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Cal-SOAP Raises Financial Aid Awareness with New Video Series & Virtual Cash for College Workshops

The EPC’s Cal-SOAP (California Student Opportunity and Access Program) is raising financial aid awareness by launching a new video campaign in collaboration with Study Smart Tutors, and by working with local Bay Area partners to transition this year’s California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) Cash For College workshop series into a virtual format.

The video series, available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, provides students with important information about how they can secure financial aid, dispels common myths about the availability of financial aid, and highlights the benefits of Cal-SOAP and how students can become involved.

Check out: San José Cal-SOAP TV on YouTube!

Watch: Welcome to San José Cal-SOAP!

Watch: Learn About Financial Aid Myths!


Coordinated by the San José Cal-SOAP Consortium, Cash for College occurs between October and March of each year. These free financial aid application completion workshops take place across Santa Clara County as part of a statewide campaign to increase college affordability and access to financial aid programs. Cash for College workshops provide assistance to high school seniors and their families as they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or CA Dream Act Application (CADAA), to meet the March 2nd priority deadline. Assistance in multiple languages is available.

This year Cash For College has moved online, taking place over Zoom and Webex, in a variety of presentation and one-on-one workshop models. Students from multiple school districts are able to register to attend any number of upcoming Cash for College workshops and receive assistance from college financial aid experts, high school counselors, and college access professionals. Students and families can register at any time using the link below, and can also access valuable college and financial aid resources by visiting San José Cal-SOAP’s College Success Hub site.

Register for a Cash For College workshop!

Access financial aid resources for students at the College Success Hub!

For more information about upcoming San José Cal-SOAP events, check us out on Facebook and Instagram at @sanjosecalsoap!

For information about other financial aid workshops offered by EPC programs such as GEAR UP, EAOP and MESA, please connect with the staff member from our programs at your school and/or with your school counselor.