Cal-SOAP Core Programs and Initiatives

The mission of Cash for College is a state wide campaign to assist low-income and First Generation College bound students complete the application process so they can access Financial Aid for education career/technical training beyond high school.

Cash For College workshops are free and are held during the months of January and February across California to help fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the GPA Verification Form required for Cal Grants. Assistance is provided one-on-one by Financial Aid experts.

Most workshops provide help in Spanish and other languages depending on the needs of communities, and some may provide volunteer income tax assistance for low-income parents.

To find out more about when and where workshops will be held in your area please visit the Cal Grant website.


Career Technical Education (CTE) Awareness

Career Technical Education (CTE) brings students, educators and employers to develop and strengthen the relationship between what's being taught in the classroom and its application in the workplace. Its programs prepare students with 21st-century skills.

  • CTE is made up of 15 industry sectors, which include 58 career pathways related to all occupations.
  • A series of courses grouped together integrate academic and technical training to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.
  • Some CTE classes stand alone, and others are found in California Partnership Academies, Multiple Pathway programs or Regional Occupational Programs.
  • CTE engages students, increases attendance and graduation rates, helps close the achievement gap, and raises grades.

What is CTE all about?


College: Making It Happen! (CMIH)
College: Making it Happen is a program whose mission is to disseminate information regarding the academic and financial planning that students and parents must embark on to increase postsecondary educational options available to students. The purpose of CMIH is to encourage parents and students to take an active role in planning for postsecondary education. Through the CMIH activities students and parents will obtain the necessary tools to move forward in their academic careers.

Some examples of College: Making It Happen! Activities include:

  • Classroom Presentations
  • School Assemblies
  • Student and Parent Conferences
  • Parent Involvement Workshops

English CMIH Information

Spanish CMIH Information


Transfer: Making it Happen program provides Community College and transfer information to high school students headed to Community College. The purpose of TMIH is to assist students in their academic and financial planning, as well as resources to help them be successful at Community College in order to transfer to a Four-year institution in a timely and successful manner. Students will be given general advising, mentoring and academic support through tutoring, workshops, college visits and/or presentations.

Key elements of TMIH:

  • Financial Aid planning
  • College Application Process
  • Enrollment in Community College Support Programs
  • Placement Test
  • Community College Orientation
  • Community College Follow Up

Transfer to UC

Transfer Partnership Program (TPP)








An Academic Preparation Program of the California Student Aid Commission