Providing H.O.P.E. 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.

At Southwestern College, the CalWORKs program is referred to at H.O.P.E. — Home and Opportunity for Parents Education. And hope is what we try to provide.

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Read on to find out more about our services.

H.O.P.E. Eligibility

So, what type of support can you expect to find through our program? And who is eligible?

In order to be eligible for H.O.P.E. services, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Must be a Southwestern College student and be enrolled in classes
  2. Participant must be receiving CalWORKs cash aid
  3. Participant must have an open CalWORKs case
  4. A referral is required from a case manager

Some of our more popular services are work study, textbooks, and parking permits. Find out more below.

CalWORKs Forms

Services for Exempt Students

Are you receiving CalWORKs benefits and assigned an Exempt Status?

If funding permits, the Southwestern College CalWORKs program can provide supportive services to exempt students. All exempt students must have a declared major and a Student Education Plan (SEP) on file. A CW61 form for exemptions must be turned in to the CalWORKs program once a year.

Exempt student support services may include:

  • Books: After filling out an authorized book request form from the SWC CalWORKs office, you must allow 48 hours processing time. Books will be received at the Southwestern College Bookstore. After showing your book request to the cashier, the cost will be charged to the SWC CalWORKs program. You will be charged for anything that is not on your book request (required books or other required materials).
  • Parking Permit: You will be eligible for a free parking permit. Request your parking permit at the SWC CalWORKs office during your counseling appointment. You will be notified when the permit is ready to be picked up at the SWC police department.
  • Childcare: You must be attending SWC and your child must be attending the SWC Child Development Center. If you need other/additional assistance with childcare, you can consider volunteering for WTW.
  • Gas Cards: If funding permits, you will be eligible to receive a gas card each month during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. You must be enrolled in at least 6 units of on-campus classes (including Higher Education Centers). Online courses do not count.

* 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 completing. 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 ResCare) for orientation and assignment of a worker. The WTW contractor will then take care of all of your supportive services. SWC CalWORKs cannot help you with the above services until you are assigned a worker.