The Educational Opportunity Centers program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. The program also provides services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants. An important objective of the program is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, and to assist in the application process. The goal of the EOC program is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions.

Eligible to Apply if:

  • A U.S. Citizen (or permanent resident or other stated resident)
  • adults 19 years of age and older (or if under 19 and not able to be served by a Talent Search project)
  • Expresses a desire to enroll, or is enrolled in a program of post-secondary education
  • Be of low-income background
  • Potential first-generation student

    *Veterans are encouraged to apply

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    Services Included:

    • • Financial aid application and scholarship assistance
    • • College Planning, admissions and application assistance
    • • Academic, Career, and Personal Counseling
    • • Transfer Assistance
    • • GED referral assistance
    • • Adult Ed ESL Assessment
    • • College Visits
    • • Enrichment workshops

    *All services provided by GSU Educational Opportunity Center are free to the participant.

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    Location & Hours

    8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Room B1215
    1 University Parkway
    University Park, IL 60484


    Phone: 708-235-3352


    Vanessa Lopez
    Project Director
    Phone: 708-235-3352

    Amanda Stosiek
    Community Outreach Specialist
    Phone: 708-235-7337



    <b>FAFSA Application</b>

    FAFSA Application

    Apply for financial aid assistance. One on one appointments are available. Contact an EOC staff member to request an appointment.

    <b>Find Scholarships</b>

    Find Scholarships

    Find free money to help pay for school via Scholarship Universe or Fastweb. One on one appointments are available. Contact an EOC staff member to request an appointment.



    EOC offers tailored admissions counseling and advising for Veterans. For more information, please check out the following resources:

  • Tuition Assistance
  • Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE
  • Apply for federal VA education benefits
  • Benefit comparison tool
  • Veteran State Benefits (IVG, ING, MIA/POW)
  • <b> 24/7 Virtual Tutoring</b> 24/7 Virtual Tutoring

    Connect with a live highly qualified tutor in less than a minute. Upload homework assignments and worksheets. Utilize the writing center and get quick feedback. For access to tutoring please contact a TRIO staff member.