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Boston Area Educational Opportunity Center

Boston Public Library - Copley Square
700 Boylston Street
Lower Level
Boston, MA 02116
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617-536-0200
Available to Adults and Youth

Due to COVID-19, our centers are currently closed, but our Education & Career Planning Center Advisors are still available for support at home. Our advisors are available to answer calls and emails.

About Us

With a fundamental belief in the importance of building equity, diversity and inclusion in postsecondary education for underrepresented students, we provide personalized guidance and encouragement to support Massachusetts high school students, parents, and adults pursuing education beyond high school. Our community walk-in centers support thousands of individuals each year. Supported by federal TRIO grants, we help high school and post-high school students find the right education option beyond high school; successfully apply and enroll; find scholarships and financial aid; and find lifelong learning opportunities to navigate their higher education and career journey as the needs arise.

History

First established as the Higher Education Resource Center at the Boston Public Library in 1986 to meet the college planning needs of the local community, MassEdCO’s community-based programs have helped hundreds of thousands of students in Greater Boston plan for their higher education needs. Today, these programs not only provide one-on-one counsel about higher education planning, but guidance on how that higher education must be linked to finding scholarships and financial aid.

Services

While the services at the Center differ depending on individual needs, our advisor always help students: 

  • Identify career options 
  • Build a balanced college list
  • Build and revise college and scholarship essays
  • Submit applications for college and career training programs
  • Apply for financial aid
  • Search for scholarships
  • Review financial aid packages
  • Select a college that is a good match based on affordability and student fit

Interested in meeting with an advisor? Make an appointment by calling 617-536-0200.

Community Outreach

Our staff provides community outreach workshops and presentations to school districts, community-based organizations, and faith institutions on providing guidance on getting into and paying for college, as well as pursuing career-building opportunities. This service is available free to all nonprofit entities.

To request education and career planning workshops or presentations for your organization, please contact us at  617-536-0200.  

 

Staff

Name Program Telephone
Thalia Jimenez
Education Advisor
Educational Opportunity Center 617-536-0200
Fax: 508-797-0069

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Yanitza Medina Vargas
Education Advisor
Educational Opportunity Center 617-536-0200
Fax: 508-797-0069

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Anup Nepal
Senior Education Advisor and Loan Specialist
Educational Opportunity Center 617-536-0200
Fax: 508-797-0069

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Beverly Pierce
Project Director
Educational Opportunity Center 617-536-0200
Fax: 508-767-0069

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Carmen Pineda
Senior Education Advisor
Educational Opportunity Center 617-536-0200
Fax: 508-797-0069

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