Eligibility Requirements

EOF group shot

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 academic support program for students meeting certain financial and academic requirements.

 

Undergraduate Eligibility 

  1. Must demonstrate an educationally and economically disadvantaged background

  2. Be a New Jersey resident 12 consecutive months prior to receiving the award

  3. Apply and be accepted to a participating New Jersey college or university, such as Stockton University

  4. Meet the academic criteria as set by the institution of choice

  5. Be seeking full-time admission

  6. 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.

  7. Have the ability to attend a five-week, residential summer program that focuses on academic preparedness, interpersonal skills, and leadership development.

  8. Gross income and assets must fall within the criteria shown below:

 

2023-2024 EOF Income Eligibility Scale with Asset Cap Calculation

Household

Size

Gross Income

(Not to Exceed)

Maximum Asset Cap

(Not to Exceed)

1
$27,180
$5,436
2
$36,620
$7,324
3
$46,060
$9,212
4
$55,500
$11,100
5
$64,940
$12,998
6
$74,380
$14,876
7
$83,820
$16,764
8
$93,260
$18,652
8+
Add $9,440 for each
additional family member
Add $1,888 for each
additional family member

Source: https://www.nj.gov/highereducation/EOF/EOF_Eligibility.shtml

How to Apply

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).

  1. Student must complete the appropriate financial aid application using 2021 Tax Year Income:

  2. Student New first-time students interested in EOF should complete an EOF Application.

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

  4. The documents listed below are required to verify your eligibility (you may submit them in person or via e-mail at EOFfinaid@stockton.edu). Additional documents may be required to verify financial eligibility. A list of commonly requested documents is listed below. 

Dependent Students

  • A copy of your parent(s)/guardian(s) 2010 & 2021 Tax Return Transcripts. If your parents/guardians did not file tax returns, a verification of non-filing letter will suffice. Directions on how to obtain these documents can be found below.
  • A copy of your 2020 & 2021 Tax Return Transcripts.  If you did not file tax returns, a verification of non-filing will suffice. Directions on how to obtain these can be found below.

Independent Students

  • A copy of your 2020 & 2021 Tax Return Transcripts.  If you did not file tax returns, a verification of non-filing will suffice. Directions on how to obtain these documents can be found below.

The deadline for Fall 2022 transfer EOF admission applications has passed. Applications received will be considered for Spring 2023

Admission into the EOF program is contingent upon eligibility and availability of funds. We accept applications for the fall and spring terms. Stockton University has two EOF programs. Both programs offer the same foundational services and support. The Atlantic City program has a focus on leadership development via service-learning, civic engagement, and career readiness. EOF-AC transfer scholars are required to complete 10 hours of service-learning per semester. 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. 

If you are already enrolled in the EOF program at another school and decide to transfer to Stockton, you should:

  1. Complete the Stockton EOF Transfer application.

  2. Ask your EOF advisor from your previous institution to send an EOF Transfer Form to the Stockton EOF program you are interested in via e-mail or fax (our contact information is listed below)

  3. You may be asked to schedule an EOF transfer admission interview. This is a chance for our staff to get to know you better.

  4. The documents listed below are required to verify your eligibility (you may submit them in person or via e-mail). Additional documents may be required to verify financial eligibility. A list of commonly requested documents is listed below. 

Dependent Students

  • A copy of your parent(s)/guardian(s) 2020 & 2021 Tax Return Transcripts. If your parents/guardians did not file tax returns, a verification of non-filing letter will suffice. Directions on how to obtain these documents can be found below.
  • A copy of your 2020 & 2021 Tax Return Transcripts.  If you did not file tax returns, a verification of non-filing will suffice. Directions on how to obtain these can be found below.

Independent Students

  • A copy of your 2020 & 2021 Tax Return Transcripts.  If you did not file tax returns, a verification of non-filing will suffice. Directions on how to obtain these documents can be found below.

