New Students

Information for new students interested in CalWORKs

To be eligible for CalWORKs, a student must:

  • Be receiving the adult and child portion of Cash-Aid
  • Have a GAIN Service Worker/Welfare-to-Work Service Worker
  • Have a Welfare-to-Work Referral (GN 6006 Form or GN 6005A Form)
  • Be enrolled in at least one class (Credit/Non-Credit Course)
  1. Complete an Admission Application, a California College Promise Grant (Fee Waiver), and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)                                                 
    1. Take the Self-Report Tool (SRT) or Make an appointment to meet with a CalWORKs Counselor with your Official High School Transcripts
    2. Enroll in at least one (1) class. Credit or Non-Credit
    3. Make a one (1) hour In-Take Appointment with a CalWORKs Counselor (make sure to bring with you all county paperwork)
    4. Attend a CalWORKs New Student Success Orientation (Early Alert Program Orientation)
  1. County Welfare-to-Work Referral (GN6005, GN6005A, GN6006, etc.)
  2. County Vocational Assessment (if applicable)
  3. All transcripts from other colleges/universities (if applicable)
  4. A completed "New Student Intake Form"
  5. Any additional County Paperwork that needs to be completed (i.e. Childcare/Training Verification Form)

The CalWORKs program has established an Early Alert Program (EAP) to guide students through their educational process. The goal is to help students obtain a better understanding of the requirements and resources that Cerritos College offers in order to obtain a Certificate of Achievement, Associate of Arts/Science degree, or transfer to achieve a higher education.

As part of the CalWORKs and Early Alert Program (EAP), students are required to attend a New Student Success Orientation to maintain early enrollment where they will go over on/off campus resources and college/county requirements.

Spring 2020 CalWORKs Counseling 101A


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