EOF Proposed Amendements: Comments Requested

Please be advised that the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Board of Directors has proposed amendments to the Educational Opportunity Fund Administrative Procedures and Policies rules at N.J.A.C. 9A:11-2.8, 5.4, & 6.1.

The proposed amendments to the EOF rules at N.J.A.C. 9A:11-2.8, 5.4 & 6.1 will allow the EOF Board of Directors to permit high school students who participate in either a dual enrollment program or an advanced college preparatory program (where the student has earned either an associate’s degree or 24 or more college credits as part of their completion requirements to earn a high school diploma) to eligible for participation in the EOF pre-first year summer program and to realign the EOF funding priority consideration for students who participated within a dual enrolment program or an advanced college preparatory program. Additionally, pursuant to section 1 of P.L. 2018, c. 144 (N.J.S.A. 18A:3B-78), the proposed amendments to N.J.A.C. 9A:11-2.8 have been proposed to bring EOF regulations into alignment with the law that permits participating county colleges to award an EOF academic term grant to students who are enrolled in a three-plus-one program during the student’s third academic year of the program.

Full text of the proposed amendments can be found in the September 3, 2019 New Jersey Register or on the OSHE website under “Decisions and Rules”, labeled “Proposed Amendments to Educational Opportunity Fund Regulations N.J.A.C. 9A:11-2.8, 5.4, & 6.1.”

Comments must be submitted by November 2, 2019 to:

Dr. Hasani Carter
EOF Executive Director
Office of the Secretary of Higher Education
P.O. Box 542
Trenton, NJ 08625-0542

or via email: hasani.carter@oshe.nj.gov

Assistant Director of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Position

The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) seeks an experienced higher education professional who can serve as the Assistant Director of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF). The EOF Assistant Director will report directly to the EOF Executive Director and will work collaboratively with the rest of the EOF team and OSHE agency to ensure that the mission and identified goals of the office are executed and achieved.

Read the full job description (PDF).

Applications are due by September 27, 2019.

Christine A. Zuzack

Ms. Zuzack spent 39 years in active roles in student financial aid administration. She retired in 2017 from her post at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) where she served as Vice President, State Grant and Special Programs for 11 years. Previous to her years at PHEAA, Ms. Zuzack was a financial aid administrator at the Community College of Allegheny County and financial aid director at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Zuzack served as President of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (PASFAA) from 1994-1995 and as President of the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (EASFAA) from 2003-2004. Additionally, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) from 2003-2005 and served on two NASFAA Executive Committees. She also served on the federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (ACSFA) Higher Education Regulatory Study (HERS) as a panelist. Most recently, Ms. Zuzack served as President of the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP). Recognized for her leadership in financial aid administration, Ms. Zuzack has received both the PASFAA and EASFAA Distinguished Service Awards, PASFAA Lifetime Membership Award, EASFAA Leadership Award, EASFAA Volunteer Award, and NASFAA Leadership Award. Ms. Zuzack holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Grove City College and two Master’s Degrees, one in Clinical/Community Psychology and one in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has completed her coursework for a doctorate in Adult Education at the Pennsylvania State University and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Areas of expertise: Student Financial Aid, Strategic Planning, Legislative Advocacy

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