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Cooperative Agencies and Resources for Education (CARE)


CARE is a state funded program designed to recruit and assist recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF - formerly known as AFDC) who would like to attend college.  To be eligible, participants must be single parents with at least one child under 14 years of age, who receive TANF benefits.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

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

  1. Have been determined EOPS eligible.
  2. Are enrolled in at least 12 units upon acceptance.
  3. Are currently receiving AFDC/TANF assistance and have at least one child under 14 years of age.
  4. Are at least 18 years old, a single head of household and have been determined to lack marketable skills.
  5. Have applied for financial aid (FAFSA) and the Board of Governor's (BOG) fee waiver.
  6. Are pursuing an educational, vocation, or job training program at Santa Monica College which will lead to a certificate, degree or transfer objective.
  7. Attend a self-directed CARE Orientation.
  8. CARE students may also be eligible for CalWORKS.  For more information, please see a CalWORKS counselor at the Counseling Annex trailer.

CARE SERVICES

CARE services provide additional assitance to meet the unique needs of single parents.  Students determiend 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.)
  • Participants in the CARE Club (Student organization on SMC campus)

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Complete and submit an EOPS application and be certified eligible for the program.  Once certified eligible for the program, students will be invited to complete the EOPS Orientation.
  2. Submit a CARE Application and current TANF verification.
  3. Attend a self-directed CARE Orientation.