The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program gives New Jersey students who have the motivation and potential to succeed in college but who are educationally and financially disadvantaged an opportunity to attend college. EOF is a special admissions program for students meeting certain financial and academic requirements.
Be a New Jersey resident 12 consecutive months prior to receiving the award
Apply and be accepted to a participating New Jersey college or university, such as Stockton University
Meet the academic criteria as set by the institution of choice
Be seeking full-time admission
File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application. StocktonUniversity’s FAFSA code is 009345. Additional documents may be requested as part of the verification process.
Demonstrate an educationally and economically disadvantaged background
Gross income and assets must fall within the criteria shown below
Have the ability to attend a five-week, residential summer program that focuses on academic preparedness, interpersonal skills, and leadership development.
EOF Income Eligibility Scale
Required Documentation for First-Time College Students
In order for students to qualify for New Jersey State aid, upon request, applicants must provide proof of verifiable income, such as U.S. Tax return transcripts, IRS wage statements, or proof of income through a federal or state agency (i.e. TANF or SSI).
- Student must complete the appropriate financial aid application using 2019 Tax Year
- U.S. Citizens or Eligible Noncitizens: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA code: 009345)
- Undocumented NJ DREAMERS: The New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application
- New first-time students interested in EOF should complete an EOF Application.
- EOF applicants are eligible to apply test optional, following the the same general policy: Test scores are required for certain exempt majors.
Common Forms Requested & How To Obtain Them
Parent and/or Student 2019 & 2020 Tax Return Transcript from the IRS - Order from IRS.GOV
Parent and/or Student 2019 & 2020 W-2 Forms - Order from IRS.GOV
Parent and/or Student 2019 & 2020 Verification of Non-filing letter from the IRS - Order from IRS.GOV
Parent and/or Student 2019 & 2020 Wage and Income Statement from the IRS -Order from IRS.GOV
Yearly Statement of Social Security Benefits (SA-1099) received by all members of your family in
2019 & 2020 - Order from the Social Security Administration
Proof of Citizenship for U.S. Citizens - U.S. Passport or Green Card
Yearly Statement of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Benefits received by all members of your family in 2019 & 2020 - Order from your local County Social Services Office
Yearly Statement of Supplemental Social Security Benefits (SSI) received by all members of your family in 2019 & 2020- Order from your local County Social Services Office
How to Order a Tax Return Transcript
Accepted Scholars: How to View Your Financial Aid Requirements
Information for Transfer Students
Note: The deadline for Fall 2021 transfer EOF admission applications is 5:00 PM on
Friday, September 10th. Applications received after will be considered for Spring
If you received EOF services at another NJ college/university:
If you are already enrolled in the EOF program at another school and decide to transfer to Stockton, you should complete the Stockton EOF Transfer application. We accept applications for the fall and spring terms.
Transfer students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application. Stockton University’s FAFSA code is 009345. Upon acceptance into Stockton, the student should notify their current EOF advisor so that an EOF transfer form can be submitted to the EOF department at Stockton University via fax or e-mail.
If you have not received EOF services at another NJ college/university:
Admission into the EOF program is contingent upon eligibility and availability of funds. Transfer students that have not previously received EOF services, but are interested in EOF, should submit a Stockton EOF Transfer application.