Tarrant County 817-531-2657    Dallas County 214-920-9288  


The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a program that helps adults further their education.  Whether that means exploring options for Adult Basic Education or High School Equivalency programs or enrolling in college, university, or vocational school. The program offers assistance free of charge to economically disadvantaged adults who live in Tarrant or Dallas county. In order to take advantage of the services, you have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident. 

As an EOC participant, you will meet with a Community Education Specialist who will work with you to create goals and an educational roadmap to reach those goals.  For example, if you want to attend college, your program specialist 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 and help create the roadmap to your success. 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 817-531-2657 for the Tarrant County office or 214-920-9288 for Dallas County.


You are eligible if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are a US citizen or permanent legal resident (provide your A#)
  • You live in Dallas or Tarrant County


You are ready if you meet at least one of the following:

  • You are interested in exploring a career path
  • You are ready to fill out admissions and financial aid applications
  • You are ready to start a new chapter in your education
  • You are ready to make a change to impact your future and that of your family as well