Frequently asked questions

What is EOC?

A. The Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) is a federally funded TRIO program. Our main objective is to provide information and assistance to any adult interested in entering or continuing a postsecondary education program (2 year college, 4 year college or any vocational/technical school). All the services EOC provides are free of charge. View a description of the EOC services.

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What is GED?

A. GED stands for General Educational Development test - which is the equivalent of a high school diploma. If an individual does not have a high school diploma, she/he may take the GED exam. However, most states have specific GED age and educational requirement before enrolling in GED programs and taking the GED exam.  Most postsecondary schools require students to have a H.S. diploma or a GED certificate before they apply for/receive financial aid for higher education. Many colleges who offer GED classes may also provide special incentives for GED completers, it is best to ask your GED instructors.

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How do I obtain GED?

A. You will need to take a GED exam which is offered at many official GED Testing Centers throughout your state. A lot of them are located in local community colleges, adult learning centers or public schools. Your local EOC Coordinator can help you find the nearest adult education/GED program in your community.

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Can I enroll in college without obtaining GED?

A. In some cases you may be able to enroll in a community college without obtaining a GED credential. However, some colleges may have limitations on classes you can take, and in order to receive federal/state financial aid to assist with the rising cost of your education, you must have a high school diploma or a GED certificate. In addition, with the competitive workforce, your potential employer will likely require it for employment.

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What schools can you help me enroll into?

A. We can help you enroll into any accredited 2-year or 4-year college, or vocational/technical school in the U.S.!

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Can you help me find financial aid for college?

A. Yes! Though EOC does not operate any scholarship funds itself, we know where to find money for college! Your EOC Coordinator will provide you with necessary information, resources and help you complete financial aid applications.

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What is FAFSA?

A. FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is the application that will allow you to be considered for free federal money (grants), federal work/study programs, and/or federal loans to assist you with the cost of higher education. Most accredited postsecondary educational institutions strongly recommend that all potential students apply/submit their FAFSA each year. EOC recommends that all students submit their FAFSA early each year - your school will determine your eligibility and award amount. Make sure you check with your school's financial aid office what federal student aid programs it offers.

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Can you help me fill out the FAFSA?

A. Absolutely! EOC coordinators can assist you to complete and submit your FAFSA. Filling out FAFSA may seem confusing at first, and we are more than happy to help you fill it out step by step, and apply! Remember, as with all EOC services, this one is free too!

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When do I need to apply for the FAFSA?

A. The earlier the better! The FAFSA forms for the upcoming year are available online January 1st of each year. Many college and university financial aid offices strongly recommend submitting your FAFSA application online prior to the priority deadline which is February 14th. If you submit your FAFSA early - you may also be considered for additional funding based on a first come-first serve basis. The bottom line is: do not procrastinate - apply early! Call your local EOC Coordinator as early as possible if you need assistance completing your FAFSA.

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How do I apply for Pell Grant?

A. In order to apply for Pell Grant, one of the several federal education grants, you will need to apply for FAFSA. Need help? Contact your local EOC Coordinator.

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Are there any other funding sources that can cover my education costs?

A. Yes! There are grants and scholarships available that can assist with the cost of your education. It is recommended to check with your school’s financial aid office about what scholarships and funding resources they offer. In addition, contact your EOC Coordinator to assist with additional resources and information.

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What if I do not know which career is best for me?

A. You’re not alone! Many people entering colleges are not sure what career path is best for them. However, EOC can help by providing career assessments to identify your interests, strengths, likes and dislikes. Based on this information you will be able to set clear and focused educational/career goals. Contact your EOC Coordinator for assistance to identify your career goals and to plan your educational journey.

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What if I want to transfer to a different college?

A. Whether you are planning to transfer from a community college to a four-year college, relocating to another area and/or would like to continue your education, we are here to help you. EOC can assist with the transfer process: admissions, transfer requirement information, financial aid applications, transcript requests and necessary referrals.

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How do I find EOC coordinator in my area?

A. There are five EOC coordinators located throughout northern Arizona. Primary offices are located in Flagstaff, Tuba City, Kingman, Holbrook and Verde Valley. However, most coordinators travel to other outlying communities in their areas as well. In addition, EOC has a toll-free number 1-800-628-4494 to get connected with your EOC coordinator. We look forward to helping you to reach your educational/career goals - contact us today!

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