We know students and families have been impacted in all areas of their lives during this COVID-19 crisis, and are learning to deal with new challenges and adapt to a new way of life and learning online.

The good news is there are lots of great articles and resources to help get you through these times. Check out the daily pro tip and this archive of past pro tips to help keep you, and your college education, on track.


The California Community College Chancellor’s Office is committed to addressing bias in higher education. If you’re interested in learning more about how to identify implicit bias in yourself or a loved one, visit Project Implicit to take a series of online assessment tests.


With new COVID-19 measures, it’s easier than ever for California community college students to apply for free and receive money every month to help buy groceries. The average eligible student receives $150 each month and it only takes a couple of minutes to apply. Call 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD) or visit CalFresh to fill out an application.


Housing for the Harvest is a new program that will offer temporary hotel housing to agricultural workers who need to isolate due to COVID-19. It will help positive or exposed workers protect their loved ones and coworkers by giving them a space to self-isolate. Learn more about the program and how it works at Housing for the Harvest


Find out what personality type you are by taking the 15 question quiz to learn more about your creative style and gain a few tips on how to maximize your strengths and face your weaknesses.


As we near the start of the fall semester, enhance your education with new school supplies such as hardware, computer programs, tablets and more — California community college students get access to hundreds of discounts at CollegeBuys.org.

Do you ever wonder what fields are growing fast for jobs? Few industries are growing as fast as jobs related to California’s advanced energy market. Possible jobs include architecture, engineering, electrical, mechanical, inspection, and construction. Every year upwards of 15,000 jobs are added in California with salaries starting at $40,000 and increasing to as much as $100,000 or more. Learn more by visiting California Community Colleges Career Education.


Not sure how to apply for financial aid or ask related questions? The earlier you start the process the better.  Before school is back in session in the fall, visit the I Can Afford College website to locate a California community college financial aid office near you.  Call, email or schedule a virtual appointment with a financial aid representative who can help provide information regarding how COVID-19 will affect financial aid and the available resources for you. 


Are you interested in transferring to a UC? The UC system has temporarily relaxed some undergraduate admissions policies to ensure transfer students are not penalized by their inability to earn letter grades for academic classes or take standardized tests during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the UC's response on admissions to COVID-19 to learn about what steps the UCs are taking to ensure every California community college student has a chance to transfer.


The sooner you apply for financial aid, the sooner you will know how much aid you can receive.   While you can apply for financial aid year-round, in less than two months the FAFSA and the California Dream Act applications will be available beginning October 1!  Follow our easy steps to apply for the aid that’s right for you by visiting the I Can Afford College website. 


As a current or former foster youth, you may be eligible for free support and services such as books, supplies, transportation, tutoring, food and emergency housing through California community college’s NextUp program. Take a brief quiz on the NextUp website to check to see if you qualify and connect with a NextUp program coordinator or EOPS office in your area.


There’s an easy way to find careers that match your interest. California community colleges offer more than 200 Career Education training programs that are taught by expert instructors to help you build the comprehensive skill set needed for the good paying jobs of today in your local community. Explore the various training programs on the Career Education website to see which one is right for you.


With all California Community Colleges continuing online in the fall, make sure to be proactive about contacting your professor. Email them if you need help and look for options available to you, such as virtual office hours. See more tips for online class success from this U.S. News & World Report piece.

As COVID-19 related closures limit available options for takeout food, here are some simple, 3-ingredient recipes to help you cook more from home.


Spending time outside can help decrease stress levels. Take a look at national and state parks near you and plan a low-cost trip today.


As many prospective and returning students begin thinking about the next step in their higher education journey, many questions can arise. For answers to some common frequently asked questions, like what the community colleges are doing to address COVID-19 related health concerns, visit the Chancellor's Office frequently asked questions.


Since many gyms are now closed again, it is important to find new ways to keep active. Here are 8 exercises that you can do from your couch.


Amidst COVID-19, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 14.9% unemployment rate in California this past June, prompting residents across the state to consider a career change. Visit CCCApply to enroll in one of our 116 colleges in California to receive the affordable, quality and practical training needed to open the door to a rewarding career.


