Admissions Process

 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 

Financial Consideration:

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 2023-2024

Household Size

Gross Income

1

$27,180

2

$36,620

3

$46,060

4

$55,500

5

$64,940

6

$74,380

7

$83,820

8

$93,260

**

For each additional member of the household add $9,440

Academic Considerations

First-Time Freshmen:

  • Average Applicant Cumulative GPA: 2.5

  • SAT/ACT Optional

    First-Time Freshmen Application Process

    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: Submit an EOF application.

    Step 3: Submit the required supporting and financial documents

    •  Your application will not be considered complete or be reviewed for EOF admissions until all required documents are received. 
    • An automated e-mail will be sent to you with more information regarding the required supporting documents needed to complete your EOF application process.

    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 2023-2024 academic year. 

    In order to complete an EOF application for Fall 2023, applicants must submit the required supporting financial documentation. EOF applications are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for EOF admission until ALL documents are received.

    Below are the required documents needed:

    Biological/Adoptive Parent Financial Documents

    If the applicant’s parents worked in 2021, submit:  

    • Parent 2021 W2’s

    If the applicant’s parents worked and filed taxes in 2021, submit:

    • Parent 2021 W2’s
    • Parent 2021 Income tax return (1040’s) with all schedules
    • Parent 2021 AND 2020 IRS Tax Return Transcript

    If the applicant’s parents did not work in 2021, submit

    Applicant Financial Documents

     If the applicant worked in 2021, submit:  

    • 2021 W2’s

    If the applicant worked and filed taxes in 2021, submit

    If the applicant is a permanent resident, submit:

    • Front and back picture of residency card

    Submit any documentation pertaining to the categories below (only if applicable):

    • Guardianship
    • Custody
    • Ward of Court
    • Adoption
    • Homeless

    Submit the following documentation if the applicant or anyone in the household received the following benefits in 2021:

    • Social Security Benefits or SSI/Disability --> 1099 Form or Letter indicating total received in 2021
    • Child Support Received -->  End of Year Statement/Letter from parent stating amount received in 2021
    • Unemployment Benefits -->  W-2/1099-G Form from 2021
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) -->  Letter from Office of Social Services with totals received in 2021
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) --> Letter stating total received monthly in 2021/ SNAP form

     

    Submit the following documents (only if applicable):

    • Business Income reported on IRS form 1040

      If the applicant is unsure which documents are needed to review their EOF application, e-mail us at EOFadmission@wpunj.edu.  

      The EOF Office reserves the right to request additional financial documentation to determine eligibility. Intentional false statement(s) and/or misrepresentation(s) subjects the filer to automatic disqualification.

      How to submit EOF supporting documents:

      • E-Mail: eofadmission@wpunj.edu (preferred)
      • Fax: 973-720-2053
      • Mail:
        • WPUNJ-EOFRaubinger
        • Hall Suite 140
        • 300 Pompton Road
        • Wayne NJ 07470

      EOF Transfer Criteria for Admission

       This EOF application is ONLY for students who were enrolled in an EOF program at their previous institution.

      •  EOF Transfer Admission Requirements: 2.0 GPA from previous institution & good standing with previous EOF program.
      •  Financial Consideration: EOF transfer students must continue to meet the income eligibility guidelines for household income-based size as determined yearly by the NJ Commission on Higher Education. The EOF Office reserves the right to request additional financial documentation to determine eligibility.
      • Program RequirementsAdmitted students are required to attend monthly cohort meetings and schedule monthly one-on-one meetings with assigned EOF Counselor.

      Application Steps

      •  Step 1: Complete a WPUNJ On-line Application 
      •  Step 2: Submit this è  Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF) Transfer Student Application
        • You must first be accepted to WPUNJ in order to apply to the EOF Program.  Application is only accessible once you have access to your Microsoft 365 Account via WPConnect.
      •  Step 3: Submit EOF Transfer Sector form from previously attended NJ College/University EOF program office indicating NJ state EOF funding status and semesters enrolled.

      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, and add WPUNJ code to ensure your aid eligibility can be accessed by the WPUNJ Financial Aid department for transferring financial aid packaging purposes.
        • 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).
      • If you do not adhere to the deadline, you may be ineligible for available federal and/or state financial aid programs for the 2023-2024 academic year. 

       

      Deadlines for EOF TRANSFERS ONLY:

      Fall: September 15 & Spring: February 15

       

       

      Other Applicant Criteria for Admission

      Other applicants are those who are:

      • Current WPU Students (not first-time first-year)
      • Transfer Students (not EOF Transfer Student)
      • Readmit Students (previously WPU EOF student out for more than 2 years)

      •  Admission Requirements: 2.0 GPA from previous institution or WPUNJ.
      •  Financial Consideration: EOF applicants must meet the income eligibility guidelines for household income-based size as determined yearly by the NJ Commission on Higher Education. 
      • Program RequirementsAdmitted students are required to attend monthly cohort meetings and schedule monthly one-on-one meetings with assigned EOF Counselor.

        Application Steps

        • Step 1: Complete a WPUNJ On-line Application 
        • Step 2: Submit this è Current William Paterson University Student EOF Program Application
          • You must first be accepted to WPUNJ in order to apply to the EOF Program.  Application is only accessible once you have access to your Microsoft 365 Account via WPConnect.
        •  Step 3: Submit applicable financial supporting documents as indicated on the supporting documents tabs above.
          • Your application will not be considered complete or be reviewed for EOF admissions until all documents are received. 

         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, and add WPUNJ code to ensure your aid eligibility can be accessed by the WPUNJ Financial Aid department for transferring financial aid packaging purposes.
          • 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).
        • If you do not adhere to the deadline, you may be ineligible for available federal and/or state financial aid programs for the 2023-2024 academic year. 

         

        Deadlines for EOF TRANSFERS ONLY:

        Fall: September 15 Spring: February 15