TRIO Programs

Educational Opportunity Center

The mission of the Educational Opportunity Center at Henderson State University is to increase awareness of postsecondary educational opportunities available for south Arkansas’ low-income, first-generation, and/or educationally disadvantaged adult population who desire to pursue a postsecondary education. The Educational Opportunity Center assists 1,000 of these eligible adults residing in our 22 county target area in preparing for entry/reentry into postsecondary educational programs. We provide information and assistance in admission and financial aid procedures.

Adults 19 and over who are currently enrolled in a two-year program or those who have dropped out of high school or a two-year or four-year college are eligible for our services and are encouraged to call 1-866-856-8104 for an appointment. Our education specialists are waiting to assist you with all your educational and career needs. Priority is given to low income, first-generation students. Eligibility into EOC is based on grant funded guidelines by the U.S. Department of Education.


Education Information

  • Serve as a clearinghouse for information on colleges/vocational schools
  • Provide computer-generated data for more than 3,000 colleges and universities
  • Reference library of academic, career planning, and financial aid information
  • Directories for community colleges, trade schools, and four-year institutions
  • Provide transportation to area campuses for tours


  • College/vocational admissions application assistance
  • Assistance in obtaining admissions documents
  • Financial aid application assistance
  • Information on federal and state financial aid programs
  • Veterans’ education benefits

Career Counseling

  • Provide career planning and setting goals
  • Help with educational counseling
  • Administer career assessments


  • Serve as resource to participants for referrals to other community agencies for services the EOC is unable to provide


Please complete and submit this application form, via mail or email at


Educational Opportunity Center
1020 Hickory Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001