There are fewer than 100 days until the general election, make sure that your voice is heard by registering to vote. If you don’t know if you’ve registered already, check your voter registration status.


The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is proud to add Madera Community College to the family! With 116 colleges across the state, community college is more accessible than ever. Here’s where you can find the community college nearest you.


With many classes continuing online for the new semester some students may need to adjust to a new learning style. Make sure to take the time to ask questions and engage instructors when working virtually. To learn more tips on how to be a successful distance learning student, visit the International Association for Continuing Education and Training site.


California has again increased social distancing restrictions as coronavirus cases continue to surge and the number of available hospital beds dwindle. To learn more about business closures and other restrictions, visit the Career Education site.


A recently released report discussed how the pandemic has accelerated existing demands for a more skilled workforce, and the California Community Colleges are here to help. Explore programs designed to get you fast-tracked to the career you want. Check out career paths available on the Career Education site.


With most travel is limited there are more opportunities than ever to see different parts of the world online. Take a look through someone else’s window by visiting WindowSwap.


As the number of COVID-19 cases rise, it’s important to stay up to date on local information. Visit covid19.ca.gov to sign up for local alerts.


According to the recent California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) student survey, 71% of students lost some or all of their income due to COVID-19. If you’ve been affected, visit the ICanAffordCollege COVID-19 FAQ for more information on financial aid and a list of helpful FAQs.

As many first-time and returning students begin to prepare for online classes this fall, the California Community Colleges want to see all students succeed. To learn more about how to prepare for online instruction, visit www.stayenrolled.com and click on the “Succeed Online” section.


The California Department of Public Health is monitoring the status of COVID-19 by county. Visit their website to view information regarding county by county statistics, guidelines and FAQs.


With so much changing on a weekly basis, you may have questions about how COVID-19 is affecting where and if you can shop, travel or even go to the DMV. To get up to date information r, visit the Stay Home Q&A from the Official state of California COVID-19 website provided by the Governor’s office.


Fear, depression, anxiety and emotional distress are common feelings to experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you or anyone you know is feeling this way, 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) is the number to call to speak to a representative from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also go to their online chat service.


Was your summer internship canceled? Read this CNBC article from the “College Voices 2020” series to spark some ideas on how to get creative and adapt during these tough times.


In these uncertain times, one thing is for sure, financial aid is available year round for California community college students. Now, more than ever, it's important to apply for financial aid. To learn more, visit ICanAffordCollege.com.


On Wednesday, July 1, Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health announced that Indoor dine-in restaurants, indoor wineries and tasting rooms, indoor family entertainment centers, indoor movie theaters, indoor zoos and museums and indoor cardrooms have been closed in 19 counties across the state.  Find up to date information about closures due to COVID-19 cases in your county here.


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on higher education. Listen to the latest California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley podcast, which discusses everyday challenges with California community college student Gurshaan Arora from Foothill College.


In addition to COVID-19 related layoffs continuing to impact many students and their family’s ability to go to work, there are also many new questions; like what people should do after they lose their job or have their hours or pay reduced. The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency has created a list of resources for both employees and workers, here.


Did you know a Cal Grant can be used by California community college students to help pay for rent as well as tuition? For more information about this and other financial aid options, visit icanaffordcollege.com.


As California is trying to reduce the impact of a new wave of COVID-19 cases, Governor Newsom has returned to providing regular updates. For up-to-date information, watch Governor Newsom’s daily teleconferences at noon on Twitter.


Calling all movie lovers, the Sundance Film Festival just announced that they’ll be moving this year’s event online. For more information, and to take part in discussions about this year’s selection, visit their website


As California continues to combat an increase of COVID-19 cases, make sure to regularly check the State's COVID-19 website for up to date guidance. 

If you are thinking about taking a road trip this summer make sure that you do so safely, here’s are some things to consider and traveling tips to make sure that you have everything you need.


California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond recently announced a new collaborative online campaign, “Advance SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) in California,” to engage educators, school leaders and families in a wider conversation about how to provide social and emotional supports to students during distance learning. To learn more, visit their website.


