Southern San Joaquin Valley Cal-SOAP strives towards ensuring that all eligible students within our schools and region have access to financial aid for post-secondary education. As part of this endeavor, we aim for having as many students as possible, regardless of their plans after high school, to complete either a FAFSA or CADAA during their senior year of high school to ensure the greatest opportunity for financial aid.
Cal Grants are one of the smartest ways to get cash for college. For starters, its money you don't have to pay back. If you're a graduating high school senior or recent graduate, meet academic, financial and eligibility requirements and submit two forms by the Cal Grant deadline, you may receive a Cal Grant!
Middle Class Scholarship
The Middle Class Scholarship (MSC) is a recently implemented program which you can receive financial aid from by completing the FAFSA or Dream Act. It can provide undergraduate student with a family income up to $165,000 a scholarship to attend a University of California (UC) or a California State University (CSU) campus. The requirements needed to be eligible for MCS are that the student must be: a California Resident attending a CSU or UC; be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have AB 540 student status; meet certain income and other financial aid standards; maintain a satisfactory academic progress; not be in default on a student loan; and must not be incarcerated.
As a note, the MSC is being phased in over the course of four years starting with the 2014-15 academic year. This means that the amount received will be small during the first years; however, its maximum award will increase up until the 2017-2018 academic year where it can be up to 40% of the mandatory system wide fees and tuition.
Cash for College
This is a statewide effort sponsored by the California Student Aid Commission and promoted by the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium as well as the colleges and universities in the San Joaquin Valley to encourage students to take advantage of the money that is available to help them finance their college education. As part of the campaign, Cash for College offers free workshops aimed at helping students and their parents successfully complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Grade Point Average Verification Form, which are necessary to apply for Cal Grants and other types of financial aid. Workshops are held in Kern County between October through March every year.