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Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)

About EOF @ MCCC

Mercer County Community College
A vital college, engaged with its community, and dedicated above all else
to student success.

EOF Vision
The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) cultivates the academic and social development of its participants.

Mission Statement
As educators, EOF professionals develop and implement academic support services at Mercer County Community College. The program recruits and admits students who demonstrate desire, motivation and potential for success in college, who meet state and/or federal participant guidelines.

MCCC Moving You Forward

Why Choose Mercer?

There are many advantages to choosing Mercer County Community College:

  • Mercer is close to home.
  • Mercer is less expensive than other colleges.
  • At Mercer, students come first. Classes are small; you'll get clear answers to all of your questions.
  • In your first year of study you'll find many opportunitites to get involved in student clubs and organizations. These opportunities for leadership and socilization will help you in your transfer to a four-year college or in your career.


  • Advisement
  • Counseling
  • Tutorial Services
  • Mentoring
  • Supplemental Instruction
  • Freshman Seminar
  • Cultural/Educational Enrichment Activities
  • College Tours
  • Career Exploration
  • Grants/Scholarships

What is EOF?

EOF (The Educational Opportunity Fund) is a comprehensive program committed to fostering the academic and social development of students. EOF develops and implements programs, activities, and practices that promote student success such as the First-Year Experience (FYE) programs which includes Entering Student Assessment, Peer Mentoring, and the Pre-Freshman Summer Academy. EOF assists eligible low-income New Jersey residents to attend college, assists participants in developing attitudes, skills, and abilities that enable them to achieve their educational goals. We believe that going to college is not just about earning a degree, but about evolving into a well-informed and well-rounded individual. We seek students who understand that with education comes great responsibility to our communities, our world, and ourselves.

EOF set the pace for many initiatives which today are widely incorporated into college life. Among the many powerful strategies implemented by EOF are pre-college articulation, basic skills testing and remediation, systematic retention efforts, peer counseling and peer tutoring, academic support courses, multicultural curricula and human relations programming, student leadership development, and outcomes-based program evaluation.


Educational Opportunity Fund

The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) is one of the nation's most comprehensive and successful state-supported efforts to provide access to higher education for economically and educationally disadvantaged students. The EOF assists low-income residents who are capable and motivated but lack adequate preparation for college study. he mission of Mercer's EOF program is to recruit students who, despite a background of historical poverty and poor academic preparation, exhibit the potential, motivation and desire to excel in a challenging and supportive educational environment. EOF will help those students develop skills and abilities that prepare them to persist toward associate degrees and/or certificate and to continue on to achieve their academic, personal, and career goals. Moreover, EOF will encourage and help students to become leaders on campus and in their communities and to join the workforce as capable, productive citizens who contribute to our culturally diverse and technological world.

EOF & You

EOF professionals assist students with developing educational plans that are compatible with their life goals; they advise students on how best to adjust to the academic and social demands likely to be countered while attending college. While the primary emphasis is on the development of students' intellectual skills and habits, efforts are also made to increase confidece, develop social skills and broaden horizons. The EOF community fully engages scholars in curricular and co-curricular experiences ultimately producing active alumni dedicated to lifelong learning and global citizenship.

EOF Staff

Al-Lateef Farmer
EOF Director

Shana Burnett
Senior Administrative Specialist

Anijah Jackson
EOF Intake Specialist

Nandita Koppikar
EOF Student Advocate

Anna-Graciela Sameda
EOF Assistant Director of Enrollment and Eligibility

Diamond Thompson
EOF Retention Specialist

Charles Weatherspon
EOF Student Services Coordinator

Stefanie Williams
EOF Student Advocate

Eligibility Requirements

A student must...

Get Started Today!

Contact the Mercer EOF office located on the second floor of the Library building (LB) on the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road -- open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There you'll receive the information and application forms you'll need to get started. You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available at the Financial Aid office from your high school guidance counselor or online at

Come in for a visit, tour Mercer's facilities and discuss your future with a member of the EOF staff.

If you would like to apply for admission to EOF at Mercer, call the EOF office at (609) 570-3423, or write to us at:
     Mercer County Community College
     P.O. Box 17202
     Trenton, NJ 08690

Summer Study Opportunities

EOF Summer Academy

The EOF Summer Academy is a six-week intensive program designed to ease the academic, social, and emotional transition from high school to college. Students will earn degree credits (or move on to the next level of developmental courses), strengthen their academic basic skills, and become prepared for life as a successful college student.

The Summer Academy includes modular counseling courses designed to facilitate your academic, personal and professional growth and development. Orientation workshops vary from learning style development to time management. The Summer Academy gives you an opportunity to evaluate and address your individual strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, students will take part in leadership activities and an educational excursion.The aim of the Summer Academy is to ensure that students are better prepared to meet the rigorous academic and socio-emotional demands of Mercer County Community College in the fall.

Continuing Students

EOF students who are eligible for the EOF program can utilize EOF funding to take up to 4 credits during the summer towards completion of their associates degree or certificat program.

EOF Events / Calendar

Stay tuned for upcoming events!