EOC provides pre-college admissions advising to Maui County adults and college ready high school seniors who want to go to school on Maui or elsewhere. Our first step is to determine a career goal and an education direction. Once that’s determined, we will help you with college admissions applications, financial aid applications, and registration into classes.
1. Career Goals
An educated workforce is good for you and good for the country. The more skills you have, the higher your earning potential. Every year the federal government provides more than $150 billion in aid to more than 14 million students. Why is a career important? The primary reason is to find a job that will pay enough for you and your family to have a comfortable life to more fully participate in the American economy. In today’s market, you may be faced with career transitions at multiple times throughout your lifetime. The more literate and flexible you are, the more valuable you will be to potential employers.
Once you’ve decided upon a course of study or “major“, and narrowed down your college choices, you can begin the admissions process. This includes the college application, review of your major requirements, review of tuition costs, placement tests, health clearance requirements, meeting with an academic counselor, and registration into classes.
3. Financial Aid and Scholarships
College and any post-secondary education costs money. EOC helps eligible participants understand and navigate the financial aid process in order to fund their education.
The money can come in the form of:
- Federal financial aid: grants (free monies that do not need to be repaid that are based on financial need), low-interest student loans, and college work study
- Competitive scholarships offered by the college or private entities either merit- or need-based criteria