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What is EOC?

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