Educational Opportunity Fund
EOF at SoE
The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) is a NJ state-supported effort to provide access to higher education to students who exhibit evidence of academic and/or creative promise but lack adequate resources for college. Students enrolled in an EOF program receive financial assistance through grants and scholarships and support services.
The School of Engineering’s EOF program is known as Engineers of the Future and is more widely open to students who may not qualify for the state-sponsored program. These students are admitted through the Engineering Opportunity Program (EOP) after holistic review of the Rutgers admission application. In addition to academic access, our program includes support services such as counseling, developmental course work, tutoring, study groups, professional development workshops, and a supportive network.
At a Glance
EOF/EOP Offers College Access
- Economically and educationally disadvantaged students
- First generation college students
- Traditionally underrepresented populations in engineering
Students enrolled in an EOF program receive financial assistance through grants and scholarships ranging from $200 to $5,000. These grants are renewable annually based upon continued eligibility.
There are a limited number of student spaces available for each campus program so it is important to apply early. Final determination of eligibility is made by the campus director.
To be considered for the EOF program, a student must:
- Demonstrate an economically and educationally disadvantaged background.
- Be a resident of New Jersey for 12 months immediately preceding enrollment.
- Be accepted through University admissions for EOF and/or be enrolled at a participating NJ college or university.
- Have a family income that falls within the established income eligibility criteria.
- Meet the academic criteria as set by the institution of their choice.
Academic Development and Advising
Students receive support services such as counseling, developmental course work, tutoring, study groups, professional development workshops, and a supportive network.
- Academic skills course
- Assigned academic counselor
- Individual tutoring for 100% of first-year needs
- Proactive support for all students
Summer Institute Bridge Program
Our five-week summer residential program ensures students are college ready by giving them an opportunity to experience the School of Engineering from the academic program to the campus environment. Students are exposed to:
- Math, physics, computer programming, and writing preparation
- Research projects
- A community for success
The program prepares students beyond graduation, setting them up for success.
- Professionally focused societies and organizations
- Corporate partner connections and resources
- Professional Development Skills Course
- Internal liaison with the Office of Career Exploration and Success
EOF Transfer Students
If you are receiving EOF at your current institution and are in good standing with the program, you will be eligible to receive all non-monetary benefits from Rutgers School of Engineering EOF. Depending on availability, you may be eligible to receive the EOF grant and apply for other monetary aid (i.e. summer course tuition reimbursement).