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Educational Opportunity Center

Interested in college, but don't know how to get started?

trio logo The Educational Opportunity Center can help you get started! We will give you all of the information you need to pursue your educational goals, and our services won't cost you a penny! EOC is a FREE program Palm Beach State College offers that is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance to adults 19 and older who desire a post-secondary education.  All services are FREE.  Read more About TRiO programs.

Don't wait any longer!

More education can mean more job opportunities, a faster climb up the career ladder and a larger paycheck. Regardless of your age, it's never too late to complete the degree or training you've always wanted.


Services Provided

Financial Aid

  • Understanding the financial aid process.
  • Completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Applying for state, local, institutional, and private scholarships.
  • Reconciling defaulted student loans for school re-entry.

Career Counseling

  • Completing Interest Profiles to determine fields that may best suit your interests.
  • Determine which careers are growing in job availability.
  • Evaluate minimum educational requirements for each field.

GED Referrals


EOC Workshops

The FAFSA Workshop will provide a hands-on overview and completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Discussion will include a review of the federal, state, school-based, and private funding sources.

Upon completion of this workshop, the participant will be able to effectively access the funding they need to complete their college degree.

Participants should bring their last year's income details to the workshop. Participants should be current college students or prospective college students.

The Financial Literacy Workshop focuses on the differences between the 3 types of financial aid: grants, scholarships, and loans.

Upon completion of the Financial Literacy Workshop will be able to differentiate between the types of Financial Aid that are available.

The College Admissions Workshop will provide a hands-on overview and completion of college admissions applications.

Examples will be provided of some of the issues that can arise during the admissions process, such as establishing residency and requesting transcripts

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be comfortable with the process between submitting application and enrollment.

The Career Counseling Workshop will provide guidance on how to identify careers that align with your interests.  Participants will be provided with resources that explain potential careers and majors based on their interest profiles.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be comfortable identifying potential majors and careers that will foster a successful environment.


What Documents to Bring to Your Appointment

All services require your IRS 1040 Tax Return form or other documentation of income.

To apply for FAFSA, the required documents are different for a dependent student and an independent student.

An independent student is defined as a student who:

  1. Will be at least 24 years old by December 31, 2017
  2. Is married
  3. Has children for whom they provide more than half of their child’s financial support
  4. Has dependents (other than child or spouse) who live with them and for whom they provide more than half of their dependent’s financial support
  5. At any time after turning 13 years old was an orphan, in foster care, or a dependent or ward of the court
  6. As defined by a court in the state of their legal residence was ever in a legal guardianship or an emancipated minor or
  7. At any time after July 1, 2016 was identified by a HS liaison, director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center, director of an emergency shelter, or director of a traditional housing program funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development as an unaccompanied youth who was homeless, self-supporting, or at risk of being homeless

If none of the above apply, you are a dependent student.

 

Independent Student

  • Your Social Security Card
  • Your Permanent Resident Card (only if not US Citizen)
  • Your (and your spouse’s) Federal Tax Returns (IRS 1040)
  • Records of any untaxed income (child support, social security, unemployment, etc.)
  • Your FSA ID and Password (if you do not have one, please create one at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm)

Dependent Student

  • Your (and your parent’s) Social Security Card
  • Your Permanent Resident Card (only if not US Citizen)
  • Your (and your parent’s) Federal Tax Returns (IRS 1040)
  • Records of any untaxed income (child support, social security, unemployment, etc.) for both you and your parents
  • Your (and your parent’s) FSA ID and Password (if you do not have one, please create one at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm)


How to Apply

EOC is divided into two sectors, which serve the north and south part of Palm Beach County, respectively. See the chart below to determine which EOC sector may serve you.

North Sector

Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach Lakes
Belle Glade
Pahokee
Loxahatchee
Jupiter
West Palm Beach
Royal Palm Beach 

South Sector

Boynton Beach
Lake Worth
Boca Raton
Delray Beach
Greenacres
Wellington
Lantana

 

Staff Contact & Location Info

North Sector

Historical Building- HIST 108
812 Fern Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561-868-4068


Program Manager: Ana Szogi
Phone: 561-868-4053

Post-Secondary Advisor: Syla Alcin
Phone: 561-868-4069

Post-Secondary Advisor: Xavier Bowden
Phone: 561-868-4068

Post-Secondary Advisor: Yessenia Urena
Phone: 561-868-4050

South Sector

Lake Worth Campus – SCA 137
4200 S. Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33461
561-868-3681


Program Manager: Cynthia Trager
Phone: 561-868-3684

Administrative Assistant I: Kyle Goodman
Phone: 561-868-3681

Post-Secondary Advisor: Lucil Gustave
Phone: 561-868-3308

Post-Secondary Advisor: Wendy Gueldner
Phone: 561-868-3961

 

Success Stories: We are looking for EOC alumni to write stories about how EOC helped them overcome barriers in order to get into postsecondary education.

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