Educational Opportunity Fund Program

Established in 1970 , the Educational Opportunity Fund at Essex County College facilitates access to higher education for students from low-income, economically and educationally disadvantaged communities.

The program has consistently offered a high quality, comprehensive range of services in order to meet student needs, and has resulted

Major highlights of the program include the Pre-Summer Freshman Program, Counseling Services, Tutorial Services, and EOF Academic Scholarships. More than 1,000 students are currently taking advantage of Essex County College’s EOF Program.

Summer 2018

49 days until classes begin

About the EOF

The Pre-Freshman Program’s aims are three-fold:

  • To strengthen basic academic, critical thinking, and personal skills in preparation for college;
  • To provide early orientation to the college environment;
  • To serve as a vehicle for early identification of EOF-eligible students.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Low-income (receive or will receive State of NJ college aid – “TAG”)
  • Full time student
  • High School or GED diploma, or passing status on the Ability to Benefit Test (ABT)

The counseling component consists of academic, personal and financial aid services given in individual and group sessions.

Tutoring services are provided in a number of subjects to program students. EOF students account for a significantly high proportion of students on the Dean’s List.

EOF scholarships are awarded for outstanding academic performance to graduating students who have been accepted to four-year institutions.



Joanna Romano, Director