Mission Statment

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 postsecondary education and financial aid while raising the achievement levels of low-income elementary and secondary school students or geographic regions with documented low elgibility or college participation rates, and who are first in their families to attend college.

Today, Cal-SOAP projects operate in 17 locations throughout the state by consortia made up of secondary and postsecondary 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), North Valley (Yuba), Sacramento, San Diego and Imperial County, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Solano, South County Gilroy, and South San Joaquin.

Because each project specializes in serving students within its community, the type of programs and services may differ. However, the projects share the common goal of improving the flow of information about postsecondary education and financial aid while raising achievement levels of targeted students. Some common services provided by the consortia includes college and career advising, tutoring, parent involvement, and college awareness workshops.

Click here to view the San Jose Cal-SOAP Menu of Services

The Cal-SOAP program is administered by the California Student Aid Commission, with individual projects applying each year for continued state funding. By law, each state allocation must be matched by an equal or higher level of local resources.The Student Aid Commission is assisted in administration of the program by a 12-member, legislatively mandated advisory committee.

Cal-SOAP has extensive intersegmental participation, including:

- 126 public school districts, from the largest in the state to small, rural districts, plus individual high schools;
- Nine of the 10 campuses of the University of California system;
- 18 of the 23 campuses of the California State University system;
- 42 of the state's 109 California Community Colleges.
- 16 of the 77 Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities members; and;
- 53 community-based organizations.







An Academic Preparation Program of the California Student Aid Commission