Frequently Asked Questions

The answers you need to move forward

What is EOC? The Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) is a federally funded TRiO Program. Our primary objective is provide information and personal assistance to adults who want to attend college or vocational school. EOC does not recruit for any school but can assist you to apply to any school in the U.S.

Can EOC assist me with financial aid? EOC does not provide direct funding. However coordinators can assist students to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Competing the FAFSA can open doors for receiving grants, scholarships and/or loans.

When do I complete my FAFSA? Anytime! However, it’s best to start 3-6 months before you want to start school. Funding is not automatic, your chosen school will request additional financial documentation. Be prepared with previous tax information and verification of identity information. FAFSA must be completed every academic year.

What if my situation is more complex? Contact your EOC coordinator to discuss further, it’s likely it can be addressed.

What is the Pell Grant? Federal grant funds awarded if you qualify by completing the FAFSA and documentation. Grants and scholarships are the best options to avoid financial debt. Loans must be paid back with interest. More on Pell Grants.

Can EOC help me to earn my GED? EOC can provide information to the nearest GED Program and testing center in your area. For more information on the GED Exam and testing centers go to:

Do I need my GED or high school diploma to attend college? Some college let you take courses without – however you are not eligible to receive any financial aid to assist you with the high cost of obtaining a higher education. It is best to earn your high school diploma or GED. In addition, in a competitive workforce many employers may request proof of high school/GED completion.

What if I don’t know what I want to study in college? EOC Coordinators have access to career inventories which can be completed on site and reviewed. This provides information on your interests and what might be a good fit for your type of personality, work values, skills, interests and goals. 

What if I want to transfer to another college? EOC coordinators have experience and are knowledgeable about the transfer process. Many two-year community colleges have transfer partnership programs to four-year universities for a seamless smooth transfer. EOC coordinators can assist and guide you with your admission, financial aid and academic transition.

How do I find my EOC Area Coordinator? There are five coordinators located in various communities throughout Northern Arizona. Primary offices are located at local community colleges where students can meet there and/or coordinators also travel to more rural communities on the Hopi Reservation and across the Navajo Nation as well. It is best to see who the closest coordinator in your area is and contact them for more detailed information. EOC coordinators are eager to personally assist you to begin your educational journey toward achieving your goals. Please contact us today!