How To Apply to OSP/EOF

The number of students the EOF program at NJCU can admit is limited and based on the availability of funds; therefore, cohort sizes will vary from semester to semester. To increase the chances of becoming an EOF scholar, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit required documents as early as possible. Priority will be given in the following order after accounting for all currently enrolled program students.

Students who are enrolling in college for the first time are considered prospective freshmen.

The Admissions team reviews completed applications and identifies students who are New Jersey residents and come from backgrounds of limited academic preparedness. These students will receive a conditional acceptance letter, from the Director of Admissions, that outlines the next steps in the process to be considered for EOF.

To be eligible for EOF, known as the Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), at NJCU, students must:

  1. Be conditionally accepted to NJCU as a first-time college student. Applications to NJCU must be submitted via the Common App. (Please note NJCU does not have a separate application for EOF.)
  2. File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or NJ Alternate Application for Financial Aid
  3. Meet the financial eligibility income and assets guidelines set forth by the State of NJ 
  4. Gather all identification and income verification documents listed on the document checklist to determine eligibility for the OSP/EOF summer academy.
  5. Submit all required identification and income verification documents on the NJCU Gothic Net portal.

Please note that indicating your interest in OSP/EOF does not solely determine your eligibility for the program. 

For more information regarding state eligibility criteria, visit the Educational Opportunity Fund website.

For questions regarding your application to NJCU, contact the Admissions Office at 201-200-3234.

For questions regarding your financial aid package, contact the Financial Aid Office at 201-200-2054.

For questions regarding OSP/EOF, contact the OSP Recruitment Assistant at 201-200-3276 or osp@njcu.edu.

Students who received at least one semester of an EOF grant at another institution (college/university) and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) are eligible to be considered as EOF Transfer Students.

To be granted an interview for admission to the OSP/EOF program, eligible students must::

  1. Be accepted to NJCU
  2. Submit a completed OSP/EOF application and be sure to mark the applicant type as “EOF Transfer.”

To receive the EOF grant, EOF transfer students must continue to meet EOF eligibility criteria. However, EOF transfer students who are accepted remain eligible for OSP/EOF support services regardless of their grant status.

For questions regarding OSP/EOF, contact the OSP Recruitment Assistant at (201) 200-3276 or osp@njcu.edu

Transfer students who never received an EOF grant at previous institutions or students currently enrolled at NJCU with no previous history of OSP or EOF, who come from backgrounds of limited financial resources and academic preparedness, could be considered for admission to OSP/EOF.

To be granted an interview for admission to the OSP/EOF program, eligible students must:

  1. Be accepted to NJCU as a non-EOF transfer student or be currently enrolled at NJCU with no previous history of EOF at NJCU;

  2. Meet the financial eligibility income and assets guidelines set forth by the State of NJ;

  3. Submit a completed OSP/EOF application; and be sure to mark the applicant type as “Non-EOF Transfer.”

For questions regarding OSP/EOF, contact the OSP Recruitment Assistant at 201-200-3276 or osp@njcu.edu.

 

Students who were previously enrolled in OSP/EOF at NJCU and would like to re-engage after a minimum of one semester of being away from OSP/EOF and/or NJCU are considered re-admit students.

To be considered as a re-admit student in the program, students must:

  1. Have a cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or prior semester GPA of a 2.25;

  2. Submit a completed OSP/EOF application; and be sure to mark the applicant type as “Re-Admit.”

To receive the EOF grant, re-admit students must continue to meet EOF eligibility criteria. However, all re-admit students who are accepted remain eligible for OSP/EOF support services regardless of their grant status.

For questions regarding OSP/EOF, contact the OSP Recruitment Assistant at 201-200-3276 or osp@njcu.edu.

EOF Graduate Grants are available to EOF alumni from throughout New Jersey who are pursuing graduate studies at NJCU and continue to meet EOF eligibility requirements, provided that the student has not already received a graduate/professional degree at the same level of study.

To be considered for the EOF graduate grant at NJCU, a student must:

  1. Be accepted to NJCU as a full-time graduate student enrolled in a minimum of nine credits;

  2. File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or NJ Alternate Application for Financial Aid; and

  3. Submit a completed NJCU EOF Graduate Application (2020-2021 version coming soon).

For more information regarding state eligibility criteria, visit the Educational Opportunity Fund website.

For questions regarding the OSP/EOF Graduate Grant, contact the OSP Program Assistant at 201-200-3167 or djohnson2@njcu.edu