Almost anyone, regardless of income, qualifies for financial assistance. Students and their parents are encouraged to attend a Cash for College online workshop to complete their financial aid or Dream Act Application.
Central Coast Cal-SOAP Consortium
The California Student Opportunity and Access Program, or Cal-SOAP, is a statewide program designed to increase the number of students attending college. The program serves high school and community college students who:
- Are from low-income families.
- Will be the first in their family to attend college.
- Are from areas or schools with low-eligibility or college participation rates.
The goal of the program is to advise, motivate and inform students regarding college admissions and financial aid information. To achieve this goal, Cal-SOAP offers free tutoring and financial aid services to students within the target population.
The Central Coast Cal-SOAP Consortium was established in 2001 and serves students in five school districts and two community colleges in North Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. Central Coast Cal-SOAP is part of 15 consortia throughout California serving over 150,000 students. It is one of the largest outreach programs of its kind in California.
By building collaborative relationships with federal, state, and local sponsors, Cal-SOAP is working to increase the number of students who take advantage of postsecondary opportunities.