U.S. Department of Education: Educational Opportunity Centers Program
The Educational Opportunity Centers Program (EOC) seeks to: provide information regarding financial and academic assistance available for qualified adults who want to enter or continue to pursue a program of postsecondary education; provide assistance to those individuals in applying for admission to institutions at which a program of postsecondary education is offered, including preparing necessary applications for use by admissions and financial aid officers; and assist in improving the financial and economic literacy of program participants.
An Educational Opportunity Centers project may provide the following services:
- Public information campaigns designed to inform the community regarding opportunities for postsecondary education and training
- Academic advice and assistance in course selection
- Assistance in completing college admission and financial aid applications
- Assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations
- Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial literacy and economic literacy of students
- Guidance on secondary school reentry or entry to a general educational development (GED) program or other alternative education program for secondary school dropouts
- Individualized personal, career, and academic counseling
- Tutorial services
- Career workshops and counseling
- Mentoring programs involving elementary or secondary school teachers, faculty members at institutions of higher education, students, or any combination of these persons
- Programs that are designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system, or other disconnected students
- Other activities designed to meet the purposes of the EOC Program
Competitive preference priorities are:
- Improving parent, family, and community engagement
- Supporting military families and veterans
Amount: Approximately $54,296,053 is available to fund up to 151 awards, ranging from $236,000 to $1,207,694 and averaging $377,661. Note: the maximum award amount for an applicant that is not currently receiving an EOC program grant is $236,000, based upon a per-participant cost of no more than $236 and a minimum of 1,000 participants. The project period is up to 60 months.
Eligibility: Institutions of Higher Education, public and private agencies and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth; combinations of such institutions, agencies, and organizations; and secondary schools.
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