The Educational Opportunity Centers Program provides assistance and information to adults who seek to enter or continue a program of post-secondary education.
The program targets persons who express a desire to enroll, or are enrolled, in a post-secondary program and those who request information and assistance in applying for admission and/or financial aid. At least two-thirds of the students must be low-income, first generation college persons, age 19 or above, who need services in order to pursue a post-secondary education. If the services of an Educational Talent Search Program are not available in the target area, persons under 19 may be served.
Competitions for Educational Opportunity Center funding are held every four years. Second, third, and fourth year funding is based on approval of a non-competing continuation application. The grant competitions are held every five years.
Educational Opportunity Centers Programs may be sponsored by institutions of higher education, public and private nonprofit agencies, and in exceptional cases, secondary schools.
Services Provided by Educational Opportunity Center
• Academic, financial, and personal counseling
• Career exploration and aptitude assessments
• Assistance with the re-entry process to high school or college
• Information on post-secondary educational opportunities
• Information on student financial assistance
• Assistance in completing college admissions testing, college admissions applications, and financial aid applications
• Coordination with nearby post-secondary institutions
• Media activities designed to involve and acquaint the
community with higher education opportunities