Apply to Guardian Scholars

For specific information about Guardian Scholars, please contact:

Crystal M. Cooper


Download a copy of our brochure [PDF]


  • Highly motivated students who have recently emancipated from foster care or are orphaned and certified homeless by the Financial Aid Office
  • Incoming freshmen or transfer students who meet SJSU's eligibility criteria for admission (Calstate Apply)
  • Admitted to the SJSU Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) 
  • Complete the SJSU EOP Guardian Scholars Supplemental Application by the deadline of May 1
  • Considered "Independent" under federal financial aid guidelines
  • California Resident
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Under the age of 27
  • FAFSA financial aid application completed by the required filing date (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Application Procedures

  • Apply to SJSU when using Calstate Apply.
  • EOP will e-mail you the SJSU Guardian Scholar Application in April.
  • Priority deadline for returning the SJSU Guardian Scholar application with foster youth documentation is May 1.
  • Once the Guardian Scholars Application is completed, you will be provided with information on scholarship opportunities.
  • Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online at by March 2.