Undocumented students can now submit their DACA applications! To assist students with their applications, California community colleges are offering free legal services through the Community College Immigration Legal Services Project. Visit this page for more information as it becomes available.


If you’re getting ready to transfer from a California community college to a four-year college or university but have questions about how COVID-19 will affect the transition, visit ADegreeWithAGuarantee.com to get answers.


Gov. Newsom has ordered all Californians to wear masks while in public or in high-risk settings, including public transit, shopping or seeking medical care. For up to date information and guidance visit California’s COVID-19 site.


Looking to start online classes in the fall? The California College Promise Grant is available for students planning to or currently attending a California community college and waives per-unit tuition fees. Read more about eligibility and how to apply, here.


California recently launched the “Summer of Service” program, which allows students to learn about social justice issues in their communities while becoming part of the solution through service. To learn more, visit their website.


New DACA applications can now be submitted. Make an appointment with a legal service provider to learn more about the process. Be sure to always seek the advice of legal experts. Community college students have access to free legal services through the Community College Immigration Legal Services Project. Visit this page for more information as it becomes available.


On Thursday, June 19 Governor Newsom  issued an order that requires Californians to wear face coverings inside public spaces, hospitals, when riding public transportation, work places that require interacting with the public, office settings where people cannot physically distance and while outside if it’s not possible to stay six feet away from others. Read more about when and where you should be wearing your mask and why the order was instituted, here.


Are you a survivor of COVID-19? The California Department of Public Health is encouraging Californians who have had a positive test to consider donating their plasma to help develop treatments for COVID-19. Visit their site for more information.


Did you know that as a California community college student, you can access hundreds of discounts on computers, tablets, software and much more? Visit CollegeBuys.org to check out exclusive deals on products to help you complete your education.


California is reopening many of its businesses with extra precautions to keep patrons safe. However, it’s crucial to take personal steps to keep ourselves and others healthy while COVID-19 is still a threat. Check out the John Hopkins Medicine Coronavirus at a Glance: Infographic to read up on the coronavirus symptoms, how to protect yourself and others and what to do if you feel sick.


Do you have questions about how COVID-19 is affecting financial aid and other available resources? Visit the COVID-19 FAQ page at Icanaffordcollege.com regularly to stay informed on new information and updates about financial aid during the pandemic.


Have you completed the 2020 Census yet? Your participation will help determine the allocation of funds to support community college programs designed to educate and prepare California’s future essential workers. If you’re not sure where to start, watch this short video that explains what the Census is, why it’s important and how to complete it.

Did you know that more than one million community college students receive the California College Promise Grant that waives per-unit tuition fees? Find out if you’re eligible by visiting icanaffordcollege.com.


Need extra money to help pay the rent while you're in college? The Cal Grant can be used to help pay for college costs, like fees, books, supplies, and sometimes even help with the rent. Click the link to learn more.


Juneteenth, a celebration honoring the day when Black and African American enlsaved people were legally freed in the United States, is on Friday June 19th. Honor the day by learning about its history through the California State Library’s online exhibit, “Juneteenth Exhibit: Celebrating Emancipation.”


Check out how your city and county are tracking in terms of COVID-19 cases. California has launched a user-friendly data portal here where you can find information updated daily.


If you’re interested in learning about how the community colleges are planning to better connect students with employers, listen to the Future of Work podcast with Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley.


At California Community Colleges we encourage you to make your voice heard. If you’re planning on attending a protest, remember to stay safe and take precautions such as wearing a face mask and practicing social distancing. Take a minute to check out other important ways to stay safe while in public settings.


The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Call to Action webinar features Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley and other system leaders who are encouraging community colleges to actively strategize and take action against structural racism. All six calls to action are available in the Chancellor's Office letter to the California Community College Family.

Is your goal to transfer to a CSU? Although things are changing rapidly because of COVID-19, it doesn’t mean you have to put a pause on your education. Visit the CSU’s response on admissions to COVID-19 to learn about what steps the California State University system is taking to ensure transfer opportunities remain available to students.


