Special Programs and Services

EOF and TRiO

•   Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program

Instituted and sponsored by the State of New Jersey in 1968, this is an academic support program providing access to higher education for students who show potential, but who need additional support services and financial aid to succeed academically. Students are selected for participation in the program based on documented financial need and potential for success.

The Educational Opportunity Fund program provides individual and group counseling, and tutorial services that are designed to support students’ academic programs. Leadership, and career workshops and extracurricular activities are provided within the resources of the EOF Program. Transfer counseling and assistance are provided for graduating EOF students. Eligible students may receive some financial assistance, if qualified.

All students accepted into the EOF Program must attend full-time, be pursuing a degree, be residents of the State of New Jersey for at least one year and meet all program requirements.

•   TRIO-Student Support Services (SSS) Program

The history of TRiO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to administration's War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services (SSS) which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960's, the term "TRiO" was coined to describe these three federal programs. The TRiO programs were the first national college access and retention programs to address the serious social and cultural barriers to education in America.

The SSS Program is an academic support program designed to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, or disabled students to graduate from college and to facilitate transfer to a four-year institution. The SSS Program serves 160 eligible students each academic year. SSS Program services include an eight-week summer transition program, academic advisement, personal coaching, career counseling, financial and economic literacy counseling, transfer planning, intensive monitoring of academic progress, financial aid planning, one-on-one unlimited tutoring, priority registration, individualized graduation and transfer planning, and social and enrichment activities. Eligible students may receive the following financial resources: grant aid, book vouchers and child care vouchers through the PCCC Child Care Center.

To be eligible to participate in the SSS Program, a student must:

  1. Demonstrate an academic need.
  2. Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or meet the residency requirement for federal student financial assistance.
  3. Meet the federal low-income eligibility guidelines.
  4. Meet and receive Federal Pell Grant eligibility guidelines.
  5. Be a first-generation student or have a documented disability.

The SSS Program accepts part-time and full-time applicants. Students may apply online at pccc.edu/studentss or email: sss@pccc.edu
The TRiO SSS offices are located in Rooms E202, E203, E204 and E206.

•  Admission Requirements for EOF and TRiO SSS

First-generation college students may be eligible to enroll in either the federally-funded Student Support Services (SSS) Program or the state-funded Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program. To apply, students must:

  • Be accepted to Passaic County Community College.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent can have a bachelor’s degree).
  • Apply for admission to the programs.  Full-time and part-time students may apply to SSS at pccc.edu/studentss and full-time students may find EOF application information at pccc.edu/prospective/paying-for-college/eof/admissions-and-eligibility-to-eof
  • Demonstrate an academic need for our services.
  • Meet the federal and/or state low-income guidelines.
  • Demonstrate motivation to graduate from PCCC and/or transfer to a four-year college or university as determined through an interview with a program counselor.

For additional information, email:  sss@pccc.edu or eof@pccc.edu.

•   Chi Alpha Epsilon

Chi Alpha Epsilon Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE) National Honor Society recognizes the academic achievements of students who have utilized or are enrolled in support services programs. Our members are committed to promoting high academic standards, fostering communication among members, and honoring the academic excellence of those students admitted through an opportunity program. Originally founded at West Chester University in Pennsylvania by Dr. E bert M. Saddler, there are now over 20 chapters in New Jersey. Passaic County Community College’s Chapter, Gamma Upsilon, was chartered in 2002. Membership is by invitation to opportunity program students who have earned a minimum of 24 credits with a GPA of 3.00 or higher for two (2) consecutive semester.