Below is a helpful checklist of what you need to get started in the CalWORKs program.

Step 1:  Determine if you are eligible for CalWORKs.

  • Schedule an appointment to meet with a social worker at your local county Employment and Human Services Department to determine eligibility.  The social worker will give you a complete list of required documents, so plan at least on the following documents:
      • Social Security card
      • Photo ID
      • Proof of rent
      • Birth certificate
      • Verification of income
      • Bank statements

Step 2: Complete the FAFSA and online orientation; meet with a counselor.

  • Complete a FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Need Help? Visit the Financial Aid Office on the first floor of the DVC Student Services Center during drop-in hours and a financial aid assistant will help.
  • Complete the DVC Online Orientation, take the math and English assessments and start an online education plan in the InSite Portal, Student Planning tab, for Priority Registration eligibility.
  • Meet with a DVC Academic Counselor to create the formal education plan to be sent to your county worker.

Step 3: Visit the DVC CalWORKs Office

After county approval of CalWORKs, visit the DVC CalWORKs Office to pick up an application packet and schedule a CalWORKs orientation.  Be sure to bring the following documents to orientation:

  • Photo ID
  • Income verification of TANF/county cash aid such as Benefits Information Request or Notice of Action
  • Completed DVC CalWORKs application
  • Completed book, supplies and parking permit vouchers
  • Grades from previous semester (only for continuing students)
  • Current semester course schedule of approved units - classes must match your education plan
  • Welfare to Work Activity Plan with expiration date, if available