SRA SOAR First-year Program Application [2022 - 2023]

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SRA SOAR First-year Program Application [2022 - 2023]

The SRA SOAR First-year Program engages college first-years to increase college persistence rates, graduation rates, and the obtainment of career-ladder jobs.
Applications for the Sophomore, Junior, and Senior SOAR Programs will be available in summer 2022.

Students in the SRA SOAR Program are matched with a virtual SRA advisor and placed in a small cohort of fellow first-years. Throughout the 11-month program from July 2022 - May 2023, students will participate in one or two virtual hangouts per month, which will guide students through topics like financial aid renewal, summer internship and job search, overcoming imposter syndrome, interviewing basics, and more!

This program requires a time commitment of ~1.5-3 hours per month from July 2022 - May 2023.
Dates and times of monthly virtual hangouts are to be determined. Applicants will submit availability after acceptance into the program.

March 14, 2022: SOAR Program application opens
June 10, 2022: Application DUE
Week of July 11, 2022: Programming begins!

Students entering their first year of college as a full-time student at an accredited two- or four-year college for the 2022-2023 school year is eligible to apply. Students in the SRA Rising Stars Program are not eligible to apply for the SOAR Program. 
Applications for the Sophomore, Junior, and Senior SOAR Programs will be available in summer 2022.

Each SOAR Scholar will be eligible to receive a total stipend of up to $600 upon fulfillment of program requirements ($100 at the end of the summer session in August 2022, $250 at the end of fall semester in December 2022, $250 at the end of spring semester in May 2023).

Is this different from the Students Rising Above Rising Stars Program?
Yes. The SRA Rising Stars Program is a five-year program that accepts applications from high school juniors in March of each year. Current students in the SRA Rising Stars Program are NOT eligible to apply for the SOAR Program.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions page:
SRA SOAR FAQ or email

1. Personal Information
Student Personal Information

Please put your first name as it appears on your school transcripts.

Please put your last name as it appears on your school transcripts.

For example, if your name is Benjamin, but you go by Ben, write Ben here, and Benjamin above under Formal/Legal Name.

Example: she/her, they/them, etc.

Please ensure that this email address is one that you check regularly as you will receive important and time-sensitive communications about your SOAR Program application at this address.

2. Family Information
Student's Family Information

Refers to parents/guardians only, not siblings or extended family members.

If you filed FAFSA or CA Dream Act for the 2021-2022 school year, you should have received an EFC. Your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college, nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your school to calculate how much financial aid you are eligible to receive. IF YOU DID NOT FILE FAFSA OR CADA, please type "I did not apply for FAFSA/CADA for the 22-23 school year."

If you did not file FAFSA or CADA and do not have an SAR, please upload a blank PDF file.

Student's College Information

4. Personal Statement
Student's Personal Statement Section

5. Disclaimer
Disclaimer Section