TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers


About Us

The Higher Education Consortium TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) are federally funded to provide FREE advising and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of post-secondary 

education. The EOC also provides services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants to include advising participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, and assisting with applying for financial aid.  The goal of the EOC program is to increase college and financial aid access for adults who desire to enroll in a program of post-secondary education. 


EOC Mission

The purpose of the Higher Education Consortium TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) Program is to provide information regarding financial and academic assistance available to individuals who desire to pursue a program of post-secondary education; provide assistance to individuals in applying for admission to institutions that offer programs of post-secondary education, including assistance in preparing necessary applications for use by admissions and financial aid officers; and provide information regarding financial and economic literacy to participants.

You Are Education Material

Someone may have told you that "college isn't for everyone" implying that it wasn't for you or that you weren't college material. Well guess what - they might be right. Traditional "college" may not be right for everyone, but everyone has a right to higher education. Higher education is simply education beyond high school. Another way to say it is education after secondary education or post-secondary education. You ARE higher education material. What are your career goals? You can choose your own post-secondary education path to reach your personal career goals.


Contact Us

Ms. Marlana A. Hairston, M.P.A.

Program Director

TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers

4236 Lindell Blvd. Suite 400

St. Louis, MO 63108

Phone: 314.535.6013

Mobile: 314.954.5810

Fax: 314.535.8830


Office Hours: 8:30a - 5:00p

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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)

Program Outcomes

Secondary School Diplomas Earned
Financial Aid
Applications Completed
Education Admissions Applications Completed
Postsecondary Enrollments
Participants Served
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