TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers

Being the first in your family to attend college can be intimidating. You belong here. Let us help you start and finish a college degree.

Services

Your college dreams are within reach. You can make them a reality, and we're here to support you in the following ways.

  • Information on high school equivalency (GED/HiSet) classes
  • Online Tutoring for GED, HiSet, ACT, SAT or other precollege exams (multilingual)
  • GED/HiSet test vouchers for eligible clients who are low-income or in financial hardship
  • Information on different types of financial aid - i.e. Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), federal student loans, federal work-study, scholarships, and Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG)
  • Information and guidance on financial aid processes - i.e. verification process and setting up a payment plan
  • Reviewing outstanding balances, defaulted loans, and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Creating and resetting FSA IDs
  • Attend our workshop and get help completing the FAFSA
  • Information and guidance on admission processes to ANY postsecondary education institution - i.e. applications, placement testing, orientation, campus tours
  • Information on ANY trade/vocational, 2-year or 4-year schools and opportunities - i.e. profit vs. non-profit schools, cost of tuition, location, scholarship opportunities and length of programs

Information and guidance on the enrollment processes to ANY postsecondary education institution - i.e. academic advising, course/degree planning, obtaining a student ID, and study habits

Information and guidance on a variety of career paths - i.e. assessment, advising, job shadowing/mentorship

Information and guidance on financial literacy - i.e. building/improving credit score, budgeting, saving/checking/investing accounts, emergency funds, and retirement

  • Information on English as a Second Language (ESL) classes
  • Information on literacy (reading and writing) classes
  • Information on basic computer classes
  • Information on transportation services
  • Information on childcare providers
  • Information on health services
  • Information on food pantries

Get Started

Are you ready to take the next step in your college career?

Take the First Step

Intake Process

  1. Schedule an appointment with a TRIO/EOC Academic Counselor listed below.
  2. Complete our TRIO/EOC Intake Form
  3. Complete the Individual Education Plan & Documentation of Services Form with your TRIO/EOC Academic Counselor.
  4. If you not are not considered an "independent," complete the Dependent Income Verification Form.

Eligibility Criteria

You must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen, be at least 19 years old and reside in Tulsa, Creek, or Osage County. You must not have previously obtained a four-year college degree and be interested in pursuing a higher education program.

Preference is given to individuals who are low-income (150 percent below the poverty level) AND potential first-generation college students. First-generation is defined as individuals for whom neither parent has a four-year college degree.

Academic Counselors

Lizette Merchán

918-595-7532
lizette.merchan@dfyiqi.com 
Language Spoken: Spanish
Virtual Office for Walk-in Appointments: Lizette

Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Northeast Campus
  • Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Remote

Virtual Walk-ins available Mondays 1 – 5 p.m.: 

Schedule an Appointment with Lizette

Clint Sago

918-595-4605 
clinton.sago@dfyiqi.com
Virtual Office for Walk-in Appointments: Clint

Hours

  • Monday mornings: 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Southeast Campus
  • Monday afternoons: 1 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. Tulsa Technology Center-Lemley Campus
  • Tuesdays: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Southeast Campus
  • Wednesdays: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Hominy-Osage County or Central Tech-Sapulpa
  • Thursdays: 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Tulsa Technology Center-Lemley Campus
  • Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Remote

Virtual Walk-ins every Wednesday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.: 

Schedule an Appointment with Clint

Brian Allen

Office: 918-595-8602 
Cell: 918-506-1612 
brian.allen2@dfyiqi.com
Virtual Office for Walk-in Appointments: Brian

Hours

  • Monday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Remote
  • Tuesdays: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tulsa Southeast Campus
  • Wednesdays: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. TCC Southeast Campus
  • Thursdays: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tulsa Southeast Campus
  • Fridays: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Dick Conners Correctional Facility

Virtual Walk-ins every Wednesday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: 

Schedule an Appointment with Brian

Contact Us

Hours

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Southeast Campus

10300 East 81st Street
Tulsa, OK 74133
Building 1 Room 1102

Phone: 918-595-8600
Fax: 918-595-8661
Email: trioeoc@dfyiqi.com

Northeast Campus

3727 East Apache Street
Tulsa, OK 74115
Academic Building Room AB222G
918-595-7532

Staff

Rex Burnett, Program Director
918-595-8601
rex.burnett@dfyiqi.com

Melissa Gies, Administrative Assistant
918-595-8600
melissa.gies@dfyiqi.com

Program Objectives

  • Assist 1,000 eligible individuals
  • Assist eligible clients obtain their high school diploma/equivalency certificate
  • Assist eligible clients apply for some type of financial aid
  • Assist eligible clients apply for admissions to ANY postsecondary education institution
  • Assist eligible clients enroll in a postsecondary education