Have you lost your job due to COVID-19? Listen to this episode of How To Money to find out where to start looking for work as businesses slowly reopen.


Exercise is one way to help cope with the additional stress that many are feeling during this time, and even though gyms may still be closed, there are still ways to stay active. Here are 8 exercises that you can do from your couch.


Looking for a new book to read? Download the Libby by Overdrive mobile app to get an instant library card from your local library to access thousands of eBooks and audiobooks for free!


Are you avoiding an at-home haircut? Governor Newsom recently announced that hair salons and barbershops can begin to reopen in many counties. Check this site to see if your county is one of them. Also, before getting your hair cut you may want to ask if there is a COVID-19 surcharge.

Fee Waivers, Scholarships and Grants, Oh My! With so many financial aid resources available, you may have some questions. Visit I Can Afford College to see the different types of financial aid available such as grants, scholarships and loans. The first step in accessing financial aid is to apply, even if you aren’t sure you’ll qualify. 


Wellness Central is a free online health and wellness resource created for California Community Colleges students just like you! This resource is available 24/7 to provide support and help you dive into “The 6 Dimensions of Wellness” on an interactive platform. 


May is Mental Health Matters Month! Check out these self-care and wellness tips to help cope with being stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Remember, you are not alone! #EachMindMatters 


New federal law provides unemployment benefits for self-employed and other workers and adds an additional $600 to weekly benefits. This means that if you're unemployed, you may be eligible to receive up to an additional $2,400 per month. To determine your eligibility, visit the Career One Stop website.


In response to unemployment many are facing as a result of COVID-19, the College of the Desert is offering 10 free self-paced professional development trainings where you can learn marketable skills like web design, small business marketing and tips and tricks for a successful job search. For more information and to register for these free courses visit the College of the Desert site today. 

Wellness Central is a free online health and wellness resource created for California Community Colleges students just like you! This resource is available 24/7 to provide support and help you dive into “The 6 Dimensions of Wellness” on an interactive platform.


May is Mental Health Matters Month! Check out these self-care and wellness tips to help cope with being stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Remember, you are not alone! #EachMindMatters


New federal law provides unemployment benefits for self-employed and other workers and adds an additional $600 to weekly benefits. This means that if you're unemployed, you may be eligible to receive up to an additional $2,400 per month. To determine your eligibility, visit this Career One Stop website.


Governor Newsom made it easier to apply for a Cal Grant by waiving the deadline to verify your grade point average as well as certain certification requirements and the selective service registration verification for Cal Grant applicants. For information on how to apply for the Cal Grant visit the I Can Afford College website.

For many students who rely on collaboration with others to help them succeed in school, online classes can be tricky. Even when you’re not sitting next to your classmates, there are many ways to stay engaged. Check out these 4 Ways to Avoid Isolation as an Online Student.


Nearly every aspect of our society and daily lives have been impacted by the current health crisis, and at times it can seem overwhelming. Consider taking 20 minutes today to practice mindfulness and reduce stress. For information on techniques and other ways to cope, take a look at the California Surgeon General’s Stress Busting Playbook.


Are you ready to take the next step toward your college education? Find a community college near you by using our college locator and enroll today for online classes at your local community college by visiting CCCApply.org.


Since people across California are preparing more food from home than ever before, here are 40 quick lunch ideas to give you some inspiration. POSTED 05/21/20


Looking for ways to spark your productivity throughout the day? Check out this YouTube video from Ellen Kelley about 10 apps & extensions for school and productivity all students need!


The Trevor Project, a national organization that provides crisis intervention for LGBTQ individuals under 25 years old, has trained counselors to support youth who need help or a safe and judgement-free place to talk. Individuals can get assist by visiting The Trevor Project website or contacting the 24/7 TrevorHelpLine at 1-866-488-7386.


If you or a family member are experiencing housing insecurities or are on the brink of losing your home, California has resources to assist. Visit the Housing and Homelessness page on the California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website for more information.


Governor Newsom recently announced that Californians now have access to a new testing and treatment website, where there are resources for people who think they may be sick and answers questions about testing. The website also has an interactive feature to help people find a testing site nearby.


