Frequently asked questions

Program Services


  • Public information campaigns designed to inform the community about 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 and economic
  • literacy of participants;
  • 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 and activities described above that are specially designed for participants who
  • are limited English proficient, participants from groups that are traditionally
  • underrepresented in postsecondary education, participants who are individuals with
  • disabilities, participants who are homeless children and youth, participants who are
  • foster care youth, or other disconnected participants; and
  • Other activities designed to meet the purposes of the EOC Program.




Participant Eligibility Criteria


  • An individual is eligible to participate in an Educational Opportunity Centers project if the individual meets all of the following requirements:
  • Is a citizen or national of the United States;
  • Is a permanent resident of the United States;
  • Is in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and provides evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Service of his or her intent to become a permanent resident;
  • Is a permanent resident of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Palau); or
  • Is a resident of the Freely Associated States—the Federated States of Micronesia or the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
  • Is at least 19 years of age; or
  • Is less than 19 years of age, and the individual cannot be appropriately served by a Talent Search project
  • Expresses a desire to enroll, or is enrolled, in a program of postsecondary education, and requests information or assistance in applying for admission to, or financial aid for, such a program.
  • A veteran, regardless of age, is eligible to participate




Target Counties


  • The counties served in this area include:
  • The City of St. Louis (Missouri)
  • St. Louis County (Missouri)
  • St. Charles County (Missouri)
  • Jefferson County (Missouri)
  • Franklin County (Missouri)
  • Madison County (Illinois)
  • St. Clair County (Illinois)
  • Monroe County (Illinois)
  • Clinton County (Illinois)