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The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a program that helps adults enroll in college, university, or vocational school. The program offers assistance free of charge to economically-disadvantaged adults who live in Tarrant or Dallas county who do not have a bachelor’s degree. In order to take advantage of the services, you have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident age 19 or older.

In order to receive services, people who meet the qualifications described above must complete an application to determine their eligibility according to federal guidelines.

As an EOC participant, you will meet with a Community Education Specialist who will help you navigate the admissions and financial aid process so that you can enroll in the college of your choice. The program specialist will talk with you about your skills, interests, and career plans. Visit Services to learn more.

The Educational Opportunity Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is sponsored locally by The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). The EOC is part of a group of programs known under the umbrella of “TRIO” programs. TRIO (coined for the first three programs started in 1972) includes Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and McNair Scholars. All of these programs give priority to low-income, first-generation individuals who want to improve their level of education.

The EOC has been sponsored by UT Arlington for more than 30 years. Every four years, the University submits a grant proposal to the U.S. Department of Education as part of a national competition. The federal government has awarded UTA grant funding for the EOC continuously since 1979.

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To learn more about available services and eligibility email us or call metro 817-531-2657.


You are eligible if you meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • You are a US citizen or permanent legal resident (provide your A#)
  • You are 19 years or older
  • You live in Dallas or Tarrant County
  • You never earned a bachelor’s degree and want to start your studies in the next 6-8 months


You are ready if you meet all of the following:

  • You know what interests you and what subjects you want to study
  • You are ready to fill out admissions and financial aid applications
  • You have support from family or friends for you plans to attend college
  • You can start your studies within the next 6-8 months