Apply to Guardian Scholars


To be eligible for the Guardian Scholars program, you must be:

  • Admitted to SJSU and to the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
  • Under the age of 27 at time of acceptance to the EOP program
  • A highly motivated student planning to apply to SJSU who was in foster care, ward of the court, under legal guardianship, have recently been emancipated from foster care, or a minor that is certified homeless by the Financial Aid Office
  • A US Citizen or permanent resident
  • A California Resident

 Application Procedures

  1. Apply to SJSU and the Educational Opportunity Program by November 30 for a Fall term via Cal State Apply.
  2. Complete the FAFSA online by January 31 (as part of the EOP application process).
  3. Students must be admitted to EOP prior to applying to GSP.
  4. Students accepted to EOP will be invited to apply to GSP.
  5. The GSP APPLICATION for Fall 2020 will be open May 1 - June 15, 2020.
  6. New Fall 2020 SJSU admits will be invited to apply for GSP.
  7. All documentation for Fall 2020 applicants (applications, essay, and documentation) is due by July 15, 2020, and should be emailed in PDF format to


Note: The Guardian Scholars Program only accepts applications from new SJSU EOP students at the time of university admission. 

Please send email to if you have any questions.