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On January 13, 2021, we published the notice inviting applications (NIA) for new awards for the FY 2021 Educational Opportunity Centers competition in the Federal Register (86 FR 2658). Under the NIA, applications were due on March 1, 2021.

The Department is reopening this competition for eligible applicants from affected areas in Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas, for which the President has issued a disaster declaration, to allow those applicants more time to prepare and submit applications For applicants that meet the eligibility criteria in the NIA published on March 4, 2021, we are reopening the competition until March 15, 2021. In addition, the NIA, extends the intergovernmental review deadline until May 25, 2021. Please review the Federal Register official notice of this reopening.

Application is available at GRANTS.GOV

Program Office: Federal TRIO Programs

CFDA Number: 84.066A
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also Known As: EOC, TRIO (This is one of eight TRIO programs.)

Program Description

The Educational Opportunity Centers program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. The program also provides services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants. An important objective of the program is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, and to assist in the application process. The goal of the EOC program is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions.

Types of Projects

Projects include: academic advice, personal counseling, and career workshops; information on postsecondary education opportunities and student financial assistance; help in completing applications for college admissions, testing, and financial aid; coordination with nearby postsecondary institutions; media activities designed to involve and acquaint the community with higher education opportunities; tutoring; mentoring; education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; and programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially 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 foster care system or other disconnected students.

Last Modified: 03/05/2021