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.
The 2024-25 FAFSA and CADAA have been delayed. Typically the application opens on October 1 every year. 2024-25 applications will not open until December 2023. The state priority deadline for 2024-25 has been extended from March 2, 2023 to April 2, 2023.