Contra Costa College CalWORKs coordinates with Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services offices in Hercules and Richmond as well as County of Alameda Employment and Human Services to determine eligibility per county, state, and federal guidelines. Eligibility is always determined at the beginning of each semester via county cash aid verification form which can be a Welfare to Work plan printout or other county eligibility forms. County cash aid verification must reflect that both the student and an eligible child are receiving cash aid, must be dated by county representatives in the month in which services are requested and stamped or embossed by the county.


Student Eligibility Definitions

County Referred Participant
TANF/cash aid recipient, with at least one eligible child and was referred to the community college by the county welfare office and has an approved Welfare-to-Work plan or is in the process of developing a WTW plan.


Self-Initiated Participant
TANF/cash aid recipient, with at least one eligible child and is attending the community college as a Self-Initiated Program Participant (SIP) and will be obtaining an approved Welfare-to-Work plan through their county welfare office. (See All County Letter 99-32)


Voluntary Exempt
TANF/cash aid recipient, with at least one eligible child but has been exempted from participating in WTW activities by the county for a reason stated in a County Information Notice.


Exempt Student (other)
TANF/cash aid recipient, with at least one eligible child but has been exempted from participating in WTW activities. The college must have documentation in the student’s file proving the student’s exempt status and expiration date.


Post-Employment Participant
This designation applies if the student is off cash assistance due to unsubsidized employment and is in compliance with their county welfare office. The college must verify student employment at the beginning of each term.