What is the Educational Opportunity Fund Program?
The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program is a comprehensive support program funded by the State of New Jersey that provides academic and financial assistance for New Jersey residents to attend college. The program targets students from academically and financially challenged backgrounds who show academic promise and have the desire to succeed but possibly does not meet the college's regular admission criteria.
To provide quality services and resources for students from under-prepared educational background and low-income families. The program is committed to motivating and encouraging students to pursue academic and professional excellence. The program provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their potential for success in a global society.
Maretta Hodges, MSW
Director, Education Opportunity Fund Program (EOF)
Phone: 973-748-9000 Ext. 1346
Junior and Senior Counselor
- To assist students in developing strategies to achieve academic success;
- To integrate students into the mainstream of co-curricular involvement and its benefits to personal and social growth;
- To foster a sense of unity and support for all students;
- To implement programs and activities to connect students to all areas of the Bloomfield College campus community;
- To take a holistic approach in addressing the needs of EOF students and developing strategies to address those needs;
- To prepare students to face new challenges with hope, optimism, and self-confidence.
To be considered for the EOF program, a student must provide appropriate information and meet certain criteria:
- Must submit a Bloomfield College Application, high school transcript, two letters of recommendation, and SAT or ACT scores for admission.
- Must be a legal resident of New Jersey for at least one year.
- Must be from a low-income family demonstrating historic poverty and meet the financial guidelines established by the State of New Jersey . (http://www.nj.gov/highereducation/EOF/EOF_Eligibility.htm
- Must be enrolled as a full-time college student.
- Must be interviewed by a member of the EOF staff.
- Must participate in an intense six-week residential summer program.
All EOF admitted students will be notified by mail. Students admitted through EOF are required to attend the six-week summer program as a condition for their admission.
- Complete the admissions process to enroll at Bloomfield College
- Submit an “EOF Transfer Form” from your previous institution (signed by the EOF Director or Designee). This form should include verification that you received an EOF Grant at that institution. Please contact your former institution to retrieve the form.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov (Bloomfield Federal School ID 002597). Students who need assistance may contact the Financial Aid Office at (973) 748-9000 ext. 212 or 383.
- Submit a Bloomfield College EOF Transfer Application along with a transcript (official or unofficial) from previous institutions of higher education you’ve attended.
The EOF program provides personal, academic, career, and financial counseling. In addition, the program provides the following support services to assist students in their personal and professional development.
First-Year Experience Program (FYE)
The EOF First Year Experience Program consists of a collaboration of services, programs, and people dedicated to helping new students at Bloomfield College become successful, engaged and well-oriented members of the campus community. In addition to meeting with an EOF Counselor the students will
- Participate in a 6-week Summer Institute
- Participate in the Motivation Study Support Program during each semester
- Complete a minimum of 30 hours of individualized tutoring
- Meet with a Career Counselor to continue career exploration through FOCUS program
- Leadership development
Motivational Study Support Program (MSSP)
MSSP provides a weekly group study session for first-year students. Students are encouraged to strengthen their academic support methods by utilizing the “team” study approach system. Professional tutors are available at the study sessions to provide academic assistance. Sophomores attend workshops that help develop behaviors and mindsets that lead to success.
Summer Enrichment Program
The Six Week Summer Program serves as the student's official induction into Bloomfield College's EOF experience. The Summer Program includes courses in the following areas: English, Math, Computers and Creative Arts and Technology (CAT). This rigorous academic program provides students with the preparation needed to succeed at the college level. The summer experience also includes an evening.