October 8, 2004

The Annual Cal-Soap College Fair

College Knowledge For Those in Need

For over 25 years, the California Student Opportunity and Access Program has provided low-income members of the San Diego community with information about college education and financial aid. Cal-SOAP continues this tradition by hosting its annual College Fair. The Tuesday, October 19, 2004, event will take place at the Scottish Rite Center in San Diego, and will be open to all San Diego and Imperial County students and their parents.

The program’s chief organizers feel that this year’s event comes at a critical moment in the lives of Californians – especially those with less-than-average incomes. “We’re in the midst of the largest budget crisis in the history of the state,” says Linda Doughty, San Diego and Imperial Counties Cal-SOAP Director. “Considering the status of California’s economy, there has never been a time where Californians in need have needed to take advantage of postsecondary educational and financial aid opportunities as much as right now.”

The program of events is a departure from the typical college fair: It includes informational breakout sessions that specifically address the needs of low-income families in San Diego. Primary topics of discussion include applying for financial aid and undertaking the transfer process from California Community Colleges to four-year schools. Additionally, more than 100 local, state, and national universities and colleges will have representatives on site to answer questions about various interests including admission requirements, costs, required tests, and much more.

The event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Center: 1895 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108. Both admission and parking are free of charge.

For further information, contact the California Student Opportunity and Access Program at 760.891.0417 or elameire@ucsd.edu.

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