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Educational Opportunity Center

Educational Opportunity Center

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is one of MTC’s TRIO Programs federally funded by the US Department of Education. EOC provides counseling and information on college admissions and financial aid to qualified adults who want to begin or continue a college education. Participants can receive assistance in applying to any vocational training program, college or university. The program also provides in depth financial aid information and assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Eligibility

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Resident of Fairfield or Lexington County
  • Individual that is 19 years of age or older
  • Individual not served by the Educational Talent Search program
  • Has a desire to enroll in college or training program 
  • Preference will be given to veterans, potential first generation college students, and individuals with limited income

Services

  • College admissions counseling
  • College transfer assistance
  • Financial aid assistance and counseling 
  • Financial decision making assistance
  • GED referral assistance
  • Homeless and foster youth educational assistance

Download Application

Documents to Bring for EOC Services

  • Picture ID
  • Permanent Resident Card (if eligible non-citizen)
  • Social Security Card
  • Most recently filed tax return (1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ)
  • Parents’ most recently filed tax return (dependent students only)
  • Parental Income Verification Form (dependent student whose parents have no income documentation)
  • Award letter, FAFSA confirmation page, or Student Aid Report (if completing Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note)

Workshops and Events

FAFSA Workshops

TRIO Program counselors will be available to assist you with completing your FAFSA and answer financial aid questions. Computers will be available for your use and no RSVP is required.

Date Location Time
Friday, February 13, 2015 MTC Airport Campus Student Center
Online Services, Room 222
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Monday, February 16, 2015 MTC Batesburg-Leesville Campus
Academic Success Center, Room 104
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday, February 27, 2015 MTC Beltline Campus Student Center
Online Services, Room 227
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday, March  6, 2015 MTC Airport Campus  Academic Center
Academic Success Center, Room 152
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 MTC Beltline  Campus 
Lindau Engineering Tech Bldg (LET) Academic Success Center,  Room  208
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Friday, March 27, 2015 MTC Beltline Campus Student Center
Online Services, Room 227
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Military Appreciation Day
MTC Beltline Campus 
Lindau Engineering Tech Bldg (LET) Academic Success Center, Room 208

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Thursday, April 9, 2015 MTC Airport Campus  Academic Center
Academic Success Center Room 152
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Scholarship Workshops

We share tips for creating a solid game plan for seeking scholarship funds. Please RSVP in advance by email or by phone.
 

EOC Scholarship Directory
Recommendation Request Form
Sample Recommendation Request Letter

 

Outreach Sites

EOC provides services at a variety of agencies in Lexington and Fairfield counties. Site visits are coordinated with each organization for clients or attendees at particular locations. The outreach sites by county are:

Fairfield County

Fairfield County Department of Social Services
Fairfield County School District Adult Education
SC Works Winnsboro Center

Lexington County

Lexington School District One Adult Education Center
Lexington School District Two Pair Education Center
Lexington School District Three (office hours are held at the MTC Batesburg-Leesville Campus)
Lexington School District Four Adult Education Center
Richland/Lexington District Five Adult Education Center
Academy for Success
Lexington County Department of Social Services
SC Works Lexington Center

Forms

Contact Us

Mailing Address

Educational Opportunity Center
Midlands Technical College
P.O. Box 2408
Columbia, SC 29202
(803) 822-3749
eoc@midlandstech.edu

Airport Campus

1260 Lexington Dr.
West Columbia, SC 29170
Lexington Hall, Room 170

Beltline Campus

316 South Beltline Boulevard
Columbia, SC 29205
Student Center Room 227

Helpful Links

As part of our grant services, the EOC provides information on college admissions and financial literacy to students. 

Financial Aid

Federal Student Aid
South Carolina Scholarships and Grants
Student Aid Deadlines

Financial Literacy

Bank of America Better Money Habits
My Money
Default Resolution for the US Department of Education
FDIC Money Smart
Wells Fargo Hands of Banking

College Admissions

Big Future
College Navigator
SC CAN

Career Information

Occupational Outlook Handbook
O*Net Online
ACT Profile Assessment 
The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
Midlands Education Business Alliance

Adult and Continuing Education

South Carolina General Education Development (GED)

@midlandstech