The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will host free workshops entitled “Essentials of College Planning” at the Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Wednesdays, May 5 and 26 at 9 a.m.

MEOC is funded entirely by the U.S. Department of Education. The program helps qualified adults make the transition towards a college education. MEOC, which is housed at the University of Maine, provides assistance to adults living in Maine and helps them go to whichever college or university they choose. MEOC successfully placed over 800 Maine adults in different colleges last year.

Services offered include GED/SAT preparation, college planning, referrals/advocacy, career advising, financial-aid advising, college admissions process and application fee waivers for qualified adults

The starting point for all MEOC participants is “Essentials of College Planning,” a free interactive workshop that outlines the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning and study skills. The workshop lasts approximately two to three hours.

Preregistration is required. All workshops are subject to change. For more information or to register call 800-281-3703 or visit the Web site at