Educational Opportunity Centers Program

What is the TRIO EOC Program? 

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

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.

EOC is one of eight federal TRIO programs, which are 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 EOC program and the Capital Region EOC at Hudson Valley Community College or Schenectady College and Career Outreach Center.  


What services does UAlbany EOC provide? 

UAlbany's EOC program provides the following services to participants:

  • Academic advising and course selection assistance

  • Assistance admission and financial aid applications

  • Assistance with preparing for college entrance exam

  • Financial literacy counseling and education

  • Guidance on secondary school re-entry, General Educational Development (GED) programs and other alternative education program options for adults who don't have a high school diploma

  • Tutoring services

  • Career counseling and workshops

  • Mentorship from K-12 teachers, university faculty members, students and others


Who is eligible to participate?

Participants in UAlbany's EOC Program must be meet all of the following eligibility requirements: 

  • At least 19 years old

  • United States citizen or permanent resident status (documentation needed) 

  • A resident of Albany County, Rensselaer County or Schenectady County, or a student attending or considering a school in one of those counties

  • Committed to a successful college education

Participants must also meet at least one of the following  eligibility requirements: 

  • Financial need, based on federal income guidelines 

  • First-generation college student — meaning the participant's parents and/or guardians did not graduate from a four-year college or university

  • A veteran of any age 



Contact UAlbany's EOC Program

Phone: 518-442-5125

Email: [email protected]