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.
UPDATED: January 22, 2020
- On January 21, 2021, the Commission approved funding for eleven CSA groups. Click to view final CSA grant awards.
- The application period is closed. CSAC is no longer accepting grant applications.
The Child Savings Account Grant Program (CSA Grant Program) was enacted in the 2019-20 State Budget (Education Code Sections 70115-70115.2, added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 53, Sec.
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:
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.