Initial EOF Eligibility is determined on the basis of both economic and educational criteria.

Because a student or a student’s family currently falls within the income criteria does not make the student automatically eligible for EOF.

Although students may qualify for the program, admission criteria give priority to first-time, full-time freshmen and to EOF transfer students in good standing from another EOF Program.

To be eligible for an Educational Opportunity Fund grant, a student must:

  • Be a New Jersey Resident for at least one (1) year,
  • Be recipient of High School Diploma or GED,
  • Intend to have full-Time enrollment, in the first semester,
  • Meet the income Eligibility Guidelines based on the household income.

EOF Income Eligibility Scale

Dependent and independent students are financially eligible for an EOF grant based on the following scale:


Applicants with
a Household Size of
Gross Income
(Not to Exceed)
Maximum Asset Cap for All Students
(Not to Exceed)
1 $24,980 $4,996
2 $33,820 $6,764
3 $42,660 $8,532
4 $51,500 $10,300
5 $60,340 $112,068
6 $69,180 $13,836
7 $78,020 $15,604
8 $86,860 $17,372
9+ For each additional
member of the household add $8,840
For each additional
member of the household add $1,768