Educational Opportunity Program



Eligibility Information
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is designed to provide an opportunity to New Jersey students who would be unable to attend and/or succeed academically in college without the financial assistance and special services (e.g. counseling, academic advisement, tutoring and developmental course work) that are part of this program.

The actual number of available spaces in EOP are limited. To participate in the EOP, applicants must be New Jersey residents and must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students should contact the EOP Recruiter at (973) 275-2392 for specific admissions information and requirements for participation in the EOP program. Grants are generally available to students from families with a background of poverty, whose annual income falls within the scale listed below and who meet the academic criteria set by the Educational Opportunity Program and Seton Hall University.

Academic Year 2009 - 2010
Applicants with a
Household size of:
Gross Income Not to Exceed
1 $23,760
2 $32,040
3 $40,320
4 $48,600
5 $56,880
6 $65,160
7 $73,460
8 $81,780
** For each additional member of the household add $8,320.

Grants are available for both undergraduate and graduate studies. Undergraduate grants range from $200 - $2,500 per year and graduate grants from $200 - $4,350 per year depending on financial need.

EOF Transfer Students
Students who wish to complete a degree at Seton Hall University, other than the institution where they received their initial Article III undergraduate EOF grant shall contact the EOP Associate Dean/Director at (973) 275-2385, inform them of their intention to transfer, and must meet all of the transfer admission requirements and conditions of Seton Hall  University.

Undergraduate student grants cannot be guaranteed to renewal students who transfer to another institution participating in the EOF program in New Jersey.

EOF Graduate Grants
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. Priority in granting EOF graduate grants shall be given to students who received the EOF undergraduate grant.


  • New Jersey resident 12 consecutive months prior to receiving the award
  • Students attending graduate school at out-of-state institutions are not eligible for EOF graduate grants.
  • 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.
  • Other students must meet rules governing state residency, and non-citizens and resident alien status respectively, the EOF financial eligibility criteria and be full-time graduate student as defined by Seton Hall University.
  • Students may not receive an EOF graduate grant to pursue a second graduate or professional degree at the same level of study for which he or she has already been funded. Graduate degree and certificate programs must have a minimum requirement of 24 equivalent semester hours and be at least one academic year in duration.

How to apply
Freshmen & Transfer Applicants
  Graduate Applicants

For additional information or questions, please contact EOP Admissions Counselor at (973) 761-9161/9164 or (973) 275-2580.

Contact Us

Educational Opportunity Program
(973) 761-9161
Fax (973) 275-2364
Alfieri Hall


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