California Student Opportunity and Access Program (CalSOAP)

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Cal-SOAP is a vital component in California's effort to build an educated workforce for the 21st century by providing college, career, and financial aid assistance to traditionally non-college going students. 

The program was established by the California Legislature in 1978 and is administered by the CALIFORNIA STUDENT AID COMMISSION. Statewide projects support the Commission’s objective “to make education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians”. The projects sustain and enhance the work of K-12, college and university partners and increase the value and reach of other important federal and state college preparation programs. 


Cal-SOAP communicates important information about financial aid, postsecondary opportunities and career technical education. Through tutoring programs and outreach efforts, projects have raised the achievement levels of low-income elementary and secondary students from geographic regions with documented low-eligibility or college participation rates, and who may be the first in their family to attend college. Cal-SOAP projects provide:

  • Academic tutoring
  • Peer mentoring
  • College and career advisement
  • College access and admissions counseling
  • SAT/ACT test preparation
  • College tours
  • Financial aid workshops and grants. 

A few facts about CalSOAP: 

  • Cal-SOAP is SUCCESSFUL: Over 80% of our students attend college each year. 

  • Cal-SOAP is present in over 300 elementary, middle and high schools across the state.  

    • Cal-SOAP projects are based in 15 regions serving 27 counties: Central Coast (Santa Maria), Central Valley (San Joaquin), East Bay (Oakland and Richmond), Greater Long Beach Region, Los Angeles, Merced County, North Coast (Eureka), Sacramento, San Diego/Imperial Counties, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Solano, South County Gilroy and South San Joaquin (Bakersfield). 

  • Cal-SOAP’s strength is its partnerships with all education segments, including: 

    • 126 public school districts, 9 of the 10 general campuses of the University of California; 18 of the 23 campuses of the California State University; 42 of the state’s 112 California Community Colleges; 16 campuses of the 77 Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities members; and 53 community-based organizations. 

  • Cal-SOAP leverages over $15 million in federal investments, doubling the state's investment.


    • At least 30% of each project’s budget is set aside for the stipends of college students who serve as positive role models and provide college and career counseling, tutoring  and mentoring. 

  • Cal-SOAP projects work with their communities and partners to augment limited resources.  

  • Cal-SOAP Scholarship Awards: Since 2006, several projects have awarded more than $10 million in scholarships with the support of funding and partnership with College Access Foundation of California. 

Beyond Foster Care: Need for Services Beyond the Age of 21

This survey is for California former foster, Independent Living Program (ILP) eligible probation, and dual status youth ages 22 to 35. The purpose of the study is to explore the experiences and need for services of California former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth who are between the ages of 22 and 35. Participation in the study would last about 20 to 35 minutes. You may choose to withdraw your participation at any time. Your answers will be confidential. The information will be kept in a secure database with no identifying information for the duration of the study. 

The findings of this study will be used to provide suggestions for programs and services that will improve long-term outcomes for former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth. 

Visit this link in order to complete the survey! 


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