Apply to EOF in just 5 steps!

Before You Start

Follow the steps below if you are a first-year applicant and are a New Jersey DREAMer and meet the following criteria:

  • NOT a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (green card holder)
  • Attended a New Jersey high school for at least 3 years
  • Graduated/will graduate from a New Jersey high school or received/will receive the equivalent of a high school diploma in New Jersey
  • Registered for Selective Service (male students only)
  • Are able to file an affidavit stating that you have filed an application to legalize your immigration status or will file an application as soon as you are eligible to do so

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What You Need

First things first, find out if your family filed taxes for 2018. You will need the appropriate documents to fill out the EOF application. These documents may also be requested to determine or confirm your eligibility for the EOF program.

Filed Taxes

You Will Need

  • Copy of your and/or your family’s 2018 federal tax returns with all schedules and worksheets

Note: Be sure to get both parents' tax returns if they were still married or living together in 2018

Where to Get It

Did Not File Taxes

You Will Need

You will need to show all sources of income for your household for 2018. Some examples include:

  • W-2 statements if you and/or your parents worked but did not/will not file taxes; Form 1099-G if you and/or your parents received unemployment benefits; or a non-filer statement from the IRS
  • Public Assistance Statements (Welfare, Temporary Assistance Needy Families (TANF), SNAP (formally food stamps), WIC, or Housing Assistance)
  • Child Support, Pension, Disability, or Veteran Benefits Statement(s)

Where to Get It

Sample Tax Form

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The highlighted sections on this sample tax form are the sections you will refer to when completing your EOF application.

Sample IRS 1040 Tax Return

Application Sample

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See information from the sample tax return transferred to an EOF application.

Sample EOF Application

How to Apply for EOF


Apply to Rutgers

Apply for undergraduate admission to Rutgers. The application fee is deferred when you indicate on the application you are potentially eligible for EOF.

Submit the Additional EOF Application (first-year applicants only)

The information on the EOF application is used to make a preliminary determination of your eligibility for the EOF program.

Submit the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application (NJAFAA)

December 1 is the priority date for financial aid application submission.

Submit the Rutgers Application and Affidavit for Nonresident Rutgers Tuition Exemption

Complete and submit this form that declares having filed an application to legalize immigration status or will file an application as soon as eligible to do so. Send this form with an official high school transcript to the appropriate admissions office.

Set Up an Account for the New Jersey Financial Aid Management System (NJFAMS)

You must monitor this account throughout the academic year for status updates and document requests from the NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESSA) for state aid eligibility.
The School of Arts and Sciences EOF program has been tremendously helpful. They provided emotional, social, academic and financial support. The Summer Institute helped me make new friends – who I now consider family.
Bryan M.
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