Eligibility Requirements

Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)

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.

Applicants to the EOF program must be:

  • Seeking full-time admission
  • A resident of New Jersey for at least 12 months prior to entering Stockton
  • Coming from an educationally and economically disadvantaged background.

EOF students receive extensive counseling, tutorial and other support  services to ensure success at Stockton.

EOF freshmen must attend a residential five-week pre-college summer program. This rigorous program helps strengthen academic, social and self-discipline skills needed for success in college. Review the following family income guidelines to determine if you may be eligible and wish to be considered for the EOF program.

Students interested in being considered for EOF must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year (FAFSA code: 009345). NJ Dreamers must complete the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application and must meet all other EOF eligibility criteria.

To apply for the EOF program, submit the Freshman Application AND complete the EOF Questionnaire.

EOF applicants are eligible to apply test optional, following the the same general policy: Test scores are required for certain exempt majors.

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Transfer Students

Transfer applications are processed for both the fall and spring terms. The transfer applicant who has previously received an EOF grant will retain his/her eligibility as long as eligibility requirements are met, the proper application procedure is followed and funding is available.

Prior to an admissions decision, an EOF applicant who is transferring from another college in New Jersey must:

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A. Submit to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Completed application and application fee card (no fee required)
  2. Up-to-date transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended

B. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application by March 1.  NJ Dreamers must complete the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application and must meet all other EOF eligibility criteria.

C. Submit to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Student Aid Report (SAR)
  2. Financial Aid Transcript (FAT) from all institutions attended previously
  3. Up-to-date transcripts from all colleges attended.

Income Eligibility

EOF Income Eligibility Scale

AY 2018-2019

Household Size
Household Size Gross Income
(Not to Exceed)
Asset Cap
(Not to Exceed)
1 $24,120 $4,824.00
2 $32,480 $6,496.00
3 $40,840 $8,168.00
4 $49,200 $9,840.00
5 $57,560 $11,512.00
6 $65,920 $13,184.00
7 $74,280 $14,856.00
8 $82,640 $16,528.00

For each additional member of the household add:

$8,360   $1,672.00

EOF Income Eligibility Scale

AY 2019 -2020

Household Size
Household Size Gross Income
(Not to Exceed)
Asset Cap
(Not to Exceed)
1 $24,280 $4,856.00
2 $32,920 $6,584.00
3 $41,560 $8,312.00
4 $50,200 $10,040.00
5 $58,840 $11,768.00
6 $67,480 $13,496.00
7 $76,120 $15,224.00
8 $84,760 $16,952.00

For each additional member of the household add:

$8,6400   $1,728.00

 Financial : To be eligible for an EOF grant, a student must demonstrate that he or she meets the financial criteria listed above as either a dependent or independent applicant.

Residency: An applicant must demonstrate that he/she has been a legal resident of New Jersey for at least 12 months prior to receiving an EOF grant. In this case, legal New Jersey residency means that he/she does not live in New Jersey only for the purpose of obtaining an education. An applicant whose parents or guardians are not legal residents of New Jersey is presumed to be in the State for the temporary purpose of obtaining an education.

Academic : The applicant must exhibit evidence for potential success in college but cannot have demonstrated sufficient academic preparation to gain admission to Stockton University under its regular admissions criteria. The applicant's educational background must indicate a need to have special educational assistance; however, the applicant whose academic preparation qualifies him/her for non-EOF admission is still encouraged to apply under provisions of the program.