Educational Opportunity Fund Program
Criteria for Admission
The criterion for admission is divided into academic and financial considerations.
- The first-time freshman applicant SAT average (Critical Reading and Mathematics) score will be a combined 800 with a minimum 400 on the verbal component.
- The applicant's official high school transcript must indicate a cumulative grade point average of a 2.3 / C+ or better with at least 14 academic units.
Prospective students must also be New Jersey residents for at least one year, and be US citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States to be eligible for EOF funding and participation in the program.
If a prospective student parent(s) is not a US citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States they must complete an appeal with the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA).
The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division issued a decision in A.Z. v. Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, 427 N.J. Super. 389 (App. Div. 2012), that may affect some students eligibility for State financial aid. In that case, A.Z., a United States citizen and dependent student who resides in New Jersey, was determined ineligible for a Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) award pursuant to N.J.A.C. 9A:9-2.2(a)(1) based solely on the fact that her custodial parent was determined not to be a legal resident of New Jersey. The court found that, in light of the underlying statutory framework of N.J.S.A. 18A:71B-1 et seq., HESAA’s long-standing regulation that presumes that a dependent student is a legal resident of the state in which his or her parent(s) is domiciled should allow for an opportunity to rebut the presumption.
In light of that decision, students previously denied due to parental residency are being afforded an opportunity to submit for HESAA’s consideration evidence establishing that they reside in New Jersey, as defined by N.J.S.A. 18A:71B-2(b) and N.J.A.C. 9A:2.2(a), notwithstanding the residency of their parent(s). Such evidence may include, but is not limited to:
(1) Proof of graduation from a New Jersey high school;
(2) A copy of your New Jersey resident income tax return;
(3) A copy of your New Jersey driver license;
(4) Evidence of home ownership or a long-term lease in New Jersey; and/or
(5) Such documentation as may be deemed necessary by HESAA upon specific review of your application.
Any questions may be directed to HESAA’s Office of Grants & Scholarships at (609) 588-3268. Students wishing to file an appeal may fax their appeal to (609) 588-2228.
A prospective EOF student must complete a William Paterson University Admission Application and an EOF Application. To be considered for the program, you must meet the NJ State income eligibility criteria and EOF academic criteria. In addition prospective students must also be New Jersey residents for at least one year, and be US citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States to be eligible for EOF funding and participation in the program.
Prospective Students First-Time Freshmen:
Any of the following (if applicable)
- Social Security Benefits Statements for 2013 (Please Submit: Form 1099)
- TANF/Food Stamps Statements for 2013 (Please Submit: A letter from the Social Services Office stating the total amount received in 2013, including a system print out)
- Unemployment’s Statements for 2013 (Please Submit: W-2)
- Child Support (Please Submit: End of The Year Statement for 2013)
- Permanent Resident Alien Card (Both Sides)
Additional information may be requested at the discretion of the EOF office to determine eligibility.
All correspondence should be sent to the address below:
William Paterson University
Educational Opportunity Fund Program
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
Any additional questions please feel free to contact the EOF office at 973-720-2181/973-720-2182 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
*All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) for each academic year by April 1st. Students are also required to complete the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) form as soon as possible. If you do not adhere to the deadline, you may be ineligible for available federal and/or state financial aid programs for the 2014-2015 academic year. The FAFSA can be obtained by contacting the federal processor at 1.800.433.3243 or going online at fafsa.ed.gov. We recommend that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. It allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed and transfer the data directly into their FAFSA. It’s the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate tax information. The HESAA form can be obtained by going online at www.hesaa.org.