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 Table

Child Savings Account (CSA) Grant Program

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.


Cash for College
Statewide Cash for College Webinars

CSAC Cash For College Logo Do you need Cash for College? Join the California Student Aid Commission for our Statewide Cash for College Webinar! Learn about the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA) application and get your questions answered via the Cash for College hotline!

Have questions? Contact the Student Aid Commission email


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.