Educational Opportunity Center

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly does EOC do?

According to the federal guidelines set up by the department of Education, EOC is designed to provide information regarding financial and academic assistance available for individuals who desire to pursue a program of postsecondary education. EOC also provides assistance to individuals in applying for admission to institutions that offer programs of postsecondary education, including assistance in preparing necessary applications for use by admissions and financial aid officers.

What population does EOC serve?

EOC targets low-income, first generation adults. 2/3’s must meet both criteria, 1/3 can be any adult needing EOC services.

What other programs does EOC work with to help participants?

  • Department of Human Services
  • State Health Departments
  • Workforce Offices
  • Drug Court
  • Headstart parent programs
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Department of Corrections
  • Public school systems (high school seniors not served by a Talent Search program)
  • Vocational/Technology Centers
  • Two-year colleges
  • Four-year universities
  • WIA/ResCare
  • Community Action Agencies
  • Private counseling centers

How many EOC programs are in Oklahoma?

There are six programs serving Oklahoma. (Southeastern Oklahoma State University, East Central University, Rogers University, Carl Albert State College, Tulsa Community College, and the University of Central Oklahoma.)

What are the specific services EOC provides?

EOC provides assistance with completing federal financial aid applications. Through the FAFSA on the Web, EOC projects are able to transmit financial aid applications quickly. Additional funding tools and online searches are used to help clients fund their education.

EOC’s provide academic and career assessments with the use of tools such as COPS, CAPS, COPES, and TABE.

EOC’s assist clients with admission forms, scholarship information, class schedules, GED information, and general information about schools of interest to the client.

Some EOC programs provide clients with tours of colleges and vocational schools.

An EOC project may provide additional supportive services to help increase the client’s probability of success. Types of additional services include tutoring, test prep, time management, and study skills seminars.

How many clients are served annually by EOC?

Each program’s numbers vary depending on how many counties they are serving. Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s EOC serves 1,620 clients in eleven counties.

Where are EOC participants placed?

Participants may be placed (enrolled) in adult basic education or GED classes, vocational/technology schools, online degree programs, two-year colleges, or four-year universities.