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The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund was created by law 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. The Fund is distinctive in the comprehensiveness of its approach. To ensure the opportunity to attend college, the Fund provides supplemental financial aid to help cover college costs (such as books, fees, room and board) that are not covered by the state's Tuition Aid Grant program. To ensure a viable opportunity to succeed and graduate, the Fund supports a wide array of campus-based outreach and support services at 28 public and 13 independent institutions.
The Student Support Services (SSS) Program provides supplemental tutoring, counseling, remediation and other support services to disadvantaged college students. The aim of the Program is to increase rates of college retention and graduation among disadvantaged college students. Student Support Services (SSS) is a TRIO Program federally funded by the United States Department of Education designed to assist students.
The Program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with college requirements, and serves to motivate towards the successful completion of their post-secondary education. The goal of our Program is to increase college retention, increase graduation rates of its participants, and facilitate the process of transition from high school to a four–year college or university.
The Program is available to students participating in the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund Program who demonstrate academic need and are first-generation college students and/ or qualify as a low-income student (as determined by the U.S. Department of Education in the table below:
SSS sees the value in working collaboratively with other student services on campus. SSS participants will seek guidance and support from the Writing Center, the Rutgers Learning Center, the Career and Development Center, Psychological Services, Student Activities, P.A.L.S., and other student services to provide comprehensive support to address student needs.
Rutgers University-Newark is the proud leader in a new program to enhance the success of students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. The program will create a learning community in STEM that includes effective help with challenging classes, research opportunities, internships, employment opportunities, possible international experiences, possible financial aid for graduate school and career opportunities. The program extends well beyond the confines of Rutgers and is recognized nationally for its success in helping students graduate in STEM fields and continuing into rewarding careers. It has added greatly to the diversity of STEM fields.