Outreach/Community Programs


California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP)

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-eligibility or college participation rates, and who are first in their families to attend college.


Child Savings Account (CSA) Grant Program

UPDATED: October 19, 2020
  • The CSA Grant Program Request for Applications is now open. Please scroll down to view the application files. Deadline to submit application is November 20, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. PST.
  • Recording of the Technical Assistance Webinar and PowerPoint presentation slides are now available.

Every Kid Counts
Every Kid Counts College Savings Account Grant Program

The Every Kid Counts College Savings Program provides local and regional organizations with funds to match investment in or incentives for individual family college savings accounts, establishes outreach efforts to educate families about local college savings accounts, and supports the development of best practices of short- and long-term college savings programs.

The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) is no longer accepting grant applications.

On March 21, 2019, the Commission approved funding for the following entities:


Cash for College

Workshop Information

Our mission is to help low-income and first generation college-goers complete the application process so they can access financial aid for education and career/technical training beyond high school.

Starting October 1 through June 30, students and families can attend FREE Cash for College workshops across California for help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CADAA) and Chafee Grant for Foster Youth applications.


Steps to College

The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) announces the annual Steps to College Event hosted by the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento.

Steps to College is a Northern California university fair featuring colleges and universities, college advising, and financial aid workshops, all of which are available in a bilingual setting.