.

However, if you would like to apply for financial aid during your appointment, it is helpful to have your tax information. The FAFSA utilizes your income tax information from two years prior. For the 2024-2025 FAFSA, you will be using your income tax return for 2022.

Permanent residents should also bring their green card or alien identification number.

Dependent students will need to provide parent information to complete a FAFSA. For that reason, if you are a dependent student, bringing your parent or legal guardian is also beneficial in completing the process. If your parent is not able to accompany you, no problem. We will still walk you through the process.

If you do not need to complete a FAFSA, then you do not need to bring anything other than your questions!

Who is eligible for this program?
  • Anyone who is a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident, or a qualifying non-citizen (e.g. a resident of the Marshall Islands)
  • Anyone who expresses a desire to enroll, or is already enrolled in college, and is seeking help with applying for financial aid, scholarships, or enrolling in a program.

The EOC advisors will help anyone needing assistance with the college or trade school entrance process, as well as navigating the FAFSA. We can demystify this process for you, helping you to enroll in the higher education program of your choice and then maximizing the amount of financial aid you qualify for.

Is this for a particular school?
No, EOC will assist you with enrolling in any college, university, or technical school of your choosing. We will discuss the different options available  and help you make the best choice for you.
How long will an appointment last?
Depending on how many questions you have and what you would like our assistance with, an appointment with an EOC advisor can last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, typically. An average appointment to complete a college application and FAFSA may take approximately 45 minutes.
Do you accept walk-ins?

Yes, we welcome walk-ins to our Cleburne office in Johnson County. However, because of the work we do in the community, advisors may not always be in the office. If you are able to make an appointment ahead of time or call in advance, then we can ensure that an advisor is available.

Clients of our Dallas & Tarrant County EOC programs should schedule a virtual or phone advising appointment, or call/text our office at (817) 241-4141 for assistance.

Do you offer money for school?
No, EOC will help you access financial aid and other resources. In the spring, the ORS Board of Directors does fund two scholarships for participants of our EOC program.

The only direct financial assistance that the EOC program offers is payment for college entrance exam fees for low income clients. If you are low income based on our program criteria, you may qualify for payment assistance for the following tests: GED, HiSET, and TSI. Contact us at eoc@orstx.org for more information.

The EOC Programs are committed to providing opportunities to all qualified people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic, creed, religion, political beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran’s status, or physical or mental disability. The EOC Programs are 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education for up to $283,663.00 annually.