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Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)

The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program provides access to higher education for educationally and financially disadvantaged students, as defined by the State of New Jersey, Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, Educational Opportunity Fund. Students are admitted via an alternate admission category and are eligible to receive a state-funded Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Grant.

The EOF Program provides:

  • student-centered advising
  • counseling
  • academic support services
  • additional assistance to students in developing their educational, interpersonal, and professional goals

The main objective of the program is to assure that all students obtain their baccalaureate degree and pursue professional fields of work or graduate studies. The support services offered by the EOF Program augment those offered to all students by the University. The University Office of EOF staff works collaboratively with various departments to support students’ academic and social success in college.

All  EOF students are required to attend workshops that provide academic reinforcement, self-development, and career development activities to ensure continued sequential development of skills and strategies critical to academic success. Workshops serve to address the needs of all students by providing access and awareness through group meetings, lectures, and career/cultural trips that motivate students to align their studies and career goals toward graduating in four years. Each semester, counselors host workshops to discuss concerns common to all students. These meetings allow for interaction among peers and the development of social processes. View the criteria, focus, and scope of Rutgers University EOF Eligibility Guidelines.