CalWORKs Work-Study Program
Connecting students with employment
CalWORKs work-study may include opportunities in any of the
Employment, Service Learning, Work Experience, Community Service, & Internships
The goal of the CalWORKs work-study program is to provide CalWORKs students
with employment opportunities while pursuing their educational goals. The CalWORKs Program allows students to develop valuable jobs skills
while also meeting TANF
requirements for participation in job-related activities. Work-study hours can be
counted as "core" hours for a student's Welfare-to-work plan. Student acquires
work-based knowledge and skills. This on-site experience is often related to
their field of study. Employment helps to build a student’s resume.
CalWORKs students seeking employment should arrange a time to meet with
Patrise Diaz, CalWORKs Counselor, for initial evaluation of
eligibility and career consultation.
Currently employed students may be able to participate in the
program. Maximum weekly hours for on-campus employment is twenty
(20) hours per week, but some employers may need less hourly
employment. The student negotiates work schedules with
individual employers, and most are willing to work around a students
BENEFITS OF WORK-STUDY
Funds earned in Work-Study are not deducted from a student's
monthly cash aid.
Students keep 100% of both their employment earnings and cash aid.
This is because their work-study is a form of student financial aid,
included on their Financial Aid Award letter, and contributes to
meeting the cost of college attendance.
Work-Study funds may only be utilized for CalWORKs students in community
colleges, including students enrolled in an approved self-initiated educational
program and those students who are referred by the county welfare department.
CalWORKs students must be in good academic calworks work-study standing, maintain satisfactory progress in
their educational program, and be currently enrolled in at least one unit.