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The Character of the EOC Program

The UNM Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), a U.S. Department of Education funded TRIO program, is an educational outreach program that offers educational services to students who want to enter or continue postsecondary education. EOC services the educational needs of adults (19-years-old or older) as well as youth (18-years-old and younger) who are not being served by a Talent Search Program.

EOC supports a variety of potential college student groups including: high school seniors who are transitioning into college; individuals without a high school education interested in obtaining a GED diploma as the first step to prepare for college enrollment; and individuals who either want to enroll for the first time or re-enroll in college.

EOC offers the following services: assistance in submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); help with the admissions application and enrollment process to the college of the participants’ choice; assistance in searching for additional scholarships and its application process; guidance on the college transferring process; general academic advisement; general financial literacy information; GED educational referrals and resources; and financial aid and college admissions workshops.

EOC services are FREE and provided on a one-on-one basis or in workshop sessions with the collaboration of various community partners.

Target population: New Mexico residents of Bernalillo, Torrance, and Valencia Counties; U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents; Low-Income and/or First-Generation College Students; Veterans or Active Duty Service Members of the Armed Forces and their respective immediate family members.

Number of participants served annually: 1,000 Funding provided by: U.S. Department of Education-TRiO Programs Amount of funding: $1,150,000 for 2011-2016 Established at UNM: 2002

  • Enroll in free GED programs
  • Obtain GED Diplomas
  • Transition from High School to College
  • Enroll or Re-enroll in College
  • Apply for Scholarships
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


Enrollment in the UNM Educational Opportunity Center is open to individuals who are:

U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Eligible non-Citizen

Parental Consent FormAt least 16 years of age or older

Express a desire to enroll, re-enroll, or continue in college

Express a desire to obtain a GED Diploma with the purpose of enrolling in college

Resident of Bernalillo, Torrance, or Valencia County

Priority will be given to:

First Generation College Students (neither parent has a Bachelor’s Degree)

Low-Income (see Federal TRiO Low-Income Levels Chart)

US Veterans, regardless of  age, economic status, or educational background


How do I apply?

Submit an application and an EOC staff member will contact you to set up an appointment. If you have questions, you may contact us by phone at 505-277-2203 or by email at

Or fill out the online contact form:

Contact Form

GED® Resources

One of EOC’s objectives is to help those participants, who did not finish high school, obtain a GED® diploma!

We provide the following services:

  • Referrals to free GED® preparation programs
  • Study materials in preparation for the exam
  • Exam waivers to cover the cost of the GED® exam (when funds available)

In order to obtain a GED® Exam fee waiver, the participant must have successfully passed a GED® practice test

Enrolling in College

EOC offers the following services to high school seniors who are transitioning into college and to high school/GED adult graduates who are enrolling in college for the first time by providing the following services:

  • Explain the college admissions requirements
  • Provide local college information
  • Assist with applying to the college of your choice
  • General Academic Advisement
  • Complete and submit the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Search and apply for additional scholarships
  • Financial Literacy information and referrals
  • ACT exam waivers for those high seniors interested in enrolling at UNM
  • College admissions application fee waivers to most community colleges and universities

Reenrolling in College

The EOC assists college dropouts or those who step-out of college to reenroll to the college of their choice by providing the following services:

  • Explain the college readmission process
  • Reapply for college admissions
  • Provide local college information
  • Reapply for financial aid and scholarships
  • Renew the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Information on how to resolve defaulted student loans
  • College admissions application fee waivers to most community colleges and universities
  • Financial literacy information referrals


The process of getting into college can seem overwhelming the first time you apply for financial aid. Financial aid is funding/money used to help you pay for college and career schools and may include: grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships. A person must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) SM to find out if she/he is eligible for financial aid. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

An EOC advisor can help you:

  • Complete and submit the FAFSA online
  • Find additional scholarships
  • Understand the FASFA renewal process
  • Referrals to seek further assistance to resolve student loan defaults

Complete and bring the EOC-FAFSA Required form sheet to your next appointment with and EOC advisor PDF Form

Identify what documents you need to fill out the FAFSA:

  • Dependent students must provide their Parent’s Income Tax Return, either Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, or any other form filed to the IRS the prior year.
  • If the student worked, he/she must also provide his/her Income Tax Return from prior year.
  • If parents are married and both worked, provide their respective W-2 Forms
  • Independent students must provide their Income Tax Return, either Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, or any other form filed to the IRS the prior year. *Note: you can still complete and submit the FAFSASM online even if you or your parents did not file federal taxes.

FAFSA Website:
FAFSA Dependent Guidelines:
FAFSA Independent Guidelines:

EOC Partners

EOC recognizes that home, school, and community all influence the educational potential of all students; thus, we understand the importance of educational partners to increase access to resources for student. In our efforts to provide the best possible educational opportunities to our participants, EOC staff maintains active partnerships with a wide range of organizations in order to encourage our diverse participant population, with different educational needs, to pursue a postsecondary education. These partnerships include:

  • Schools (High Schools, Vocational, Career, Technical)
  • Universities & Community Colleges
  • Community organizations
  • Family-oriented organizations
  • GED® programs
  • Adult literacy programs
  • Veteran serving programs

With a strong community component, EOC works with various programs and organizations such as homeless shelters, general education programs, community education organizations, missions and charities.

