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Central Valley-California Student Opportunity & Access Program (Cal-SOAP) 

The mission of Cal-SOAP is to educate, empower and encourage students and their families to access all opportunities to higher education. Cal-SOAP aims to raise the academic achievement and college/university enrollment levels of students from low-income thresholds, elementary and secondary schools, geographic regions with documented low-eligibility and/or college participation rates, and students who are first in their families to attend college.

Our vision encompasses a very strong collaborative effort with our partners to insure students’ success through services such as: academic tutoring; advisement; college and test preparation, financial aid, scholarships, transferring, loan workshops, and college campus field trips.

Cal-SOAP currently provides student and parent support services in the Kerman, Mendota, Firebaugh and Golden Plains Unified School Districts.

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Attention High School Seniors and Current College Students...

New Financial Aid Opportunity!

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Cal Grant Program and The Middle Class Scholarship

Increasingly, students from middle class families have also been priced out of college. To help these families, the Legislature enacted the Middle Class Scholarship in 2013.

Both Cal Grants and the Middle Class Scholarship are only available by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at or the CA Dream Act Application at

Remember, you won't be eligible for the money unless you fill out the application and meet the March 2, 2015 deadline.

Need help filling out the Application?

In 2013 nearly 7 out of 10 Cash for College Workshop attendees received state or federal financial aid.

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10 Things You Need To Know About The Middle Class Scholarship