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Educational Opportunity Center

The EOC is designed to provide information regarding financial and academic assistance to qualified adults 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.

Services provided by EOC include: academic advice, personal counseling, and career workshops; information on post-secondary education opportunities and student financial assistance; help in completing applications for college admissions, testing, and financial aid; coordination with nearby post-secondary institutions; media activities designed to involve and acquaint the community with higher education opportunities; tutoring; and mentoring.

Eligibility: EOC services are available to adults 19 and older, and high school seniors not served by a Talent Search program, who have an interest in and potential to enter or re-enter a post-secondary training program. Participants must be US citizens (or eligible non-citizens).

Territory: The EOC serves the southern Oklahoma and northern Texas areas from the main office at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma and satellite offices in Ardmore, Idabel, Hugo, and McAlester, Oklahoma and at Grayson County College in Denison, Texas.

Contact Us

Telephone: (580) 745-2913 or 1-800-716-0413 outside the Durant area.
FAX: (580) 745-7403
Postal address: 425 W. University Blvd., Durant OK 74701
E-mail: tbarnes@se.edu

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Helpful Links

FAFSA on the Web – Want to apply for a Pell grant? Apply for federal grants and loans on the web. You do not need to have a pin number to do so.

Free Scholarship Search – Why pay for a scholarship search when they are available free on the internet at www.fastweb.com.

Loan Default – Want to go back to school but defaulted on a student loan? Click here to find out more information about rehabilitating your loan and going back to school.

Physicians Manpower Training Commission – Want to be a nurse? This is a financial aid opportunity for those who want to be in the medical profession and agree to stay in the state of Oklahoma after completing their training.

Occupational Outlook Handbook – Want to know more about a career including salary information and training required? From A to Z, all occupations are here.

Teaching Service Cancellation and Loan Deferment Options – Are you a teacher working in a low-income or shortage area subject matter? It may be possible to cancel or defer your federal student loan.

Loan Servicers – Who owns my student loan?  Click here for a list of student loan services and contact information.

Choctaw Nation Assistance Programs – Have a CDIB card? If so, check out the Choctaw financial aid opportunities.

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services – Have a documented disability? Click here for support and assistance opportunities when returning to school.

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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.