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:


Applicants with
a Household Size of
Gross Income
(Not to Exceed)
Maximum Asset Cap for All Students
(Not to Exceed)
1 $25.520 $5,104
2 $34,480 $6,896
3 $43,440 $8,688
4 $52,400 $10,480
5 $61,360 $12,272
6 $70,320 $14,064
7 $79,280 $15,856
8 $88,240 $17,648
9+ For each additional
member of the household add $8,960.
For each additional
member of the household add $1,792.