How to Apply

Step 1: Submit the Online Application

Complete and submit the online CalWORKs online application on this page. You must fill in all required fields, and you must have your CalWORKs case number available.

Step 2: CalWORKs Staff Schedules an Intake/Orientation Session

The CalWORKs staff will review your application and contact you to schedule an intake/orientation session.

Step 3: Complete Your Intake/Orientation Session

During this session, the CalWORKs Student Personnel Assistant will:

  • Review the services available through our program
  • Review the support services that you are entitled to through the county
  • Advise you on the college registration process
  • Assist you with completing the county forms that you will need to submit to your caseworker

Step 4: Meet With a CalWORKs Counselor

Schedule an appointment to meet with the CalWORKs Counselor

This can only be done after completing the CalWORKs Intake Session. The CalWORKs Counselor will work with you to ensure that your educational and occupational goals meet the county's requirements, and will develop a Student Educational Plan (SEP) with you that outlines how you will reach those goals. (Please note that all cases are reviewed individually based on the student’s case status with the county.) Also, begin the Financial Aid process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Visit our Financial Aid FASFA page for more information.

CalWORKs Application