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 an Educational Advisor 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 Educational Advisor will help you navigate the admissions and financial aid process so that you can enroll in the college of your choice. The Educational Advisor 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, Talent Search and Student Support Services. All of these programs give priority to low-income, first-generation individuals who want to improve their level of education.

Free Services

  1. Help in completing applications for college admissions, testing, and financial aid
  2. Guidance on secondary school re-entry or entry to a GED program
  3. Career counseling and workshops
  4. Academic advice
  5. College pre-admission counseling
  6. Information on postsecondary education opportunities and student financial assistance
  7. Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students
  8. Apply Here


  1. Are looking to complete their high school equivalency or GED
  2. Have never attended, or previously attended but stopped out of, a postsecondary education or training program
  3. Have a desire to enroll in a postsecondary program, whether it is a certificate, career training, associate, or bachelor degree program
  4. Have limited financial resources
  5. Are first generation college students (those whose parents did not graduate from a 4-year university)
  6. Apply Here


  1. Be a resident of either Dallas or Tarrant County
  2. Have never attended, or previously attended but stopped out of, a postsecondary education or training program
  3. Have not already graduated with a bachelor’s degree
  4. Must be a US citizen, permanent resident, or show intent to become a permanent resident of the United States
  5. Are 19 years and older (exceptions can be made for high school seniors who do not have a TRIO program at their school, or youth who have stopped out of high school)
  6. Apply Here