CARE is a state funded program designed to recruit and assist recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) who would like to attend Santa Monica College.  

Eligibility Requirements

A student is eligible if he/she meets the following criteria:

  • Have been determined EOPS eligible.

  • Are enrolled in at least 12 units upon acceptance.

  • Are currently receiving AFDC/TANF assistance and have at least one child under 14 years of age.

  • Are at least 18 years old, a single head of household.

  • Have applied for financial aid (FAFSA) and the Board of Governor's (BOG) fee waiver.

  • Are pursuing an educational, vocation, or job training program at Santa Monica College which will lead to a certificate, degree or transfer objective.

  • Attend a CARE Orientation.

CARE students may also be eligible for CalWORKs. For more information, see a CalWORKs counselor at the Counseling Annex trailer.

CARE Services

CARE services provide additional assistance to meet the unique needs of single parents. Students determined to be CARE eligible may receive the following:

  • Academic/Personal Counseling

  • Educational Planning

  • Vocational Assessment

  • Workshops

  • Book and Supply Accounts

  • Transportation Accounts

  • Meal Services

  • Grants (Money to assist with child care expenses and other school-related costs is awarded after financial aid funds, if financial aid does not meet your SMC established need.)

How to Apply

Complete and submit an EOPS application and be certified eligible for the program. Once certified as an EOPS participant, students will be able to submit a CARE application with TANF verification.

For more information or questions about CARE, contact:

​Debra Locke
EOPS/CARE Supervisor &CARE Coordinator
(310) 434-4449

Christina Fuller
CARE Student Services Assistant
(310) 434-4526​​​​