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Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions EOF program is to function in accordance with state and university goals. The aim is to provide access and opportunity to higher education for first generation and low income students who demonstrate motivation and interest to learn. 

Through academic advising, financial aid counseling, and co-curricular programming, the School of Health Related Professions EOF Program will assist students in obtaining degrees in health related fields. The overall objective is to provide students with access to the workforce and to enable them to become professionals with the necessary skills to deliver quality services in the ever evolving healthcare industry.

SHRP EOF Programs

The Rutgers SHRP EOF program administers the following programs which are designed to ensure academic success of each student:

Summer Program

Whether students are returning to school after a long absence or have recently completed high school the EOF Summer Program is especially designed to make the adjustment to college easier.

The six-week program begins in late June/early July and ends the first week of August. The Summer Program provides small group instruction, tutoring, counseling, and motivational workshops. Students have the opportunity to strengthen their skills in the areas of anatomy/physiology, mathematics, chemistry and writing.

Funding for the Summer Program is provided for all students who are eligible to participate. Students receive books, supplies and a weekly stipend.

Academic Year Program

The Rutgers SHRP-EOF Academic Year Program is designed to enhance students academic performance during enrollment in their professional programs by assisting with the resources to overcome academic difficulties which they may encounter.

All EOF students will participate in additional developmental activities. Attendance at meetings, workshops, tutoring and counseling sessions are required. The EOF grant is included in the student's financial aid package.

Eligibility Requirements

Families who have accumulated assets do not qualify for financial assistance through the New Jersey EOF Program. Grants are generally available to students from families with a background of poverty whose annual income fall within the EOF Income Eligibility Scale (below), as established by the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education/EOF Board of Directors, and who meet the academic criteria set by the Rutgers undergraduate school of their choice. 

EOF Income Eligibility Scale 2014-2015
Household Size (including student) Family Gross Income Does Not Exceed
1 $22,980
2 $31,020
3 $39,060
4 $47,100
5 $55,140
6 $63,180
7 $71,220
8 $79,260
** For each additional member of the household, add $8,040.

To be considered for SHRP EOF a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Is a legal resident of the state of New Jersey for at least twelve consecutive months.
  • Is or will be enrolled full time (12 credits) in a SHRP undergraduate program.
  • Has not completed a bachelor's degree.
  • Has an economic background that reflects a history of low income.
  • Show proof of income that falls within the state mandated guidelines.
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be obtained at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • EOF students must meet the guidelines set by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education http://www.state.nj.us/highereducation/eligible.htm

What services do EOF students receive?

  • Orientation sessions
  • Academic, personal and career counseling
  • Tutoring in professional courses
  • Academic skills workshops
  • Student leadership development
  • Financial aid assistance

How to Apply

  • Please click the following URL to complete an online SHRP EOF application: http://apps.shrp.rutgers.edu/projects/EOF/eof.cfm.  Although, paper applications are available it is recommended that all applicants complete the online form to ensure timely receipt of your information.  Office of Student Affairs located in the Stanley S. Bergen Building Room 101, or call (973) 972-7939 to have an application mailed or visit this link to download an EOF Application
  • All EOF applicants must submit a copy of their most recent IRS federal tax return transcript to Rutgers- SHRP before your application can be reviewed.  

Paper applications and supporting documents can be submitted in person or via mail to:
Sandie Armand, Program Supervisor for Student Affairs/EOF
Stanley S. Bergen Building
65 Bergen Street

Room 101

Newark, NJ 07101

What happens after applying?

  • Upon receipt of the application and appropriate documents, a member of the EOF staff will contact students regarding their eligibility.
  • If eligible for EOF, student will attend a mandatory EOF Orientation and sign an EOF contract for services.
  • Meet with the counselor to set up regular contact schedule.

Location: SHRP- Office of Student Affairs, Newark Campus

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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