CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) is a statewide public assistance program that provides cash aid and services to eligible families that have a child or children in the home.
Please note: Counselors for the CalWORKs program are only available to serve students who are active in this program. Students not in this program will be redirected to the General Counseling link or phone number, so that the appropriate appointment can be made.
What is the CalWORKs Program?
The CalWORKs program at Cosumnes River College (CRC) helps students to pursue their educational and occupational goals while still meeting county guidelines and requirements.
The CRC CalWORKs program staff and counselors are here to:
- Support you on your path to self-sufficiency
- Ensure you are receiving the county supportive services for which you are eligible
- Make sure you are enrolled in an educational program that is approved by the Welfare-to Work Program guidelines
- Help you to understand your rights and responsibilities as a student and a recipient of CalWORKs
How to Apply
Applying to CalWORKs begins with an online application. See the Apply to CalWORKs page to learn more.
Our CalWORKs Counselors have an in-depth understanding of CalWORKs County policies, time limits and educational requirements.
A CalWORKs Counselor will create a Student Education Plan with you, which the county caseworker requires in order to approve school as a welfare-to-work-activity.
In the CalWORKs Work Study program, a CalWORKs Employment Specialist will assist the student in securing on or off campus employment, providing opportunities to develop marketable job skills related to their current education and training goals.
To participate in the CRC CalWORKs Work Study program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- CalWORKs: Student must be receiving CalWORKs and enrolled in the CRC CalWORKs program
- Enrollment: Student must be enrolled in at least 6 units at Cosumnes River College in the Fall and Spring Semesters (only 1 unit is required in the Summer Semester)
- Grades: Maintain good academic progress (Letter Grades “C” and above)
- Welfare-to-Work Plan: You must obtain an approved Welfare-to-Work plan from your caseworker that includes school as an approved activity.
To apply for the Work Study program, please contact the Student Support Center at (916) 691-7031 to schedule an appointment for the CalWORKs Work Study workshop.
To see current jobs available to students, please visit our Student Jobs page.
Your county caseworker should be providing you with assistance for the cost of textbooks and any other materials required for your courses.
As soon as your course schedule is finalized for the semester please gather the following items and submit them through your MyBCW portal or directly to your county office:
- Course Schedule (can be found in eServices)
- Textbook List
Tips for submitting request:
- Go to the CRC College Bookstore website to print out your required books/materials for your courses.
- Using a copy of your registration printout look up the course first by name (i.e. English 255) and then by the course number (i.e. 12345).
- Each course may have required and optional books. CalWORKs will only cover books that are listed as required.
- On the booklist there will be two different costs: cost of a new book and the cost of a used book. Always use the new price when requesting books/materials.
Each full-time student can be awarded up to $500 to cover the costs of all required materials. Part-time students can be awarded up to $250 to cover the costs of all required materials. If your book costs exceed the amounts set by the county, you will need to email your course schedule and book list to email@example.com.
Please note that CRC will not be processing documents for students whose required amount falls below the amounts outlined above.
If you have any outstanding documents that need to be filled out with the county, your payment will not be processed until after those documents are signed! Please make sure you are up to date with your caseworker.
Monthly attendance hours are submitted to the county on behalf of all active and enrolled students. If further help is needed with Monthly Attendance Reports or if you would like to fill the form out yourself, please contact a CalWORKs staff person.
Forms and Documents
(916) 691-7365 (phone)
(916) 691-7434 (fax)
Monday to Friday:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am to 5:30 pm
College Center, CC 254