The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federally-funded TRIO program that helps Maui County adults and COLLEGE-READY high school seniors enroll in college or into other post-secondary education on Maui or elsewhere. Services are FREE and available to low-income, first-generation-to-college individuals, and veterans, who are not currently enrolled in college and who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree. Our job is to help you access college and financial aid resources to become successful. Each year we accept more than 1,400 participants who we help to enroll in college and begin their college careers.

EOC is located at the University of Hawai`i Maui College (UHMC) and at the UH Maui College Moloka`i Education Center on Moloka`i.  The Moloka`i office serves residents on Moloka`i and Lana`i. Appointments are available on an individual, group, or outreach basis.

APPLY to EOC today for help getting into college!  It’s as easy as 1-2-3.  1) Find out if you are eligible, 2) find out if you are ready, and 3) then to apply to EOC.  You will be accepted into our program and helped with your admissions needs once your eligibility has been determined. For more information, call 984-3286 on Maui and 984-3804 on Moloka`i.

Educational Opportunity Center is a fully-funded TRIO program of the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $426,991 annually.  SEC.402D Higher Education Act of 1965 SEC. 402D.20 U.S.C. 1070A-14.

1. Find out if you are eligible

You are eligible if you are

  • A U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • You are a Maui County adult or college-ready high school senior
  • You are not currently enrolled in college
  • You do not have a bachelor’s degree, and/or
  • You are a veteran, active duty military, or the spouse or child (under 26) of an active duty military service person.

2. Find out if you are ready

You are ready for college if you

  • Have a high school diploma or GED and a plan for college
  • You can spend at least 10 hours a week studying
  • You are eligible for federal financial aid or have other funds for college
  • You have a strong support system or will seek academic guidance to ensure your success.

3. APPLY to EOC Today

Download and complete the EOC Request for Services form for help either on Maui or Moloka`i/Lana`i.

Be sure to complete all the questions.  If you are under 24 years of age, unmarried, not working on a master’s or professional degree, don’t have children or other dependents that you support, a veteran or active duty military, you will also need to include your parents taxable information and their signature.  Submit application in person at EOC, by mail, by fax, or by email.