CalWORKs Work-Study Program

The CalWORKs work-study program is a subsidized funded program designed to place CalWORKs students on an on-campus or off-campus employment. The goals of the work-study program are to assist eligible CalWORKs students gain valuable experience that will lead to long-term, meaningful employment and allow them to achieve economic self-sufficiency after graduation.

There is currently a waiting list for the 23-24 academic year. However, we encourage you to submit an application in case an opportunity becomes available.

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The application for the 24-25 academic year will be available by the end of May 2024. Students will be contacted over the summer to begin the placement process for the fall and spring semesters.


To be eligible, students must meet the requirements outlined below:

  • Must be a GAIN participant and cash-aid recipient for yourself and at least one child
  • Must be eligible to receive cash-aid for the duration of the semester or academic year
  • Registered in at least 6 units approved by a CalWORKs counselor
  • Class schedule must match the CalWORKs approved comprehensive student education plan (SEP), which is aligned with GAIN's approved major
  • Must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher

When submitting a work-study application, students must include the following documents:

  • Verification of benefits from GAIN service worker 
  • Resume
  • Class schedule
  • Comprehensive student educational plan (SEP)
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