Chaffey College can help you reach your academic and professional goals through the CalWORKs program, which serves families receiving various forms of public assistance. We help eligible students gain self-sufficiency through specialized counseling, subsidized employment, mentoring, advocacy and personal/professional development. You can reach your full potential through education and employment with our help.

Keep an eye on our CalWORKs calendar for important events.



Appointments: (909) 652-6045


What is CalWORKs?

The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program was established under Assembly Bill 1542 in response to federal welfare reform to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF.) CalWORKs provides temporary cash aid assistance to families with dependent children in order to help meet basic needs. It also helps parents complete training programs to help family’s become self-sufficient.

The CalWORKs program at Chaffey College assists students who receive cash aid and are required to participate in Welfare-to-Work/GAIN. Students must be either enrolled, or plan to enroll in an academic program at Chaffey College and must be receiving cash aid for themselves as well as for their children. We provide educational planning services to students and collaborate with the San Bernardino County Transitional Assistance Department (TAD), Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), and Riverside County DPSS to help students meet their Welfare-to-Work/GAIN requirements. Students meet with a counselor for completion of required documents (Individual Education Plans, training verifications for child care approval, attendance and progress reports, etc.) as well as for regular progress checks.


Who is Eligible?

  • Parents who receive cash aid for themselves as well as their dependent children (CalWORKs/TANF) and who have or are developing a Welfare-to-Work (WTW) Plan with their employment specialist (proof of benefits must be on file each semester).
  • Be in good standing with the county Transitional Assistance Department (TAD) or Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)
  • Self-Initiated Participants (SIPs)
  • Exempt volunteer CalWORKs recipients
  • Exempt CalWORKs recipients
  • Be enrolled at Chaffey College
  • Be in good academic standing with the college
  • Single or two-parent households who are meeting county Welfare-to-Work requirements


Who is Not Eligible?

  • Sanctioned CalWORKs students
  • Sanctioned student policy: If a student has been sanctioned during a semester, services can be provided until the end of the semester; sanction must be cured by the end of the semester to continue services for the next semester.
  • Parents who receive cash aid for their children only.
  • Recipients of CalFresh only (food stamps), not cash aid
  • “Timed-Out” of cash aid (reached the 40-month time limit and no longer eligible for cash aid)
  • Individuals receiving SSI
  • Tribal TANF


Steps to Becoming a Chaffey College CalWORKs Student

  • Receive adult portion of cash aid for yourself as well as your dependent children
  • Submit a free application for admission to Chaffey College by applying online [NOTE: need hyperlink to new URL], or call (909) 652-6600 for assistance
  • Apply for financial aid through the completion of a FAFSA application for the current academic year by applying online [NOTE: need hyperlink to new URL for financial aid], or call (909) 652-6199 for assistance
  • Complete the Chaffey College orientation and placement process for English and Math by scheduling an appointment online through the Chaffey College placement page [NOTE: need hyperlink to new URL for placement page] or call (909) 652-6200 for assistance
  • Schedule an appointment with a Chaffey College CalWORKs counselor to create your educational plan in person by visiting the Administration Building, Room 190 or by calling (909) 652-6045 [INSERT attached photo "Commencement-Cal-Works-May-2018 (55).jpg"]


Student Responsibilities

Each semester, you are required to:

  • Provide verification of cash aid benefits in the form of a notice of action, passport to services, or verification of benefits
  • Pay non-enrollment fees
  • Schedule an appointment to meet with a Chaffey College CalWORKs counselor one month prior to the start of the term
  • Complete a comprehensive educational plan with a Chaffey College CalWORKs counselor
  • Register online through the portal within MyChaffeyVIEW or in person with the Admissions and Records Office at the Rancho, Chino, or Fontana campuses on or after your assigned registration date
  • Obtain an Ancillary Book Request from your Chaffey College CalWORKs counselor to obtain county assistance with required textbooks for eligible classes
  • Attend the first class meeting to avoid a potential drop by your instructor
  • Maintain a total of 20/30/35 hours of academic and/or other approved activities based on your Welfare-To-Work/GAIN activity requirement
  • Provide a copy of your Welfare-To-Work plan
  • Attend at least one mid-term appointment with your Chaffey College CalWORKs counselor to review your progress
  • Attend at least one personal/professional development workshop provided by the Chaffey College CalWORKs Program for Parents and/or other approved departments on campus
  • Maintain satisfactory progress defined by 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Notify your Chaffey College CalWORKs counselor before you make any changes to your classes or approved activities
  • Ensure you activate your panther email and check it regularly for important program information
  • Participate in a Chaffey College CalWORKs program for parents “welcome back” information session (fall semester)


As a student in the CalWORKs program, you have access to:

  • Assistance with admissions, financial aid, scholarship applications, and other forms
  • Priority registration
  • Academic and personal counseling
  • Textbook and parking assistance available through the county when your case is in compliance and education is approved as a Welfare-To-Work/GAIN activity
  • Student centered service and assistance from CalWORKs program staff
  • Program advocacy for supportive services from the county and community
  • CalWORKs Work Study job placement opportunities and subsidized on-campus employment for eligible students
  • Work readiness support
  • Opportunities for support and peer networking
  • Personal and professional development workshops
  • Recognition events
  • General school supplies
  • Additional student resources throughout the semester


What is CalWORKs work study?

The Program provides valuable work experience with paid employment opportunities on campus that enable you to meet Welfare-To-Work/GAIN activity requirements while pursuing an educational program at Chaffey College.


What are the goals and benefits of CalWORKs Work Study?


  • Provide you with work experience to increase your marketability upon completion of an educational program
  • Provide you with an additional source of income within the requirements of the CalWORKs program



Satisfy a portion of required CalWORKs hours

  • Earn income through work study that does not affect CalWORKs cash aid
  • Obtain paid work experience to develop skills related to your field of study
  • Gain valuable on-the-job training
  • Receive mentorship from CalWORKs work study and college staff


What are the eligibility requirements for CalWORKs work study?

You must be:

  • A CalWORKs adult cash aid recipient in good standing with the county
  • Enrolled at Chaffey College with an approved educational plan
  • At least a second semester student at Chaffey College
  • Enrolled in at least 6 units
  • In good academic standing with a cumulative 2.0 GPA


In compliance with academic, conduct and performance standards required by the CalWORKs program for parents and Chaffey College

Additional Information

For additional information about CalWORKs work study, please contact the Chaffey College CalWORKs program for parents at (909) 652-6045, or visit the office located in the administration building, room 190.

We have three locations to serve you:

  • Rancho Cucamonga Campus
    5885 Haven Avenue
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737


  • Chino Campus
    Chino Main Building
    5897 College Park Avenue
    Chino, CA 91710
    By appointment only


  • Fontana Campus
    16855 Merrill Avenue
    Fontana, CA 92335
    By appointment only