Educational Opportunity Fund

The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) is one of the nation's most comprehensive and successful state-supported efforts to provide access to higher education for economically and educationally disadvantaged students. The School of Engineering EOF Program offers financial and academic assistance to low-income New Jersey residents who show potential and exhibit evidence of academic and/or creative promise, but who lack adequate resources for college. 

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. Students also receive support services such as counseling, developmental course work, tutoring, study groups, professional development workshops, and a supportive network. 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.

EOF/EOP Offers College Access

  • Economically and educationally disadvantaged students
  • First generation college students
  • Traditionally underrepresented populations in engineering

Academic Development and Advising

  • Academic skills course
  • Assigned academic counselor
  • Individual tutoring for 100% of first-year needs
  • Proactive support for all students

Summer Institute Bridge Program

  • Math, physics, computer programming, and writing preparation
  • Research projects
  • A community for success

Professional Development 

  • Corporate readiness program
  • Professionally focused societies and organizations

Pride Points

  • 100% student matriculation into academic year after successful program completion
  • 640 average math SAT
  • 88% two-year retention rate
  • 72% graduation rate
  • 82% full-time job or graduate school placement after graduation


To be considered for the EOF program, a student must:

  1. Demonstrate an economically and educationally disadvantaged background.
  2. Be a resident of New Jersey for 12 months immediately preceding enrollment.
  3. Be accepted through University admissions for EOF and/or be enrolled at a participating NJ college or university.
  4. Have a family income that falls within the established income eligibility criteria.
  5. Meet the academic criteria as set by the institution of their choice.

Visit the State of New Jersey Higher Education website for more information.


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). For more information, please contact Anna Mae Dinio-Bloch.

If you have any questions or concerns about the EOF program, please contact Dean Michael Brown.