For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court University to Offer Funding to More Students

Educational Opportunity Fund Program Expanded

Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 17, 2008—The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education announced recently that Georgian Court University has been granted 15 more Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) spaces for undergraduate students and two additional spots for graduate students, bringing the total number of EOF spaces at Georgian Court University to 113.

The importance of this, explains Celia Younger, the director of EOF at Georgian Court, is that the program is able to extend financial, personal, and academic assistance to the students most in need.

“EOF is the avenue in which students from high-distress areas are recruited and admitted to the university,” she says. “The students need the services offered by the program in order to be successful.” She explains that those services include academic, personal and financial counseling, and ongoing intervention.

A state-funded program created in 1968 to provide access to higher education for economically and educationally disadvantaged students, EOF is said to be one of the nation’s most comprehensive and successful state-sponsored efforts. The program assists low-income residents who are capable and motivated but lack adequate preparation for college study. Helping students succeed and graduate, EOF supports a wide array of campus-based outreach and support services at institutions.

Students enrolled in an EOF program may receive financial assistance through grants ranging from $200 to $2,500 for undergraduates, and $200 to $4,350 for graduates.

“At Georgian Court, EOF undergraduate students receive $2,500 per year, and graduate students will receive $2,850 per year,” Ms. Younger says.

This is the first time in many years that Georgian Court has had EOF funds available for graduate-level students. “EOF provides assistance to students beyond the baccalaureate degree, and since most of our graduate students are not from Ocean County, they need a place to live in order to attend. Now that the university offers graduate internships, we can assist postbaccalaureate students who graduated in the EOF program with some of the expenses of attending,” she says.

EOF grants are renewable annually based upon continued eligibility. Forty-two of New Jersey’s community colleges and public and private four-year colleges and universities participate in the EOF program.

According to the NJ Commission on Higher Education, while participation is not limited to minority students, EOF sponsors more than one-third of the African-American and Latino students at the state colleges and New Jersey’s independent institutions. Furthermore, over one-quarter of the African-American and Latino students enrolled at New Jersey colleges and universities participate in the EOF program. EOF enrolls about 12.5 percent of the first-time, full-time New Jersey freshmen entering the state’s colleges and universities each fall.

The EOF mission statement says: “EOF provides access to higher education and support for highly motivated students who exhibit the potential for success, but who come from families/communities disadvantaged by low income and the lack of access to the quality educational preparation necessary to attend college.” (EOF/CHE Regulations)

For more information about Georgian Court University’s EOF program, contact Celia Younger, program director, at 732.987.2355.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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