The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program provides financial assistance and support services (e.g. counseling, tutoring, and developmental coursework) to New Jersey students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who attend institutions of higher education in the State of New Jersey.
Eligible EOF Scholars will receive an EOF grant each semester as part of their financial aid package. EOF Scholars who are program compliant can also apply to receive financial assistance for summer session courses as continuing students and other academic opportunities to enhance their experience. Although the EOF program can provide financial help, you and your family are asked to contribute toward the educational expenses as determined by a federally mandated formula, which uses information you provide on the FAFSA to calculate the amount of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). EOF Scholars receive both TAG and EOF grants from the State of New Jersey. In addition, qualified students are eligible to receive grant assistance from the federal government and Rutgers. Financial assistance will vary depending upon your need as determined by the FAFSA and the availability of funds.
If you are admitted to one of Rutgers' undergraduate schools as a first-year EOF Scholar, you must attend and successfully complete a free five- to six-week Summer Institute that is designed to smooth your transition from high school to college and sharpen your English, math, and/or science skills. You'll meet new friends, and your EOF Summer Institute tuition and other educational expenses will be paid for. Attendance and successful completion of the EOF Summer Institute, which begins toward the end of June, is a requirement for fall semester enrollment at Rutgers.
Before the fall semester begins, your EOF advisers will help you plan an academic program to meet your interests and needs. Your undergraduate school will provide you with tutorial services and a special staff of academic, career, and peer counselors. With this support, you'll be able to identify your academic strengths, overcome limitations, and define career fields that interest you. In addition, all of the university's other resources are available to help you succeed at Rutgers.