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Education Opportunity Centers (EOC) Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Schools to Offer Assistance
and Resources to Individuals Pursuing Higher Education Opportunities

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U.S. Department of Education - Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, IHEs, and secondary schools to offer assistance and resources to individuals pursuing higher education opportunities. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to submitting an application.

The purposes of the EOC Program are to: Provide information regarding financial and academic assistance available for qualified individuals who want to enter or continue to pursue a program of postsecondary education; provide assistance to those individuals in applying for admission to institutions that offer programs of postsecondary education, including assistance in preparing necessary applications for use by admissions and financial aid officers; and improve the financial and economic literacy of program participants.

This notice contains three competitive preference priorities:

Competitive Preference Priority 1: Ensuring that Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Have Access to High-Quality Educational Options (up to 2 points). Projects that are designed to address the academic needs of military- or veteran-connected students.

Competitive Priority 2: Fostering Flexible and Affordable Paths to Obtaining Knowledge and Skills (up to 2 points). Projects that are designed to create or expand opportunities for individuals to obtain recognized postsecondary credentials through the demonstration of prior knowledge and skills, such as competency-based learning. Such credentials may include an industry-recognized certificate or certification, a certificate of completion of an apprenticeship, a license recognized by the State involved or Federal Government, or an associate or baccalaureate degree.

Competitive Priority 3: Applications that Demonstrate a Rationale (up to 2 points). Under this priority, an applicant proposes a project that demonstrates a rationale (as defined in 34 CFR 77.1).

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GrantWatch ID#: 169558

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: 140

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Estimated Range of Awards: $232,050-$1,280,000.
- Estimated Average Size of Awards: $273,793.

For an applicant that is not currently receiving an EOC Program grant, the maximum award amount is $232,050.

For an applicant that is currently receiving an EOC Program grant:
- The applicant may request a maximum award amount that is an amount equal to 100 percent of the applicant's base award amount for FY 2020 to serve a minimum number of participants equal to the applicant's approved FY 2020 participant number; or
- If the applicant proposes to reduce the number of participants to be served below the amount served in FY 2020, the proposed number of participants must be at least 850 and the per-participant cost must not exceed the applicant's cost per participant for FY 2020 or $273, whichever is greater.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: Up to 60 months.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: IHEs; public and private agencies and organizations, including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth; secondary schools; and combinations of such institutions, agencies, and organizations.

Pre-proposal Conference:

FY 2021 Pre-Application Technical Assistance Webinars for the Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) Program:
- Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Washington DC’s time
- Thursday, January 21, 2021, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Washington DC’s time
- Friday, January 22, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Washington DC’s time
- Monday, January 25, 2021, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Washington DC’s time
- Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Washington DC’s time

To register for the workshops, please go to:

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 1, 2021. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must be date- and time-stamped by the system no later than 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on the application deadline date.

To do business with the Department, and to submit your application electronically using, you must—
a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award Management (, the Government's primary registrant database;
c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and
d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information while your application is under review by the Department and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period.

if you think you might want to apply for Federal financial assistance under a program administered by the Department, please allow sufficient time to obtain and register your DUNS number and TIN. Registering early is recommended.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For further information, contact:
Rachael Wiley Ed.D
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, room 271-24
Washington, DC 20202-4260
Telephone: (202) 453-6078

Julius C Cotton, ED FIND Systems Admin.
Phone 202-245-6288

Applicants needing assistance with may contact the Support Center either by calling 1-800-518-4726 or by sending an email to

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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