Joanna Romano
Education Opportunity Fund

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. A testimony to the success of the program is the large number of students who have graduated and are pursuing careers or continuing their studies in professional and other institutions of higher learning.


Major highlights of the program include the Pre-Summer Freshman Program, Counseling Services, Tutorial Services, and EOF Academic Scholarships.


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. EOF services are characterized by strong student advocacy.


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.


Today, over 1,000 students from the urban community are taking advantage of the opportunity provided by Essex County College’s EOF Program.

How do I get money to pay for summer classes?

  • Keep aside money from your Tuition Refund, or your job, or your tax refund, etc. to pay for your summer classes. Taking summer classes is a good way to move ahead toward your graduation!
  • The EOF Department generally receives some extra money to pay for summer classes of certain EOF students. You should talk to your EOF Counselor right away. He/She will explain the process and the priorities for this money. Again, see your EOF Counselor for a full explanation.



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Educational Opportunity Fund
A. Zachary Yamba Building; Room 3203 (Green Area)
303 University Ave.
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973.877.3228
Fax: 973.877.3549

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