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Educational Opportunity Center

Remote Service Options - All EOC services will be offered remotely until further notice. 

There are various ways students can connect with someone in the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC).

Phone:  240-578-2076 (During normal business hours)
Make sure to leave a voicemail message with your first and last name and phone number. Please spell your name
You will be contacted by an EOC staff member to schedule an appointment.
Email monitored Monday – Friday (during normal business hours)
Indicate assistance required in your email
You will be emailed in reference to scheduling an appointment

To receive one-on-one assistance with any of our services.

  • Must meet program eligibility
  • Complete EOC Intake Formnew window
  • Contacted by an EOC Education Specialist to schedule an appointment

Remote appointment options

  • Zoom
  • FaceTime
  • Telephone call


The Educational Opportunity Center program is sponsored by a TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Post-secondary Education and Montgomery College to serve participants in seven sections of Montgomery County-- Takoma Park, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Kensington, Aspen Hill, Rockville and Gaithersburg.

The purpose of EOC is to provide assistance to individuals that have a desire to enter or re-enter college or a vocational program. Education Specialists provide information, guidance/advising and application assistance with regard to career decision-making, college or vocational admissions and applying for financial aid.

The goal is to help individuals enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, GED programs, technical programs, or two or four-year colleges and universities and to assist in the process of obtaining the necessary financial aid to meet tuition costs.

Visiting Washington DC


*Please feel free to contact our office at 240-567-5644 with questions about your eligibility for our services.

While 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
  • Montgomery County resident
  • Age 19 or older (High school seniors and high school non-completers not being served a US Department of Education funded Educational Talent Search, who are primarily low-income and first generation.)
  • Potential First-generation college student, meaning neither parent has a four-year college degree
  • Low Income Individual (based on federal guidelines)

Free Services

The MC-EOC program provides information, guidance/advising and application assistance for enrollment in post-secondary education. Individualized services include:

  • Career Assessment and Counseling
  • Academic Advising and Guidance
  • Information on Entrance Exams
  • Individualized Learning Outcomes Plan
  • College Admissions Counseling
  • Financial Aid Counseling and Application Assistance
  • GED practice testing
  • Information Regarding Defaulted Student Loans and Assistance in Reinstating Financial Aid Eligibility


Information Available

We provide information on the following educational institutions.

Adult Education Programs
  • GED/H.S. Diploma
  • ESL Programs
Vocational Training Centers
  • Certified Programs
Community Colleges
  • 2 Year Degrees
  • Special Certificate Programs
Public and Private Colleges and Universities
  • 4 Year Degrees
  • Special Certificate Programs
Information Workshops
  • Post-secondary Options
  • College Admissions Process
  • Financial Aid Opportunities
  • Career Exploration
  • Goal Setting
Referral Services
  • GED programs
  • ESL programs
  • Academic Skills Improvement
  • English Proficiency Improvement
  • TRIO Programs (Student Support Services)
  • Community Based Support
MC-EOC Location

The MC-EOC offices are located on the Rockville campus.

MC-EOC Office

900 Hungerford, Suite 200,
Rockville, MD 20850


Satellite Office

Gaithersburg Library
Community Engagement Center
18330 Montgomery Village Avenue 2nd Floor
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

2nd and 4th Wednesday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Schedule an appointment by calling 240-567-9080

Montgomery College - Rockville
Student Services Building - Financial Aid Office
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850

Monday10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Walk-ins)

Montgomery County Government
Pre-Release and Reentry Services (PRC)
11651 Nebel St.
Rockville, MD 20852

1st and 3rd Tuesday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
PRC Residents Only

WorkSource - Montgomery
11510 Georgia Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

1st and 3rd Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Schedule an appointment by calling 240-567-5644

Montgomery College - Takoma Park Campus/Silver Spring
Charlene R. Nunley Student Services Center - Raptor Central
7600 Takoma Park Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

2nd, 4th and 5th Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Walk-ins)
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Appointments)
Schedule an appointment by calling 240-567-5644

East County Regional Services Building
Community Engagement Center
3300 Briggs Chaney Road
Silver Spring, MD 20904

2nd and 4th Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Schedule an appointment by calling 301-567-9080


Educational Opportunity Center - Websites

Description: These sites offer general information about the college search and admission process.

Adventures in Educationnew window
All About College: Linksnew window
ApplyYourselfnew window
Campus Toursnew window
College 411: Linksnew window
College Board.comnew window
College Bound Network
College Connector/CollegeNETnew window
College Is Possiblenew window
CollegeLinknew window
CollegeNETnew window
College Planning Networknew window
College Prep 101new window
College Questnew window
College Search USAnew window
College Visitsnew window
CollegeXpressnew window
Common Applicationnew window
Education Connectnew window
Embark.comnew window
My College Guidenew window
My Footpathnew window
MyRoad.comnew window
Next Step Magazinenew window
NIEP College Previewnew window
Peterson'snew window
Princeton Reviewnew window
Princeton Review Counselor Centernew window
School Guide Publicationsnew window
Time Out Associatesnew window 
U.S. News and World Report Education Pagenew window

Counseling and financial aid sources to assist students from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

American Indian College Fundnew window
Black Collegiannew window
Black Excel: The College Help Networknew window
Department of Education/Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs
Gates Millennium Scholars Fundnew window
Hillel: Jewish Campus Lifenew window
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universitiesnew window
Hispanic Scholarship Fundnew window
Journal of Blacks in Higher Educationnew window
Minority Scholarships and Fellowshipsnew window
Quality Education for Minoritiesnew window
Tribal Colleges, Native Studies Programs, and Indian Educationnew window

National Hispanic Explorers Scholarship Program

 AllFirst/HCF Scholarship Program
 First in My Family Scholarship Program
 Hispanic College Fund
 One Thomas Circle, NW
 Suite 375
 Washington, DC 20005
 202/296-5400, 800/644-4223
Hispanic College Fundnew window