Educational Opportunity Center

Established in 1972 by the U.S. Department of Education, Mercer's Educational Opportunity Center has been in existence since 1988 and serves more than 2,000 students in Georgia. EOC provides post-secondary education and training information and application assistance to low-income first generation adults who reside in Georgia.

The purpose of EOC is to provide individuals who are 16+ years of age and older who have dropped out of school with information and services to return to a secondary or post-secondary education at any school.


There are many advantages for participants in the EOC program.  Participants can take advantage of the following services:

  • Assistance in completing college admission applications
  • Assistance in completing financial aid applications (FAFSA)
  • Information on the General Education Development Program (GED)
  • Academic Counseling


  • U.S. citizen, national or meets the residency requirements for Federal student financial assistance
  • Georgia resident
  • Age 19 or older (high school seniors and high school non-completers not being served by a U.S. Department of Education funded Educational Talent Search, who are primarily low-income and first generation.)
  • Potential first-generation college student, meaning neither parent has a four-year college degree
  • Low-income individual (based on federal guidelines)
  • U.S. military veteran or currently serving on active duty

To apply, please complete the following form provided below and return to the EOC office.  

Apply Now!

Request more information about college admissions, financial aid, career and academic enrichment services.