Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does
CalWORKs stand for?
A: California Work
Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids Program
Q: Who is eligible for CalWORKs?
A: To be eligible for CalWORKs you must
be receiving TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families)
Q: Can I get welfare and still go to
college or vocational training?
A: Yes, CalWORKs allows you to get an
education that will help you get and keep a job. There are certain time
limits and other rules, but you can keep going to school.
Q: What is a Self-Initiated Program?
A: If you are already in school or other
job training before you start a CalWORKs welfare-to-work program, you
are in a Self-Initiated Program (SIP). If you are in a SIP you have a
right to continue going to school. If your SIP is approved, it will help
you meet your welfare-to-work requirements for CalWORKs.
Q: Can I get training or education if I am
not already a SIP?A: Yes,
During your assessment, you can ask to be assigned to a community
college or other training course as part of your "welfare to work plan."
all questions and answers are from Students & CalWORKs Q&A July 1999 and
Department of Social Services All-County Letter #99-32 April 1999
web page updated 5/19/11