To be eligible for ASPIRE Program services, federal guidelines dictate that students must meet at least one of the following requirements:
- Low income https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html
- First generation in college (neither parent has a four-year degree from a U.S. granting institution)
- Have a learning or physical disability and are registered with AEC http://www.sjsu.edu/aec/
Students must also demonstrate a need for the services.