The California Coronavirus COVID-19 Response website has developed an immigrant resource guide to provide information about COVID-19 related assistance, including public benefits, that are available to immigrant Californians. 


Are you or a family member struggling to find childcare options? The California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website includes an online portal that shows childcare options near you.


The coronavirus outbreak is causing a lot of stress and anxiety for people all over the world. Visit the California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website to view some helpful resources for emotional support and well-being. Remember, you are not alone.


Worried about how to get a good job during the COVID-19 crisis? California community colleges offer more than 200 Career Education pathways. You can earn a degree or certificate and get training for the good-paying career you want. Explore available career programs and find more information by visiting CaliforniaCareerEducation.com.


Looking for ways to stay connected with friends and family while social distancing? Download the free Houseparty app to connect with friends and family, play trivia games and enjoy some digital face-to-face interaction. POSTED May 4, 2020

Many students are at risk of not being counted in the 2020 Census. Listen to Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley’s April 16th podcast episode to hear about the Census and why its so important to be counted. Go online to complete the census today!

At a time when undocumented communities are grappling with fear and uncertainty, the California Community Colleges have a number of initiatives to reassure everyone that our campuses will remain safe. Visit the Undocumented Students Resource page for more information on funding renewals, protection for tenants and unemployment insurance. 

Is your goal to transfer to a UC? Although things are changing rapidly because of COVID-19, it doesn’t mean you have to put a pause on your dreams. Visit the UC's response on admissions to COVID-19 to learn about what steps the University of California system is taking to ensure transfer opportunities remain available to students.  

US Scout is an online learning platform providing college prep courses to California public students and teachers. They offer free valuable resources for high school students and teachers who have made the transition to remote learning. 

If you or your family are struggling with food insecurity, help is available. Visit the California Association of Food Banks website to find food assistance programs and learn about additional resources available near you.


COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the ability of many students and their family’s to go to work. It has also prompted a lot of questions about what people should do after they lose their job or have their hours or pay reduced. Several organizations have put together a helpful guide to workers’ rights, that answers these and other important questions.


California is currently dealing with the various impacts of COVID-19 that touch almost every aspect of our daily lives. For up-to-date information on what California is doing to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19, watch Governor Newson’s daily 12 p.m. teleconferences on Twitter


While we are physically distanced from one another, it’s more important than ever to stay socially connected to loved ones and friends. Fortunately, there are a number of free services that can help you stay connected. Here is a thorough breakdown of many currently available options.


Have you, a friend or a family member lost their job during the COVID-19 pandemic? The State of California is here to help! Onwardca.org is a one-stop resource for people whose jobs have been impacted and can help connect you to retraining opportunities and your next job.


It’s vital to engage in 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and remember that it doesn’t have to be all at one time. Have a dance party in your bedroom, 35 jumping jacks here and there, a 20-minute hula-hooping contest, film a TikTok and share it out, power walk around the block twice, running, bedtime yoga, 10 pushups, do some double dutch jump rope, the list can go on and on. For more tips on how to stay safe and healthy during COVID-19, take a look at the Surgeon General’s Stress-Busting Playbook.

The transition from in-person to online classes is new to many students, and the California Community Colleges want to see all students succeed. To learn more about preparing for online instruction, visit the Student Resources page at our California Virtual Campus – Online Education Initiative website. 

As classes move online, students need access to computers with reliable internet service to join lectures and complete assignments. Several companies have pledged to provide free or low-cost internet access during the coronavirus emergency. View a list of participating companies.

You may have heard that the federal government is providing a stimulus check to many Americans, in order to determine whether you or your family are eligible please view the IRS guidelines. While most eligible U.S. taxpayers will automatically receive their stimulus check, if you did not file federal taxes in 2019 or 2020 you still may be eligible and can submit your information

We know that COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our society and daily lives and that these daily disruptions, coupled with the fear of not knowing what may come, have caused increased stress and anxiety for many. To address that increase, California’s Surgeon General created a Stress-Busting Playbook with helpful tips to identify how stress shows up, how to make a stress-busting plan, and how to integrate that program into your day-to-day life.