The deadline for Fall 2022 transfer EOF admission applications has passed. Applications received will be considered for Spring 2023

We accept applications for the fall and spring terms. Stockton University has two EOF programs. Both programs offer the same foundational services and support. The Atlantic City program has a focus on leadership development via service-learning, civic engagement, and career readiness. EOF-AC transfer scholars are required to complete 10 hours of service-learning per semester. 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. 

Transfer students that have not previously received EOF services, but are interested in EOF, should:

  1. Complete the Stockton EOF Transfer application.

  2. You will be asked to schedule a transfer admission interview. This is a chance for our staff to get to know you better.

  3. The documents listed below are required to verify your eligibility (you may submit them in person or via e-mail). Additional documents may be required to verify financial eligibility. A list of commonly requested documents is listed below. 

Per EOF regulation, students cannot be awarded EOF for the first time during a student’s last two semesters of baccalaureate study.

Dependent Students

  • A copy of your parent(s)/guardian(s) 2020 & 2021 Tax Return Transcripts. If your parents/guardians did not file tax returns, a verification of non-filing letter will suffice. Directions on how to obtain these documents can be found below.
  • A copy of your 2020 & 2021 Tax Return Transcripts.  If you did not file tax returns, a verification of non-filing will suffice. Directions on how to obtain these can be found below.

Independent Students

  • A copy of your 2020 & 2021 Tax Return Transcripts.  If you did not file tax returns, a verification of non-filing will suffice. Directions on how to obtain these documents can be found below.

The deadline for Fall 2022 transfer EOF admission applications has passed. Applications received will be considered for Spring 2023

We accept applications for the fall and spring terms. Stockton University has two EOF programs. Both programs offer the same foundational services and support. The Atlantic City program has a focus on leadership development via service-learning, civic engagement, and career readiness. EOF-AC transfer scholars are required to complete 10 hours of service-learning per semester. 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. 

Current Stockton University students that have not previously received EOF services, but are interested in EOF, should:

  1. Complete the Stockton EOF Transfer application.

  2. You will be asked to schedule a transfer admission interview. This is a chance for our staff to get to know you better.

  3. The documents listed below are required to verify your eligibility (you may submit them in person or via e-mail). Additional documents may be required to verify financial eligibility. A list of commonly requested documents is listed below. 

Note:

  • Current Stockton University students interested in EOF must have at a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

  • Per EOF regulation, students cannot be awarded EOF for the first time during a student’s last two semesters of baccalaureate study.

Dependent Students

  • A copy of your parent(s)/guardian(s) 2020 & 2021 Tax Return Transcripts. If your parents/guardians did not file tax returns, a verification of non-filing letter will suffice. Directions on how to obtain these documents can be found below.
  • A copy of your 2020 & 2021 Tax Return Transcripts.  If you did not file tax returns, a verification of non-filing will suffice. Directions on how to obtain these can be found below.

Independent Students

  • A copy of your 2020 & 2021 Tax Return Transcripts.  If you did not file tax returns, a verification of non-filing will suffice. Directions on how to obtain these documents can be found below.

 

EOF-Galloway

Phone: 609-652-4647
Fax: 609-626-3494

eofgalloway@stockton.edu

EOF-Atlantic City

Phone: 609-761-1240
Fax: 609-761-1212

eofac@stockton.edu

Common Forms Requested & How to Obtain Them

Please reference 2020 and 2021 for the documents listed below:

  • Parent and/or Student  Tax Return Transcript from the IRS - Order from IRS.GOV

  • Parent and/or Student W-2 Forms - Order from IRS.GOV

  • Parent and/or Student  Verification of Non-filing letter from the IRS - Order from IRS.GOV

  • Parent and/or Student 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

     - 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 - Order from your local County Social Services Office

  • Yearly Statement of Supplemental Social Security Benefits (SSI) received by all members of your family- Order from your local County Social Services Office

 

How to Order a Tax Return Transcript

How to View Your Financial Aid Requirements