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.


Every Kid Counts
Every Kid Counts College Savings Account Grant Program

The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) is accepting grant applications from qualifying entities, including California local government agencies or other entities, that sponsor or administer programs that incentivize families with children to open and maintain college savings accounts. These programs must have been in operation or development on or before December 31, 2018. 

See the Request for Applications at the following link: Every Kid Counts College Savings Program


Cash for College

Workshop Information

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.

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.


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.