Educational Opportunity Centers Program

What is the TRIO EOC Program? 

The federal Educational Opportunity Centers Program (TRIO EOC) provides admissions and financial literacy counseling to qualified adults who want to start or continue their college studies.

TRIO EOC aims to teach participants about their financial aid options and basic financial planning and to guide them through the application process so that more adult learners enroll in higher education and achieve their educational goals.

TRIO EOC is one of eight Federal TRIO Programs, a collection outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities, so these students can progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

The TRIO EOC Program is separate and different from the SUNY Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) Program. You may participate in both the UAlbany TRIO EOC Program and the Capital Region EOC at Hudson Valley Community College or Schenectady College and Career Outreach Center.  


What services does UAlbany TRIO EOC provide? 

UAlbany TRIO EOC program provides the following services to participants:

  • Academic advice and course selection assistance
  • Assistance in completing college admission and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
  • Education and counseling to improve financial and economic literacy
  • Guidance on secondary school reentry to a General Educational Development (GED) program, for adults who do not have a high school diploma
  • Individualized personal, career, and academic counseling
  • Tutorial services
  • Career counseling and workshops
  • Mentorship from faculty members, students, and others
  • Programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for learners who have limited English proficiency, learners from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, learners with disabilities, and other disconnected learners.

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Who is eligible to participate?

To be eligible for the UAlbany TRIO EOC Program, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • At least 19 years old
  • United States citizen or permanent resident status (documentation needed) and resident of Albany, Rensselaer, or Schenectady Counties
  • Financial need, based on federal income guidelines or
  • First-generation to college (parents and/or guardians did not graduate from a four-year college or university)
  • Desire to enroll, reenroll, or are enrolled in college (associate or bachelor's degree) and need information or assistance in applying for admission to, or financial aid for, such a program.

Two-thirds of participants must be both income-eligible and first-generation college.

TRIO EOC at the University at Albany is a federally funded five-year grant through the U.S. Department of Education with an annual budget of $232,050 to support 850 eligible adults.


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Contact UAlbany TRIO EOC

Christine Wagner, PhD, Interim Vice Provost & Dean of the Graduate School
Project Director

Phone: 518-956-8031
Email: [email protected]  
Download: EOC Program Poster


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