To participate in the School of Arts and Sciences Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program, scholars must meet the following eligibility requirements.Please carefully read through all the criteria carefully: 

  1. Must demonstrate an educationally and economically disadvantaged background

  2. Must be a New Jersey resident 12 consecutive months prior to receiving the award

  3. Must apply and be accepted to a participating New Jersey college or university

  4. Must meet the academic criteria as set by the institution of choice

  5. Must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application.

  6. Family’s verifiable** gross income and assets must fall within EOF Income Eligibility Scale as established by the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education/EOF Board of Directors:  

  

2023-24 EOF Income Eligibility Scale with Asset Cap Calculation

 

Applicants with a Household Size  Gross Income (Not to Exceed) Max. Asset Cap (Not to Exceed)
1 $27,180 $5,436
2 $36,620 $7,324
3 $46,060 $9,212
4 $55,500 $11,100
5 $64,940 $12,988
6 $74,380 $14,876
7 $83,820 $16,764
8 $93,260 $18,652
8+ Add $9,440 for each additional family member Add $1,888 for each additional family member

**In order for scholars to qualify for New Jersey State aid, upon request, applicants must provide proof of verifiable income, such as U.S. Tax return transcripts, IRS wage statements, or proof of income through a federal or state agency, i.e. TANF, SSI, SNAP, etc. 

  

2024-25 EOF Income Eligibility Scale with Asset Cap Calculation

 

Applicants with a Household Size  Gross Income (Not to Exceed) Max. Asset Cap (Not to Exceed)
1 $29,160 $5,832
2 $39,440 $7,888
3 $49,720 $9,944
4 $60,000 $12,000
5 $70,280 $14,056
6 $80,560 $16,112
7 $90,840 $18,168
8 $101,120 $20,224
*** Add $10,280 for each additional family member Add $2,056 for each additional family member

 

**In order for scholars to qualify for New Jersey State aid, upon request, applicants must provide proof of verifiable income, such as U.S. Tax return transcripts, IRS wage statements, or proof of income through a federal or state agency, i.e. TANF, SSI, SNAP, etc. 

What to do next

  1. Apply!
    1. U.S. Citizens or Eligible Non-citizens complete: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    2. Undocumented NJ DREAMERS complete: The New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application
  2. Complete your New Jersey Financial Aid System "TO DO List" for State Grants and Scholarships.
    1. First Year Students
    2. Transfer Students
    3. Current Rutgers-New Brunswick 2nd & 3rd year Students
  3. The EOF Confirmation Process: The EOF grant will be added to your award letter once you have submitted all documents requested to by the Office of Financial aid and they can verifies your are income & assets meet state requirements.  

 

Common Forms Requested for 2024-25

How to get the Forms

 

Parent and/or Student 2022 Tax Return Transcript from the IRS.

*Signed 1040s Tax Returns will not be accepted for EOF review. Need Help? Click Here

Order from IRS.GOV

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Parent and/or Student  2022 W-2 Forms

Order from IRS.GOV or Contact Previous Employers 

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Yearly Statement of Social Security Benefits (SA-1099) received by all members of your family in  2022 . No monthly statements 

Order from the Social Security Administration

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Proof of Citizenship for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Passport or Green Card (Front & Back Copies)  

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Yearly Statement of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Benefits received by all members of your family in  2022 No monthly statements 

Order from your local County Social Services Office

 

Parent and/or Student  2022 Verification of Non-filing letter from the IRS

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Parent and/or Student  2022 Wage and Income Statement from the IRS

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 Yearly Statement of Social Security Benefits (SSI) received by all members of your family in 2022 No monthly statements 

Order from your local Social Services County Office

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