How Do I Qualify for EOF?

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.

Factors that determine eligibility include:

  • Legal NJ resident for at least one (1) year
  • United States Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Full-time enrollment (at least 12 credits per semester), or Part-time enrollment (6 -11 credits per semester) Initial applicants must be full time.
  • Income eligibility (Proof of family income including tax returns and letters from social service agencies must be submitted with application. See income Eligibility Guidelines below.)
  • Willingness to attend and participate in required activities.

EOF Income Eligibility Scale for 2017-2018

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
1 $23,540*
2 $31,860
3 $40,180
4 $48,500
5 $56,820
6 $65,140
7 $73,460
8 $81,780
9+ For each additional
member of the household add $8,320

*Based upon State approval.