The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) was created in 1968 to ensure meaningful access to higher education for those who come from backgrounds of economic and educational disadvantage. The Fund assists low-income New Jersey residents who are capable and motivated but lack adequate preparation for college study.
As a part of this initiative, the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at Seton Hall University was established in 1968 to provide educational and financial assistance to eligible New Jersey students of academic promise from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) combines the financial assistance from the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), along with academic support: tutoring, structured study, academic advisement, opportunity for community service, internships and counseling services throughout the college experience: undergraduate and graduate.
The road to college and graduation can be filled with obstacles. The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) can make the journey successful. If you are serious about earning a college degree, the EOP can be a turn in the right direction.
Pre-Freshman Summer Program
For all accepted EOP students, the Seton Hall experience begins with our Pre-Freshman Summer Enrichment program that provides an excellent introduction into the rigors of college life. Students are enrolled in up to 7 college credits that will count toward degree requirements. Following the Student/Family Orientation, students reside on-campus and are immersed in structured study, tutoring, counseling, and academic advisement, while also participating in community service events. At the end of the six week program, students will be better prepared to succeed on a college level.
Support Opportunities Available through EOP
The Undergraduate EOF Grant, available to eligible undergraduate students, provides the financial assistance to help pay for college. The academic support program offers students a freshman summer program that provides a "head start" on the college experience, as well as offers individual, group and family counseling; tutoring; educational enrichment through the Center for Learning, Instruction and Assessment (CLIA); including conferences, seminars, assistantships and standardized test preparation; and additional services in other areas of need. A graduate EOF Grant is available to those eligible students who wish to pursue graduate or professional school studies at Seton Hall University upon completion of the baccalaureate degree.