Helping Students Attend College Since 2000

What is Cal-SOAP?

The California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) is a statewide program designed to increase the number of students attending college. The program serves students that are from low-income families, will be the first in their family to attend college, or are from areas or schools with low-eligibility or college-going rates. Cal-SOAP was established by the state legislature in 1978 and today operates projects in 14 locations throughout the state. Cal-SOAP is funded and administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).



The mission of the Southern San Joaquin Valley Cal-SOAP Consortium is to provide academic support, advisement and access to information about postsecondary education and financial aid to students who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • first in their family to attend college
  • come from a low socio-economic family
  • live in a geographic area with low college-going rates

Other 14 Cal-SOAP Programs in California

Southern San Joaquin Valley Cal-SOAP Consortium 

The Southern San Joaquin Valley Cal-SOAP Consortium was established in 2000 and serves approximately 14,000 students at schools in Kern, Santa Barbara, and San Bernardino Counties. We also help organize several college outreach events for all Kern County students. The partners comprising our consortium include the following:

High Schools

Arvin High School Mira Monte High School
Bakersfield High School Shafter High School
Foothill High School South High School
Frazier Mt. High School Taft Union High School
Golden Valley High School Tehachapi High School
Highland High School Trona High School
Kern Valley High School West High School
Maricopa High School

Elementary & Feeder Middle School Districts

Arvin Union School District Bakersfield City School District
Buttonwillow Union School District Caliente Union School District
Cuyama Joint Unified School District Delano Union School District
Di Giorgio School District Edision Elementary School District
El Tejon Unified School District Fairfax School District
Kernville Union School District Lamont School District
Maricopa Unified School District McFarland Unified School District
South Fork Union School District Southern Kern Unified School District
Taft Union High School District Tehachapi Unified School District
Trona Joint Unified School District Wasco Union Elementary School District

Community Colleges

Bakersfield College Cerro Coso College
Taft College

Public Universities

California State University, Bakersfield University of California, Merced

Private Universities

University of La Verne, Kern County Campus

District Office

Kern High School District

Other Agencies


CSU Early Assessment Program

GEAR UP Migrant Region V

Southern San Joaquin Valley Cal-SOAP

Mail Stop: 70 LOR
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, California 93311-1022

Phone: (661) 654-6157
Fax: (661) 654-6521
Office: Lorien Building