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Ramapo College Office of Admissions

McBride House
505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ 07430

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Educational Opportunity Fund Students

The mission of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program is to provide access to higher education and support for highly motivated students who exhibit the potential for success, but who come from families/communities disadvantaged by low income and a lack of access to quality educational preparation necessary to attend college.

EOF Program Admission Requirements

Admission to Ramapo College through the EOF Program is based on several factors, including meeting the academic requirements for admission through the EOF Program as well as meeting the financial eligibility requirements as indicated by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education of New Jersey. Each application is reviewed individually and all information is kept confidential.

Undergraduate EOF applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Be a New Jersey state resident for at least 12 consecutive months
  • Have received a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma (GED)
  • Demonstrate an educationally and economically disadvantaged background
  • Meet the academic criteria for admission
  • Meet financial eligibility requirements
  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1

Academic Requirements

Freshmen Academic Requirements

  • Minimum GPA: 2.8
  • Minimum ACT Composite score: 19, or
  • Minimum new SAT score: 980 (EBRW + M)
  • Rank in the top one-third of your class

For those who submit both SAT and ACT test scores, we will use the test that highlights the applicant the best.

Transfer Academic Requirements

Applicants must follow the same criteria for general transfer admissions:

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Been an EOF student in your freshman year of college
  • Final high school transcript (if transferring with less than 45 earned college credits)

Please see Criteria for Admissions to More Selective Programs for academic requirements for Nursing, Biology, Social Work and the Anisfield School of Business.

Application Requirements

All EOF applicants must meet both academic and financial requirements for admissions. Freshmen and transfer applicants must submit an application for admission to Ramapo College along with required credentials listed below by the appropriate application deadline. See the Academic Requirements and the Financial Eligibility Requirement tabs for both academic and financial eligibility requirements.

Freshmen Application Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Official SAT or ACT test scores
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • 2016 1040 Federal Tax Return Parent’s and (students if applicable)
  • 2016 W-2 Form Parent’s and (students if applicable).

Transfer Application Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • Official College transcript for all colleges attended
  • Completed Transfer Candidate Form for all colleges attended
  • Verifying your current enrollment as an EOF student – EOF Transfer Verification Form (PDF)
  • Official High School transcript
    (if transferring with less than 45 college credits)

Financial Eligibility Requirement

Financial eligibility requirements for EOF consideration are determined by the State of New Jersey’s Commission of Higher Education and are the same for all EOF Programs in New Jersey.
Freshman Financial Requirements are based on the total number in household and total family income. Total income includes wages from work, non-taxable income and all assets and change annually. The sample chart below is an example of requirements for EOF Freshmen beginning Fall 2017.

Total Household Number Maximum Income Allowed
1 $23,760
2 $32,040
3 $40,320
4 $48,600

Add $8,320 for each additional member of household

Financial eligibility for transfer applicants is determined by the information provided on the applicant’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Transfer applicants must be an EOF student at their current institution in order to qualify as an EOF Transfer.

Additional Financial Assistance


Every entering freshmen class must attend the Pre-Freshman Summer Studies Program. This 6-week program allows for incoming freshmen to earn up to eight college credits, live on campus and begin their college career before the start of the fall semester. All costs of attending the Pre-Freshmen Summer Program are covered by the EOF Program, including tuition, fees, room, board and books.


Students who successfully complete the mandatory Pre-Freshmen Summer Studies Program with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to receive a 2-year funding package that would include  the federal Pell Grant, NJ Tuition Aid Grant, the NJ EOF State Grant, a subsidized student loan and an institutional grant. This package covers the cost of attendance (tuition, fees, campus housing and meal plan) as well as the cost of textbooks for the fall and spring semesters of the freshmen year. Those students who maintain at least a 2.5 GPA for the fall and spring semester of their freshmen year are awarded a $5000 institutional grant to their federal and state grants in the second year.


After the first year, EOF students can look to additional scholarship opportunities offered by Ramapo College for all eligible Ramapo students.
Ramapo College offers a number of scholarship opportunities. Provost Scholarships and General Scholarships are available for continuing students. Provost Scholarships are for continuing students with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. There are also a number of General Scholarships provided by organizations, corporations, alumni and friends of the College that are added throughout the year. To see current scholarship opportunities for continuing Ramapo students, visit the Scholarships page on the Financial Aid website.


Our EOF Program takes special interest in helping students pursue experiential opportunities such as Study Abroad, National Student Exchange or domestic and international cooperative education programs as well as assisting those Ramapo EOF students who want to take courses during the summer session.

Students can also apply for awards which cover courses/career related activities including professional educational events, conferences, or enrollment fees as well as graduate school related fees such as application fees, entrance exam and test prep course fees. EOF students interested in these financial assistance opportunities should contact the EOF Office for more information. Additional financial assistance is based on availability of funds.