CWU TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers

Welcome to the CWU Educational Opportunity Centers!


The CWU Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) are funded by a TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education to serve participants in North Central and South Central Washington.

The purpose of EOC is to assist individuals enroll in, or re-enter college or a vocational program. We provide participants with information and advising on career decision-making, college admissions, applying for financial aid, or connecting them to community resources.


Participants are evaluated for eligibility on an individual basis. General requirements include the following:

  • U.S. Citizen, national or meets the residency requirements for Federal student financial assistance.
  • Age 18 or older (High school seniors and high school non-completers not being served by a US Department of Education funded Educational Talent Search program)
  • Potential First-generation college student, meaning neither parent has completed a four-year college degree.
  • Low Income Individual (based on federal guidelines). 


Post-secondary Admissions Assistance

  • Information about post-secondary institutions in & out of Washington State
  • Assistance with completion of college or vocational/technical admissions forms
  • Assistance with transferring to an upper-level college or university
  • Discussion about choosing a program of study and course selection

Several students sitting around circular tables in a class room.

Financial Aid

  • Explanation of the financial aid process
  • Assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and any other financial aid forms.
  • Information on how to apply for Work-Study
  • Information on searching and applying for local, state, and private scholarships and grants
  • Information on student loans and assistance with the student loan process

Referrals to Community Organizations

  • Assistance with enrolling in Adult Basic Education courses and/or GED program
  • Post-secondary education partner
  • Other social services

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