EOF applicants must meet the income eligibility guidelines for household income based on size as determined yearly by the NJ Commission on Higher Education.
Academic Year 2022-2023
For each additional member of the household add $9,080
State Eligibility Criteria:
EOF applicant must be a New Jersey resident for 12 consecutive months prior to enrollment
Intend to enroll full-time (at least 12-credits per semester)
Attended a high school and/or live in targeted socio-economic areas as identified by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
Must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application
Gross income and assets must fall within the income eligibility scale
Average Applicant Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Must be accepted into the university by the Office of Admissions.
First-Time Freshmen Criteria for Admission
The decision to offer admission acceptance is based on a number of factors. These include the quality of an applicant’s grades, types of courses taken, letters of recommendation, extracurricular/community involvement, and financial eligibility requirements as indicated by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education of New Jersey.
Step 1: Complete a WPUNJ On-line application.
Step 2: Apply and submit your EOF application.
Step 3: Submit required supporting and financial documents
All correspondence should be sent directly to WPUNJ’s Educational Opportunity Fund Program by one of the following methods:
Please Note: All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) for each academic year by March 1st.
The FAFSA can be obtained online at: https://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.
All students must complete their "To-Do list" from the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA).
The “To-Do list” can be accessed online at: https://njfams.hesaa.org/
If you do not adhere to the deadline, you may be ineligible for available federal and/or state financial aid programs for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Applicants must submit supporting and financial documents as indicated in Step 3.
Include the following required documents only if applicable:
Transfer Criteria for Admission
The decision to offer transfer into our WPUNJ EOF program is based on a number of factors. These include:
Step 1: Complete a WPUNJ On-line Application
Step 2: Apply and submit your EOF application
Step 3: Submit supporting and financial documents.
Step 4: Submit EOF Transfer Sector form from previously attended NJ College/University EOF program office indicating NJ state EOF funding status and semesters enrolled.
Please Note: *If you were not EOF at another NJ participating college/university, you can still apply but cannot be prioritized based on NJ EOF state policies and procedures.
Deadlines for EOF TRANSFERS ONLY:
Fall- October 1st
Spring- February 28th
Application Deadline: April 1st
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470