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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.

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

  • Be a New Jersey Resident for at least one (1) year,
  • Be a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident,
  • Be recipient of High School Diploma or GED,
  • Intend to have full-Time enrollment, in the first semester,
  • Have only completed 32 College-level credits or less,
  •  Be eligible for the TAG (as determined by completing the FAFSA), and
  • Meet the income Eligibility Guidelines based on the household income.

EOF Income Eligibility Scale for 2017-2018

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

ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
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.

EOF Income Eligibility Scale for 2018-2019

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

ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
Applicants with
a Household Size of
Gross Income
Not to Exceed
1 $24,120*
2 $32,480
3 $40,840
4 $49,200
5 $57,560
6 $65,920
7 $74,280
8 $82,640
9+ For each additional
member of the household add $8,360

*Based upon State approval.