Admission and Registration
In order to be qualified for Bronx EOC services every prospective student must meet these three preliminary requirements.
You must be a legal resident of New York State for at least one year, except for families and/or individuals in transitional and/or special housing arrangements.
You must meet the income eligibility requirements. Please refer to the Eligibility Guidelines on this website to determine your eligibility.
TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) Scores
You must meet the reading and math requirements for your program of choice.
All of our services are free of charge. However, to register for courses, the applicant must meet the basic eligibility criteria of New York State residency and required income. Additionally, every applicant must meet specific levels in accordance with TABE test scores. If these requirements are met, a selection committee evaluates the course requirements and personal suitability of each prospective student. To complete and graduate from a course as a registered student, he/she must abide by the rules in the Student Handbook provided during the first day of classes.
Registration takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. (doors open at 8:00 a.m.) Bring photocopies of all documents as listed on the applicant reminder sheet. The first 30 participants with the listed documents will be considered for registration.
TABE placement tests are administered to applicants with admissions tickets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Immediately following the exam, you will meet with a counselor to receive your test scores and your eligibility acceptance. Your name will then be placed on a waiting list for upcoming classes. You will then be called or sent a letter to meet with the Selection Committee.
Upon acceptance, you will receive an EOC Letter of Acceptance with a date for you to attend orientation. On the first day of classes you will be given a class schedule and a Student Handbook.
Documents Needed to Register
All applicants must provide the Bronx Educational Opportunity Center with the following documents on the date of registration.
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Proof of United States Legal Status
- U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, citizen certificate or permanent resident card. (If a permanent resident card is not available, a foreign passport will be accepted only if it reflects DHS/INS stamp.)
Proof of Education
- High school diploma, high school equivalency diploma or credited schools transcript. (High school equivalency applicants are excluded.)
- If your high school equivalency diploma is not issued by New York State (NYS), you must provide a transcript from the state that issued it.
- High school discharge letter (high school equivalency diploma applicants who are 18 years of age).
Proof of New York State Residency
NY State ID (driver's license or learner's permit), voter registration card, apartment lease, Motor Vehicle registration, NY income tax, or NY bank account. All applicants must be permanent residents or have resided in NYS for at least one year to the date of the actual test date.
Proof of Income
All that applies:
- If working, please bring a copy of a current federal income tax return (form 1040 or similar) submitted to the IRS.
- If on public assistance, please bring benefits card and an up to date budget letter (not older than 90 days).
- If collecting unemployment benefits, please bring the Department of Labor award letter or unemployment benefits history, which can be viewed and printed online.
- If receiving Social Security or disability benefits, please bring Social Security Administration award letter.
- If you have no income:
- and are living with a parent who is supporting you, proof of that parent’s income is required (1040 tax return, 1040EZ, budget letter, etc.)
- a third party written verification is required from a “person of status” (minister, priest, CBO, community center, social worker) indicating you have no income and receive support from other sources. Must be written on organization letterhead.
- If you work, but have not filed a 1040 tax return with the IRS, then please bring a letter from your employer, on company letterhead, stating the date you were employed and your annual salary.
No pay stubs, W-2s or third party/personal notarized letters will be accepted as proof of income.
Social Security Card
A signed copy. Applicants with “Valid for Work Only with INS Authorization ” will not be allowed to test.
Please bring your Motor Vehicle driver’s license or non-driver ID, school ID or employment ID.