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.

EOF Grant Eligibility Criteria

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:

(Fall 2022 – Spring 2023)

Applicants with
a Household Size of
Gross Income
(Not to Exceed)
Maximum Asset Cap for ALL Students
(Not to Exceed)
1 $25.760 $5,152
2 $34,840 $6,968
3 $43,920 $8,784
4 $53,000 $10,600
5 $62,080 $12,416
6 $71,160 $14,232
7 $80,240 $16,048
8 $89,320 $17,864
9+ For each additional
member of the household add $9,080.
For each additional
member of the household add $1,816.