TRIO EOC Program

  • The TRiO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education at Palm Beach State College designed to afford the opportunity of a college education to students from families without a legacy of higher education.

    What is TRiO?

    • Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance
    • In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life
    • These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs)
    • While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRiO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education

    How to Participate

    • In order to participate you must fill out an application


    • 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

    Services Provided

    • The EOCs assist one-on-one with services related to applications, financial aid (FAFSA) and career decisions
    • Present workshops to groups throughout the community about accessing education beyond the high school level and taking the next step to reach your goals
    • Assistance with applying for financial aid (FAFSA form assistance)
    • Assistance with Admissions
    • Financial Literacy