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For Parents

As a parent, you play an integral role in your child’s academic and social development. You lay the foundation for their future. If you’d like to learn more about how Cal-SOAP can help your child(ren) thrive, please contact us directly to learn more about what we offer.

Here are some additional resources you can use to help your child(ren) thrive in school, work, and life.


  1. Set high expectations.
  2. Meet with your child and their college counselor in high school.
  3. Get involved in the application process.
  4. Encourage and support your child during their senior year of high school and first year of college.


  1. Share the application and selection process with your family.
  2. Determine what help you will need during your senior year.
  3. Seek support from your family, school, and community to reach your goals.
  4. Allow for mistakes; they are part of the learning process.


Federal Student Aid (FSA)

FSA gives parents the information they need to save for college, learn about financial aid, and help their child complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FSA also provides in depth resources on college and financial aid in both English and Spanish.  


  • College and career exploration
  • College admissions assistance
  • Family college knowledge
  • Family financial aid nights and financial literacy
  • Cash for College Campaign (regional initiative)
  • Financial aid and scholarship application assistance