Providing Hope for Working Families

Attending college is hard as it is. If you are studying at Southwestern College, have a family at home, and are eligible, the California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program provides financial assistance to help make sure you can succeed in the classroom — and at home.

Virtual Chat

We are here to support each of our student’s needs. Chat live on Cranium Café by finding an online staff member below. To learn more, visit the Virtual Welcome Center. Our student service specialists have their hours of availability listed on their profile cards. If a team member's hours are not reflective of their availability, they are likely supporting another student. We give each of our students the individual attention and time they deserve. Thank you for your patience.

Enter the CalWORKs lobby

CalWORKs Eligibility

In order to be eligible for CalWORKs services, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Must be a Southwestern College student
  2. Participant must be receiving CalWORKs cash aid


* You have the option to volunteer for WTW in order to receive county-provided supportive services. You will not be held to the weekly participation hours requirement. However, you will still need to turn in a 116 form every month to show the hours that you completed. To volunteer, you must either call ACCESS (1-866-262-9881) or go to a Family Resource Center to make the request. You will then be referred to a WTW contractor (PCG or EquusWorks) for orientation and assignment of a worker. The WTW contractor will then take care of all of your supportive services.