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Established in 1969, 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.
An ECC student who is:
Even though EOF students come from some of the lowest income and most challenged communities, they consistently rank higher in retention and graduation rate.
Submit an application via the online form above during the first weeks of the Fall or the Spring semesters. Exact dates will be posted on the website, in the department, and around the college with flyers and posters. You will be informed if you are eligible within several weeks of submitting your application. EOF returning students have the first priority for funding. However, due to many students graduating, transferring, or dropping out, we will have openings. New students will be required to attend EOF orientation and provide requested income verification documents later in the semester.
If you have questions at any time, you may contact:
Michael Cresci, Eligibility Coordinator
The EOF Program at ECC also sponsors:
EOF offers brand new college students a six-week program. Earn credits towards your degree, brush up on college-level skills, have daily free lunch with our EOF counselors, and much more! Apply at the link above if you’re new to college and want to get a great head start on your experience at Essex County College. The 2023 Program will be announced soon.
EOF is a State of New Jersey, Higher Education Department program. It receives a limited amount of funds for students at the beginning of the academic year (September). Therefore, you may well be eligible, yet not funded because the funds have been used up! In the meantime, you are very welcome to use many of the resources of the EOF program.
Contact UsJoanna Romano, Director, 973-877-3231Caroline Beretta, Associate Director, 973-877-3405Michael Cresci, Program Manager, 973-877-3232
Edyta Niedbal, Eligibility Coordinator, 973-877-3229
EOF Department3rd Level, Green Area, Yamba Building
8am to 6pm
West Essex students – see Ms. Walker or Ms. Newton-Banks