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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.

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 2015-2016

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 - $23,340*
  • 2 - $31,460
  • 3 - $39,580
  • 4 - $47,700
  • 5 - $55,820
  • 6 - $63,940
  • 7 - $72,060
  • 8 - $80,180
  • 9+ - For each additional family member add $8,120.

*Based upon State approval.