California Community Colleges Unemployed Students Wearing Blue Caps and Gowns Standing Together at Graduation Ceremony

Unemployed Students

Unemployed Students can get help paying for their career education.

California community colleges offer career education programs that target top industries.

If you're looking for a better job, you're definitely on the right track. Along with short-term training programs that can lead to immediate employment, the California community colleges also offer courses and certificates in some of the most sought-after professional industries around.

Career Education Program Instructor Teaching Job Skills to a Student in a California Community College Classroom

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Financial aid is available year-round to cover the cost of community college fees, books, supplies and more. Unemployed students can apply by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA).

Award Amount

Financial aid awards will be based on eligibility and need as determined by the FAFSA® or CADAA. Recipients may use the aid year-round to cover the cost of community college fees, books, supplies, and sometimes even help with the rent.

More financial aid programs are available.

Most U.S. citizens qualify for financial aid with a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Undocumented students can get assistance through the California Dream Act (CADAA).

PELL GRANTS

Grant

Federal Pell Grants go to undergraduate students without college degrees who come from low-income families.

CAL GRANT PROGRAM

Grant

Cal Grants get awarded to California resident undergraduates based on financial need, academic performance and other factors.

PROMISE GRANTS

Grant

Low-income students and students receiving cash assistance may automatically apply for a California College Promise Grant (CCPG).

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarship

The California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment (CCCSE) offers over 3,000 student scholarships per year.

WORK-STUDY PROGRAMS

Part-Time Employment

Federal work-study students earn money to pay for college by working a part-time job on-campus or out in the community.

FOSTER YOUTH

Grant

Foster youth students who were in care on or after their 16th birthday can apply for a Chafee Grant up until they turn 26.

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