Educational Opportunity Fund Program

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EOF Frequently Asked Questions

We know that navigating college can sometimes be difficult, so this page is designed to answer common questions that are often posed by our students. If your question is not addressed in the information that follows, please contact EOF Secretary, Luiza at ext.1462.

Did you know the EOF Office has office hours at Pemberton, Mount Laurel, and the Willingboro Center? To view our office hours, click here.

 

Q1. When is my EOF application due?
A1. There is no formal due date; however, EOF seats fill up quickly. Therefore, for optimal consideration, please adhere to the following submission dates:

  • Fall term admission: September 1st
  • Spring term admission: February 1st

Q2. What kind of tax documents do I need?
A2.1 – If you filed taxes: Per state guidelines, we require an IRS Tax Return Transcript for your most recently filed taxes. This document can be requested free of charge from the IRS.

A2.2 – If you did NOT file taxes: You must provide the following:

  • A W-2 form for each source of employment income
  • A signed statement that provides the sources and amounts of the person’s earned income, which is not reflected on the W-2s (can be a completed Financial Aid verification worksheet)
  • Proof of non-filing letter, which certifies that the person has not filed and is not required to file a tax return. This letter can be obtained from the IRS by completing form 4506-T at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506t.pdf

Q3. Do you require an essay with my EOF application?
A3. Yes, an essay is a required component of the EOF application process. Detailed essay instructions can be found on the application itself. Essays are reviewed and scored by the EOF Counselors during the application review process. An application without an essay will be deemed incomplete.

Q4. I was in the EOF program at another college. Do I still need to apply?
A4. Yes. Even though you are considered “EOF” once you gain admission into any EOF program in the state, each program has a limited number of seats. However, you will receive priority over other applicants provided that you left in “good standing” at your former institution.

Q5. If I am accepted into the program, when can I expect to receive my EOF financial aid award?
A5. Financial aid awards are a combination of funding sources. Your EOF award will be posted to your account once you have completed the EOF admissions process and we have received an update on your eligibility from the State of NJ. First all college debts will be paid off. Then a refund of excess financial aid will be sent to you. Any change in your enrollment status could result in a delay in the release of your financial aid award.

Q6. Do I need to reapply every term to the EOF program?
A6. No. However, you must complete the FAFSA application each year and sign a new EOF contract.

Q7. How do I learn the status of my application?
A7. Once we receive your application, we will email you a letter outlining our admissions process. As your application is being processed, we may contact you via phone or email to request missing information or to ask follow-up questions. If you do not meet eligibility criteria, you will receive a letter in the mail explaining the reason for ineligibility. If you meet the eligibility criteria, we will call you in for an interview with the EOF Director.