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The Educational Opportunity Fund Act became law in 1968. The purpose of the EOF program is to provide an opportunity for NJ students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in the state’s higher education program. In more than 50 years of existence, the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund has been the single most important vehicle for low-income and minority access to higher education.



The School of Nursing EOF (SN-EOF) program was established in 1977 by Dr. Bobbie Jean Perdue. It is the only EOF program in the state that is tailored to the needs of EOF nursing students. In accordance with state guidelines, the SN-EOF program provides financial, academic, and counseling support services to qualified students who demonstrate potential and are in need of support. The SN- EOF department is located on the Newark campus of Rutgers University.


Who We Serve

  • First time, first year students, applying directly from high school and who meet all eligibility requirements
  • Current EOF students, transferring from another program/academic unit within Rutgers.  
    • Non-Rutgers students cannot transfer directly into the Nursing program. You must first enroll in an academic unit at Rutgers University and complete the School of Nursing requirements before considering the School-to-School transfer route.
    • Please visit the SON Admissions website for additional information regarding the School to School Transfer process.
  • Current or eligible EOF students attending our Blackwood campus
    • If you are applying to our program at the Blackwood campus, please make sure you indicate that you would like to be considered for EOF on your admissions application, otherwise we may not receive your information.
    • You can contact Mr. Michael Varano, Associate Director for Student Engagement at our Blackwood campus for more information on the admissions process. Mr. Varano can reached out 


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How to Apply


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