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 Johnson County area.
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EOC Clients Who Qualify for Pell Grant
Completed a Financial Aid Application
Completed a College Application
Post Secondary Enrollment
Financial Aid Applications
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this cost?
Do I need to bring anything with me?
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. So if you are applying for Fall 2019 or Spring 2020, you should bring your 2017 tax return to your appointment, along with your W-2’s.
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! You are always welcome to bring a friend or family member to your appointment.
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?
How long will an appointment last?
Do you accept walk-ins?
Do you offer money for school?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.