Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly does the BEOC do?

According to the federal guidelines set up by the U.S. Department of Education, an EOC is designed to provide information regarding financial and academic assistance available for individuals who desire to pursue a program of postsecondary education. An EOC also provides assistance to individuals in applying for admission to institutions that offer programs of postsecondary education, including assistance in preparing necessary applications for use by admissions and financial aid officers.

What population does the BEOC serve?

An EOC targets low-income, first generation adults. 2/3’s must meet both criteria, 1/3 can be any adult needing EOC services.

What other programs does the BEOC work with to help participants?

  • Department of Human Services
  • State Health Departments
  • Workforce Offices
  • Drug Court
  • Head-Start Parent Programs
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Department of Corrections
  • Public school systems (high school seniors not served by a Talent Search program)
  • Vocational/Technology Centers
  • Two-year colleges
  • Four-year universities
  • Community Action Agencies
  • Private Counseling Centers

What are the specific services the BEOC provides?

  • Assistance with completing federal financial aid applications. Through the FAFSA on the Web, EOC projects are able to transmit financial aid applications quickly. Additional funding tools and online searches are used to help clients fund their education
  • Academic and career assessments with the use of  career tools
  • Assist clients with admission forms, scholarship information, class schedules, GED information, and general information about schools of interest to the client
  • Some EOC programs provide clients with tours of colleges and vocational schools
  • May provide additional supportive services to help increase the client’s probability of success. Types of additional services include tutoring, test prep, time management, and study skills seminars

How many clients are served annually by the BEOC?

Each EOC program is assigned participant numbers through the U. S. Dept of Ed and vary depending on how many parishes they are serving. Nicholls State University’s EOC serves 1,000+ clients in the Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Terrebonne Parish Area.

Where are the BEOC participants placed?

Participants may be placed (enrolled) in adult basic education or GED classes, vocational/technology schools, online degree programs, two-year colleges, or four-year universities.