What is EOF?
EOF stands for the Educational Opportunity Fund. It is a state-funded program offering academic, financial and counseling support services to students who meet the selective criteria set forth by New Jersey Higher Education. EOF supports a wide array of campus based outreach and support services at 28 public colleges and universities. GCC is one of 19 participating New Jersey community colleges.
What kind of support does the EOF program provide?
The EOF offers an array of student and academic services. Services include academic advisement, academic planning, major selection, career development, and personal development and leadership workshops.
How and when can I enroll?
A student interested in the EOF program must have completed an admissions application and accepted by GCC. The student must contact the EOF office to fill out an EOF application. If the student meets the prequalifications, an interview will be scheduled. The interview will be conducted by the EOF Recruiter, who will assess if the student is a candidate for the program. The Financial Aid Office will determine whether or not the student is financially eligible to participate in the program.
*** Since there is limited space available for this program, interested students are advised to complete an EOF application as soon as possible.***
Where are you located?
The EOF office is located in the Instructional Center, room 449.
Does EOF pay my entire cost to college?
No. The EOF grant is a state grant which supplements your total financial aid package.
Does this money have to be paid back? Does the student have to apply every year for the program?
Not at all. The EOF grant is given to students by the State. Also once a student has been accepted into the program the student will be receiving the EOF grant each semester until the degree is achieved but not to exceed 6 semesters of EOF payment.
Why do I have to have an interview?
EOF is not an entitlement program and there are requirements that must be met if you are to be accepted. The interview helps us determine whether you meet the state income requirements and also assists us in determining your motivation and potential to succeed in college. We can only do that through a face-to-face meeting.
How exactly does EOF help students?
The EOF program will provide students with one-on-one support services needed to become successful in college by providing mentoring, workshops, and academic counseling and guidance. In addition, the program will provide funds to be used towards the cost of tuition.
Can I receive an EOF grant and Financial Aid?
Yes. The EOF grant is a form of financial aid. Your eligibility for this grant and other aid is preliminary determined based upon the income information you provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Many students who receive EOF grant also receive the Federal Pell Grant and State Tuition Aid Grant (TAG).
Is this a program for single parents and minority students?
This is a program for students with a history of low income and no previous college experience. You do not have to be a parent or a member of a minority group. We make awards strictly based upon state economic and poverty guidelines, and the potential to succeed.
What are the requirements to maintain my EOF eligibility?
You must meet with your assigned counselor at least twice a month, go to workshops or seminars offered each semester, and maintain a 2.0 cumulative Grade Point Average.You must maintain full-time status, comply with academic mandates and attend tutoring sessions, if so advised.
Am I eligible for an EOF grant if I am a part-time student?
No. Eligible students must maintain full-time status (minimum of 12 credits) in order to be awarded an EOF grant.
What is the criteria to be admitted as a transfer student or EOF readmit?
EOF transfer students must submit a complete EOF Transfer application form, obtain and submit a completed EOF sector transfer form, and be admitted into GCC prior to acceptance into the EOF program.
When does the summer program start? How long does it last?
The EOF program begins about the last week of June and continues for 5 weeks. Classes are held Monday thru Thursday. The students will work intensively for this period of time in Reading, Math, and Writing. Students will be earning three (3) credits for the above courses. Students will also attend orientation, tutoring, and register for the fall semester during this time.
How will the EOF summer program help me?
The summer program provides a head start on getting to know the campus, administration, and faculty members. During the summer program students bond with other EOF and non EOF colleagues, thus, making the transition smoother upon the arrival of the fall semester.
If I do not receive State Aid (TAG-Tuition Aid Grant), can I receive EOF funding?
Unfortunately, not. Students must be eligible for state aid.