CalWORKs Program
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* Important Update * 

Please note that effective immediately that the CalWORKs Office is closed to the publc. All CalWORKs counseling appointments will be scheduled and conducted via telephone. Please call 310-434-4082 for assistance and to schedule an appointment. 


​ (310) 434-4082 to schedule a telephone appointment.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Hours of operation are ​ Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please call the office directly to inquire about counselor availability as schedules vary. Thank you.

DPSS/Your Benefits Now

To access your benefits online, please visit the following DPSS website, Your Benefits Now


​What is CalWORKs?

The California Work Opportunities and Responsibilities to Kids Program (CalWORKs) at Santa Monica College works in collaboration with the Department of Social Services (DPSS) and the Greater Avenues to Independence Program (GAIN) to assist students who receive Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) as a means of public assistance.

Additional assistance includes:

  • Individual academic and career counseling

  • Employment assistance: including work-study assignments, resume writing, job search skills, and interview preparation

  • Childcare referrals and assistance

  • Coordination with the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS): including completing SIP/Referral forms, progress reports, educational plans, training verification

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must currently receive cash aid for themselves and their dependent child/children.

  • Make an appointment to meet with a CalWORKs counselor.

  • Submit a Microsoft Word DocumentVerification of Benefits Form. A hardcopy version of this form is also available at the SMC CalWORKs office. An official DPSS office stamp must be on your Verification of Benefits form to be accepted.

  • Students must provide a Verification of Benefits form each semester.


Current CalWORKs Students

The Microsoft Word DocumentVerification of Benefits Form is required. It is your responsibility to ensure that this form is completed and has the DPSS office official stamp.

Submit your Microsoft Word DocumentVerification of Benefits Form as soon as possible to the CalWORKs office. If you have enrolled in Spring 2020 classes, not submitting this form will delay completion of childcare services paperwork, work-study assignments, and the completion of GAIN paperwork such as progress reports and monthly attendance reports.

New CalWORKs Students & Gain Workers

  • New GAIN students or GAIN workers are required to make an appointment to have GAIN paperwork/contracts completed. We will not see a new student/participant without an appointment.

  • Call (310) 434-4082 to schedule an appointment.

Study Time/Credit Units: 

At Santa Monica College, each unit of credit is considered a semester unit that is generally equivalent to a minimum of three hours of student work per week for the duration of a course. One semester unit of credit can equal one hour of lecture and two hours of study, OR two hours of activity and one hour of study, OR three hours of laboratory, OR three hours of independent study under the supervision of a faculty member.​ (SMC 2019-2020 Catalogue, pg. 370). 

Work-Study Student Jobs Available ​

  • Are you interested in adding work experience to your resume? Are you looking for additional money which is exempt from your cash aid? If so, then Work-Study is for you!

  • Applications are being accepted now. For more info, please stop by the CalWORKs Office.​