EOC believes partnerships are necessary for achievement and supports active collaboration with organizations and programs in Bernalillo, Valencia, and Torrance Counties.

If you would like more information on an EOC partnership or would like to establish a partnership with EOC, please contact Marcial Martínez by phone at (505) 277-2203 or by email at

Contact Information

Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)
UNM CEOP Outreach
UAEC Building 85, Suite 250
2nd Floor, Suite 250
MSC06 3715 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Fax: (505) 277-3165
Hours of Operation:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday - Friday

EOC Advisors

Professional Staff

Director-Program Specialist
Marcial Martínez

Educational Outreach Specialist
Jenny Quiñonez-Mba

Sergio Leanos

EOC Program Assistants
Abhishek Darak Graduate Assistant
Lomana Giraldo, Graduate Assistant

Mailing Address:
UNM CEOP Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)
1 University of New Mexico
MSC06 3715
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Student Services Office of Student Affairs University of New Mexico

EOC Program Description:

EOC helps our participants enter, re-enter or transfer to a postsecondary education program. Our target population is low-income adults whose parents did not attend college, however we are not limited to only serving that population.

The first hurdle many of our target population face in getting into college is the lack of a high school diploma, and so our first objective is to help those participants without a diploma obtain their GED® diploma, through providing GED study resources, referrals and waivers to pay for the GED test.

Once our participants have a diploma, we can provide almost any service that will support their efforts to get into college, but mainly focus on career planning, deciding on a major or certificate program, applying to the college of their choice, applying for financial aid, finding additional scholarships to meet their financial need, and financial planning.

We currently document the services provided to each participant, and can provide documentation on the following Student Services KPIs:

New student enrollment:

Our participants authorize us to review their enrollment status using Student Clearinghouse, and all participants that enroll during the year that we serve them will have a print out of their Student Clearinghouse report.

For 2010-2011, we assisted 254 students apply for financial aid, 171 apply for admission to post secondary education, and 179 enrolled or re-entered into post secondary education. Note: We only track the type of institution a participant enrolls in (Public 2-year/Public 4-year /Private/etc) however I believe that the 77 we helped enroll in a “Public, four-year institution” all enrolled at UNM. For students from 2011-2012, I can provide more specifics if requested.

NM Achievement Gaps:

Our intake forms track demographic data, and while I am unclear which specific achievement gaps are being measured, I am confident that we are serving those specific populations, and helping them improve their education and reduce the gap. This information is documented in participant files, the EOC participant database, the EOC monthly report to Rosa as well as our Annual Performance Report to the Department of Education.

For 2010-2011 we assisted 683 low-income & potential first-generation college students, 43 low income, & 7 first-generation participants. Of those, 67 were American Indian or Alaska Native, 40 were Black or African American, 430 were Hispanic or Latino. We do not currently identify if a participant is from a Rural or Urban background.

For 2010-2011, in addition to the participants we helped with post-secondary education, we helped 71 of our participants who did not have a HS diploma enroll in a GED study program and helped 12 receive their GED.

Student Leadership Development & Career Readiness:

We do not track any information on student leadership development, but do track efforts to help with career planning. However, that information is only tracked in participant files and is not currently being tracked in the database or the monthly/annual reports. Finally, the information we have to report to date in this area is very limited, but we have ordered the resources necessary for us to do a more comprehensive career development portion during our one-on-one meetings as well as potentially doing workshops, and so will have more information as the year progresses.

This data is not collected in the APR format, and so I do not have it available for 2010-2011, however as we finalize the 2011-2012 data we will be able to provide data on those participants who received career readiness.

P-20 community outreach:

In large part, our participants do not come to us, we need to go find them, and so we do significant outreach. We document each outreach activity with a sign-in sheet and also report on our activities on our monthly report. We largely limit our outreach to high school age and above. We also document all the community partner meetings we participate in.

For 2010-2011, we had 168 official participants aged 14-18, 311 participants aged 19-27, and 257 participants aged 28+. Of those participants, 12 were veterans and 37 had limited English proficiency. I do not have figures on the number of outreach events we did, but will be able to provide that information for 2011-2012 data, once the data has been finalized.


Our Mission

The Educational Opportunity Centers program at the University of New Mexico was founded in 2002 under the Division of Student Affairs. The UNM Educational Opportunity Center Program (EOC-TRiO) aspires, in partnership with community partners, to positively change people’s lives through educational opportunities. Our goal is to provide the academic foundation necessary for our participants to reach their true potential and pursue a higher education.

We are dedicated to serve our participants under a safe environment with the understanding that diversity of gender, physical or mental ability, culture, socioeconomic status, and background are strengths to be respected at all times.

Creating education opportunities step by step!