About EOP

Our Mission

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is a state sponsored program that helps low-income New Jersey residents attend college. The program was created in 1969 to make higher education more accessible to students who may normally be denied an education due to academic preparation, financial resources, or the absence of sufficient guidance to aspire to higher educational goals.

What is EOP?

EOP is an academic support program with financial aid assistance. Students are admitted into the program when they have demonstrated academic readiness, academic potential, determination, a genuine desire to learn and a need for financial assistance. Students receiving an EOP grant may be eligible for other state and federal grants.

The program provides a comprehensive and quality academic experience designed to enhance students’ persistence, which leads to graduation. The diverse group of people that EOP brings to Rider University (Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses) is vital to an academic community attempting to find solutions to economic and social problems.

The Educational Opportunity Program is based on a successful learning community model. Our program exhibits a strong sense of commitment to meet the needs of individual students. The program has an intense cooperation among staff, faculty, and administration with many student directed activities. The goal of EOP is two: to empower students to become well rounded leaders with the skills necessary for responsible citizenship in a changing world and to encourage students to make a positive impact on Rider University and the greater community.

For more than 30 years, the Educational Opportunity Fund has been providing ACCESS through EXCELLENCE, enabling deserving students to obtain a college education.

Our Services

  • Financial Assistance
  • Tutoring
  • Academic Counseling
  • Personal Counseling
  • Career Guidance
  • Leadership Development Training
  • Peer Mentoring

Please make sure you review the EOP Eligibility page before submitting your application.