History

 The California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) was established by the state legislature in 1978. Today, Cal-SOAP is instrumental in improving the flow of information about post-secondary education and financial aid as well as raising the achievement levels of low-income, elementary, and secondary school students residing in geographic regions with documented low-eligibility, college participation rates, and who are first in their families to attend college.

Cal-SOAP projects operate in 15 locations throughout California by consortia made up of secondary and post-secondary schools and community agencies. Cal-SOAP works in cooperation with other intersegmental outreach programs to avoid service duplication. Current Cal-SOAP projects include: Central Coast (Santa Maria), Central Valley (San Joaquin), East Bay (Oakland and Richmond), Long Beach, Los Angeles, Merced, North Coast (Eureka), Sacramento, San Diego/Imperial, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara, South County Gilroy, South San Joaquin, and Solano.

Funding

The Cal-SOAP program is administered and funded by the California Student Aid Commission. Individual projects apply each year for continued state funding. By law, each state allocation must be matched by an equal or higher level of local resources. For more information, please visit the CSAC website: http://www.csac.ca.gov/

Types of Services

Academic Activities such as classroom presentations on learning styles, academic tutoring and test preparation.

Advisement Activities such as providing process information to students or parents regarding financial aid awareness and/or accessing postsecondary opportunities. Advisement activities may also include college fairs, college tours, college application workshops, financial aid workshops, loan counseling, mentoring/advising or career exploration.

Outreach Activities include community events/meetings such as program orientations, open houses, career days, parent nights, etc.