Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)

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For New Jersey residents who meet the academic and economic requirements to qualify, our Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program provides an opportunity to attend Caldwell University by offering academic, financial and support services to assist those students meet their educational goals.

If you are interested in this program, apply to Caldwell University and indicate your interest on our application.

WHY EOF?

The EOF staff at Caldwell University believes that students like you, who have the desire and the motivation to achieve your academic goals, are a perfect match for our program. It is our commitment, as supportive and caring professionals, to work with you in attaining your educational goals. Since the programs establishment, hundreds of students have experienced the benefits of the EOF program at Caldwell University. The EOF program has proudly graduated students year after year; students who go onto graduate school or reach their goals of becoming successful in the career of their choice. So give yourself a chance! With the help of the EOF program you can begin your Caldwell University experience today!

THE EOF PROGRAM

The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program, in partnership with Caldwell University, provides financial and educational assistance to eligible students who come from lower-income families. EOF students at Caldwell University receive supportive services such as academic and career advisement, tutoring, and academic skills workshops. The EOF program s guided by a caring and professional staff that stands ready to assist in making the path to a college degree a qualitative educational experience.

HOW DO I QUALIFY?

To qualify for the EOF program you must:

  • Be a New Jersey resident for at least one year.
  • You must be a US citizen or legal resident.
  • Have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate.
  • Have taken the SAT or ACT (with essay) and meet EOF Academic requirements.
  • Meet income eligibility guidelines as set by the NJ Commission on Higher Education.
  • Possess the potential and genuine interest in completing a bachelor’s degree program.

Undergraduate Eligibility:

  • Must demonstrate an educationally and economically disadvantaged background
  • Must be a New Jersey resident 12 consecutive months prior to receiving the award
  • Must apply and be accepted to a participating New Jersey college or university
  • Must meet the academic criteria as set by the institution of choice
  • Must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Gross Income must fall within the criteria shown

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

The EOF Pre-Freshman Summer Program at Caldwell University is offered to high school graduates in the summer after your graduation. This required five week summer enrichment program is designed to strengthen your preparation for college-level work and academic success. This exceptional program also provides students with time to become familiar with the campus and faculty while earning college credits!

The Achievement Motivation Workshop Program is a series of workshops designed to assist students like yourself reach your personal and academic goals. These workshops are held during the Pre-Freshman Summer Program and throughout the academic year. They enable our students to focus upon specific skills that will enhance their academic experiences.

WHAT ARE THE FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS?

Financial eligibility for EOF is based on the size of the family and the combined gross household income.

EOF INCOME ELIGIBILITY SCALE 2015–2016

Household Size Gross Income (Not to Exceed)
1 $23,340
2 $31,460
3 $39,580
4 $47,700
5 $55,820
6 $63,940
7 $72,060
8 $80,180
Add $8,120 for each additional member of the household

HOW DO I APPLY?

Students who are interested in applying to Caldwell University through the EOF program must:

  • Apply to the university by completing an application and returning it to the Office of Admissions. Be sure to check the EOF box located on page 4 of the Caldwell University application under special programs.
  • Arrange to have the following mailed to the Admissions Office:
  • Official High School transcript or G.E.D. certificate
  • SAT or ACT (with essay) scores
  • Letters of recommendation (2)
  • Essay
  • Federal Tax Return from previous year
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). List Caldwell University as one of the schools you want to receive the financial aid information (College code 002598). You can complete this form online at:   www.fafsa.ed.gov  .
  • Students who qualify will then be invited on campus for an interview.

EOF Graduate Grants

The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund provides financial assistance and support for a small graduate program. The objective of the graduate EOF program is to increase participation in graduate and professional study of New Jersey residents from backgrounds of historical poverty. Students who received EOF grants as undergraduates shall be given priority consideration for EOF graduate grants. These students are presumed to have met the financial eligibility criteria for graduate EOF as long as they continue to demonstrate financial need. Graduate grants range from $200 annually to $4,350 annually depending on the type of institution and financial need. These grants are renewable based upon continued eligibility.

Graduate Eligibility

  • Must demonstrate an educationally and economically disadvantaged background
  • Must be a New Jersey resident 12 consecutive months prior to receiving the award
  • Must apply and be accepted to a participating New Jersey college or university
  • Must be a full-time graduate student as defined by the institution
  • Must meet the financial eligibility criteria as defined in the undergraduate section above
  • Must be in a degree/certificate program with a minimum requirement of 24 equivalent semester hours and be at least one academic year in duration.

The EOF program has limited enrollment capacity and is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.


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