Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)
Consistent with the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE)/Equal Opportunity Fund (EOF), Georgian Court University is committed to aligning educational opportunities to students who meet the EOF academic and financial eligibility criteria. The university provides these students with a comprehensive liberal arts education in the Roman Catholic tradition.
The EOF program also offers academic and educational advisement, tutoring, leadership development initiatives, and a financial aid supplemental grant—all designed to promote persistence through degree completion and the pursuit of their future careers.
The EOF program at Georgian Court University’s vision is to provide educational access and opportunity to promising New Jersey residents from under represented populations throughout the State of New Jersey. It is also our commitment to offer support services aimed at improving students’ personal, social, professional, and academic success throughout their higher education journey.
- Recruit Provide educational opportunities for academically and financially disadvantaged students.
- Retain Create a comprehensive and quality academic experience that will enhance each student’s ability to graduate.
- Graduate Monitor and assist in academic advisement to ensure persistence in meeting the timeliness of degree completion.
You must apply to the university and indicate that you are interested in the EOF program. This can be done in person at the Office of Admissions. If you require assistance, please contact our office at 732-987-2355.
The EOF staff is also available to meet and discuss your needs, concerns, and aspirations for obtaining a higher education degree. Our office is located on the first floor of the Sister Mary Joseph Cunningham Library. Stop by and get to know us!
You may qualify to participate in the EOF program if:
- you have lived in New Jersey for at least a year;
- you are a high school graduate or have a GED;
- you are a U.S. citizen or otherwise eligible;
- you reside in a state-identified target recruitment area;
- show academic and financial need; and
- are a full-time, matriculating student carrying 12 credits or more per semester.
Preference will be given to students with a minimum combined SAT score of 800 and a minimum
2.5 GPA or higher.
- Pre-freshman summer program
- State award up to $2,500 and institutional aid
- Support services (i.e., tutoring, academic coaching, and personal and social enrichment.)
EOF grants are available to eligible undergraduate and graduate students. If you are interested, please complete the Georgian Court University application for admission, and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Once your application for GCU has been completed and you have been accepted, you will receive a separate notification of your acceptance into the EOF program. You must also complete the EOF application.
If selected for verification, you must upload ALL requested documents immediately to the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) and send copies to the GCU Office of Financial Aid. Call 609-584-4480 or visit www.hesaa.org for additional information regarding student aid. GCU’s priority deadline for financial aid is April 15. Completing your FAFSA by this date will optimize your chances of receiving financial and institutional aid.
EOF participants receive a generous financial aid package. State funding is available for up to 12 semesters (TAG 10 semesters; EOF 12 semesters) for the first bachelor’s degree. Students are expected to take responsibility for a portion of their financial obligation. The program will provide counseling, if needed, in the financial process.
All students must maintain satisfactory academic progress as outlined in the Georgian Court University Undergraduate Catalog to remain eligible for all financial aid programs.