Welcome to North Coast Cal-SOAP!


The Northcoast Cal-SOAP Consortium provides academic tutoring and college advisement to low-income and first-generation students who have the potential to succeed in post-secondary education. Our programs range from in-class tutoring and workshops on financial aid and how to apply for college, to college tours and college and career fairs.

Specifically, the goals of the Northcoast Cal-SOAP Consortium are to:

  • To increase the number of students with historically low college eligibility and attendance rates who are academically prepared to attend postsecondary institutions;
  • To increase the amount of knowledge among designated students and their parents concerning postsecondary opportunities, preparation and admissions criteria and procedures, as well as financial aid sources and application procedures;
  • To help students explore, develop and clarify career interests, requirements and opportunities; and better understand the relationship between postsecondary education and future career aspirations.

Overall, Northcoast Cal-SOAP works strategically to provide the appropriate services to students enrolled in the Cal-SOAP program, thereby increasing their academic preparedness upon entering postsecondary education. As a result of these efforts the Northcoast Cal-SOAP Consortium is proud to report an 83% college going rate amongst students receiving these intensive services.

We believe that with the right knowledge and skills, college is more than just a dream, it’s a reality.

The Northcoast Cal-SOAP Consortium is one of 14 Cal-SOAP consortiums in California, each serving students in a specific geographical area of the state. ¬†Northcoast’s Cal-SOAP consortium consists of the Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE), middle and high schools where Cal-SOAP tutors are placed, Humboldt State University, College of the Redwoods, and community organizations/initiatives whose mission includes college access information and resources. Specific members of the consortium make up its governing board which makes decisions about the types of activities and services provided by the program. As the legal applicant, HCOE provides programmatic infrastructure and employs approximately 30 Academic & College Access Tutors, annually, to serve 7th-12th grade students in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.

Base funding for Cal-SOAP comes from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and is matched with contributions from local consortium partners.