CalWORKs Announcements

CalWORKs ‘March Madness’ Completion Challenge

Students who have a completed CalWORKs file by March 31st will receive a $250 grant

To receive a $250.00 grant, please submit the following documents:

  • Student CalWORKs Update Form
  • Passport to Services (dated February 2021 or later) - must get from county worker
  • Welfare to work plan - must get from county worker
  • Verification Form - must get from county worker

For additional information on these forms and how to submit them, please view our CalWORKs Canvas page and/or meet with a counselor

To receive the $250.00 grant you must have submitted all of the above documents to our office by March 31st, 2021.

This award is in addition to the gift cards you will receive for completing your 3 counselor contacts (you must have a complete file to receive future gift cards).

Students who have already completed their Spring 21 file will be awarded the grant once the challenge is completed and has been processed. If you have any questions regarding if you have a complete file, please feel free to contact the CalWORKs office.

Make sure to meet with a CalWORKs counselor to ensure that your file is complete and to meet your 3 required contacts for the semester.

CalWORKs Status

  • If you still have not met with a CalWORKs counselor this semester, please email us at to make an appointment and to ensure that your CalWORKs file is complete.

  • Remember that you must meet with a CalWORKs Counselor three times a semester in order to receive your services for the semester. If you do not meet with a CalWORKs Counselor during the semester, you will not be eligible for your services.

  • You also must maintain a 2.0 GPA, successfully complete 50% of your classes and have a Comprehensive Student Education Plan (SEP) on file to maintain your priority registration.

Remember to Read your COD Email

  • Remember that all CalWORKs email communication will be through your COD email. We strongly recommended that your check email regularly or that you forward your COD email to your personal email in order to stay updated on important college announcements and information.

  • Please see instructions on Ho​w to Forward your College of the Desert Email to your Personal Email​ (view answer under Email Questions section)