Special Circumstance Applicants

Students who apply to the program and are deemed Special Circumstance are invited to apply for the 2024-2025 academic year in June. These students will receive an email with a link to the Special Circumstance application. The deadline to submit this application will be June 14th at 11:59pm

* Reminder - Students MUST apply to the general application in order to receive the link to the Special Circumstance application.

To determine if you are a Special Circumstance student, please 'click' on the How to Apply tab and review section Eligibility. If you have any questions, please contact our office via phone, text, or email.


Contact Us

(714) 432-6835

Watson Hall Rm 433

What is Guardian Scholars

The Guardian Scholars Program at Orange Coast College is a comprehensive campus support program for students with system affiliation (aka lived experience in the Foster Care and/or Juvenile Justice Systems, as well as those who have experienced similar barriers and challenges).

We provide specialized services and support that includes but is not limited to:

  • college on-boarding (application, financial aid, registration, etc.)
  • financial resources (textbook awards, fee payment, transportation assistance, emergency grants, etc.)
  • academic counseling (major exploration, student education plan, transfer, etc.)
  • academic advising/individualized goal setting and case management (navigating college, financial literacy/budgeting, housing, employment, etc.)
  • community connection and support


  1. Resided in out-of-home placement (i.e., foster care and/or juvenile justice system) on or after 13th birthday* 
  2. Age 30 or younger at the start of the academic year in which the student applies 
  3. Enrolled (or planning to enroll) in at least one unit at Orange Coast College
*A special circumstance supplemental application is available to students that were not formally in care or were under age 13