​​​​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:

  • Eligible and accepted to EOPS.

  • Are at least 18 years of age.

  • Enrolled in at least 12 units.

  • Be a current recipient of CalWORKs/TANF cash aid for yourself, or a dependent child or children, as a single head of household.

  • Attend a CARE Orientation.

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

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 Assistance

  • Transportation Assistance

  • Food Assistance

  • 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