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Education Opportunity Centers (EOC)

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

The TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education at Palm Beach State College

 

Who we are

The Educational Opportunity Center 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 and high school juniors and seniors who desire a post-secondary education.  All services are FREE. 

What we do

The EOCs assist one-on-one with services related to applications, financial aid and career decisions. We also present workshops to groups throughout the community about accessing education beyond the high school level and taking the next step to reach YOUR goals!

To schedule a workshop, or make an appointment, contact us! 


 Services We Provide

1. Assistance with Applying for Financial Aid

  • Understand the financial aid process
  • Learn about grants, scholarships, and loans
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Reconcile defaulted student loans 

Participants should bring their tax return from 2 years ago. For the 2018-19 school year, this would be the 2016 tax return. Read below to determine if you are dependent or independent:

An independent student is defined as a student who:

  • Will be at least 24 years old by December 31, 2018
  • Is married
  • Has children for whom they provide more than half of their child’s financial support
  • 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
  • At any time after turning 13 years old was an orphan, in foster care, or a dependent or ward of the court
  • As defined by a court in the state of their legal residence was ever in a legal guardianship or an emancipated minor or
  • At any time after July 1, 2016 was identified as an unaccompanied youth who was homeless, self-supporting, or at risk of being homeless by one of the following:
    •  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

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

Independent Student must bring:

  • 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 must bring:

  • 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

2. Career Counseling

  • Complete Interest Profiles to find your passion
  • Determine which careers are growing in job availability.
  • Evaluate minimum educational requirements
  • Learn about how much various career tracks earn

3. GED Referrals and Resources

  • Find GED classes near you
  • Obtain study material and practice tests
  • Receive funding for GED examination
  • GED tutoring

4. Financial Literacy

  • Personal finance strategies
  • Manage money as a college student
  • Learn about budgeting, credit, and investing

5. Assistance with Admissions

  • Learn what colleges are looking for and how to choose a college
  • Complete your college application
  • Establish residency and request transcripts

6. Resume/ Soft Skills

  • Build and polish your resume
  • Gain tips for interviewing
  • Learn about professionalism and work preparedness

EOC Regions

EOC is divided into two regions, which serve the north and south part of Palm Beach County, respectively. See the listing below to determine which EOC region/program may serve you. The grants are funded for $236,900 for the EOC South grant and $236,000 for the EOC North grant.

 

North Region

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

South Region

Boynton Beach
Lake Worth
Boca Raton
Delray Beach
Greenacres
Wellington
Lantana

 

 

Staff Contact & Location Info

 

North Region

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

Phone: 561-868-3671

South Region

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


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

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

Post-Secondary Advisor: Vacant
Phone: 561-868-4017

Office Assistant: Cherlande Collin
Phone: 561-868-3681

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