Student Support

CalWORKs Program


The CalWORKs office is available by phone and online counseling appointments. 


Phone: 310-434-4082 to schedule a telephone or online appointment. 



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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 Verification 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 Verification 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 Verification of Benefits Form as soon as possible to the CalWORKs office.

If you have enrolled in current semester or session 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 or email  to schedule an appointment.

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.