Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education




CARE Eligibility

C.A.R.E. is a state funded program with the combined efforts of Palomar Community College, the Welfare Department and the Employment Development Department. Its purpose is to provide educational opportunities and job experience for persons currently receiving TANF/CalWORKS (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) who have been denied access to postsecondary education; to provide necessary support for their academic success and retention; to assist them in their pursuit of career and vocational goals; and finally, to assure their removal from welfare roles.

C.A.R.E. has been ongoing at Palomar College since 1984.

To qualify for C.A.R.E. a student must:

  • Be eligible for EOP&S

  • Be a single head of household student currently receiving TANF/CalWORKS for themselves and/or their children.

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Have one child or more under the age of fourteen

C.A.R.E.  may Provide:

  • Counseling (Academic, Financial Aid, Transfer, Career, and Personal)

  • Educational Grants

  • Student Success Workshops

  • C.A.R.E. College Survival Kits





·         Continuing CARE students in good standing must complete the on-line CARE orientation every semester in order for CARE services to be activated. Click here for deadlines. Reminders are also sent to you by email. If you missed this deadline, you must petition and be approved before CARE services are activated.

·         New CARE students must complete the application.  Once the application is processed, you will be instructed to schedule an appointment for the New Student CARE orientation.


·         Workshops dates and times will be announced.

Spring 2015 CARE GRANT Eligibility

·         Second contact must be completed by April 6, 2015 with the CARE Counselor, Veronica Aguilera.

·         Must attend at least one CARE workshop.

·         Must complete the CARE On-Line Orientation or New students must attend an in person orientation.

·         Must have financial un-met need (you must apply for FAFSA).

·         Must be enrolled in 9 or more units and have a Director’s Waiver on file.


Continuing CARE orientation click here

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