FAQ

What is CalWorks?

CalWORKs is the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program. It provides cash aid, employment services, and other benefits to needy families.

CalWORKs may also be referred to as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which is the name for the federal program that funds CalWORKs. Some people may simply call CalWORKs "Welfare".

We refer to CalWORKs recipients as receiving cash aid/welfare on our website so as not to confuse cash aid through CalWORKs with financial aid offered by the college.

Who is eligible for CalWORKs?

Eligibility requirements for cash aid/welfare include having dependent children, a low income and other requirements that are described by the HSA.

You may also go here for more general questions about CalWORKs.

What is the CalWORKs Program at City College of San Francisco?

The CalWORKs Program at City College is here for CalWORKs cash aid/welfare recipients who have education as their designated Welfare-to-Work activity. We work closely with the HSA and on-campus services to support participants with their academic studies and financial needs.

What is the difference between CalWORKs, EOPS, and CARE?

Both CalWORKS and EOPS are CCSF programs which support low income students.  

Eligibility requirements for CalWORKs and EOPs are different. CalWORKs students must be parents or guardians, and they and their children must be receiving cash aid/welfare. They must also have an approved County Welfare to Work Plan, fulfill work participation requirements, and can take both credit and non-credit classes.

CARE is a program for EOPS participants who are on CalWORKs.  CARE provides additional resources to this group of students.

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