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.


We know time is limited for students. Spend your coffee break expanding your horizons with a few short, yet riveting TED Talks!

Free, confidential COVID-19 testing is available to every Californian that needs it. Appointments are required. Find the testing location nearest you by visiting https://covid19.ca.gov/get-tested/.

Did you know that the California Community Colleges host an online Health and Wellness resource center? Visit the online center to learn about strategies for addressing student health, mental health, wellness and basic needs.

It’s not too late to submit a FAFSA! Complete your FAFSA by June 30th and you’ll still be eligible for financial aid in the 2021-2022 academic year. Learn more at icanaffordcollege.com.

Interested in the Associates Degree for Transfer but can’t decide on a degree? Work with a counselor to develop a plan so you stay on track while reaching your transfer goal.

Are you eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine? Visit myturn.ca.gov to find out if it’s your turn and start your vaccination plan today.

You submitted your FAFSA. Now what? It’s time to enroll! Enroll in the California community college of YOUR choice by visiting CCCApply.org!

Don’t go into the weekend without having completed your FAFSA. The Cal Grant deadline is only FIVE days away! Don’t delay, apply before or on March 2nd to be eligible for the most financial aid possible!

Fitness, education, climbing towards a goal…it takes dedication, perseverance, and motivation! Deemed as “Best Workout Quotes” by Shape Magazine, these inspirational quotes may also serve up some encouragement for achieving any and all of your goals!

Tax season is tricky under normal circumstances, but this year is loaded with challenges and misinformation. Check out this Washington Post article to get some of your questions answered before the deadline.

Are you taking care of your health and wellness? The California Community Colleges offer resources to support students throughout the state. Watch this short video to learn more.

Interested in transferring to a four-year college or university? There are more than 40 Associate Degree for Transfer majors offered at California community colleges. Learn more!

Cherry season has arrived! Cherries are among one of the healthiest fruits that help to promote good sleep – something all students and workers need! Check out Health.com’s list of health benefits related to cherries for more info!

Have questions about how to fill out the FAFSA or CADAA application? Participate in the next free, Cash for College webinar on Feb. 25th. Visit csac.ca.gov/cash-college to register.

During times of change and uncertainty, it is important to incorporate self-care and structure into your schedule. Get started with these seven tips for self-care during COVID—19 from eachmindmatters.org.

Work Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student's course of study. Learn more about the work study program by visiting icanffordcollege.com.

The Medical Laboratory Technician workforce is experiencing an employee shortage in California. With a retiring population, fresh graduates are needed to fill jobs in diagnostic clinical labs, research, or in biotech, pharmaceutical companies, and forensics. Explore the possibilities for pursuing a degree or certificate by visiting CaliforniaCareerEducation.com!

Not sure when you are eligible to get your COVID-19 vaccine? Visit, myturn.ca.gov to learn when it’s your turn to get vaccinated.  

We are less than three weeks away from the March 2nd Cal Grant deadline. Don’t wait, fill out your FAFSA today to be eligible for the most financial aid possible for college!

Calling all Dreamers: Do not forget that March 2nd is the deadline to get your California Dream Act Applications submitted in order to apply for and receive financial aid for college. Don’t wait! Click here for more information. 

Ever wanted to spend your days finding the newest trends, styling stars for movies or working between design and sales? Professor Kamille Hitz of City College of San Francisco recommends enrolling in Fashion Merchandising at your local California community college to explore the career possibilities!

The Steps to College fair has gone virtual for 2021! Participate in the largest bilingual and binational college event in Northern California. 

Need assistance in filling out your FAFSA? There are Cash for College workshops taking place this month and next to help you. Click here to learn more and register

Southern New Hampshire University has officially signed on as a partner with our Associate Degree for Transfer program. This means you can now earn a guaranteed saved spot at SNHU and complete your bachelor's degree while saving both time and money. Learn more about the program and the available SNHU transfer pathways.

The new year has begun! Watch this video presented by Good Morning America, where doctors provide advice on getting control of your health in 2021.  

Ethics, computer skills and finances are just a few of the topics explored within the Business Administration career pathway. Learn more about degree and certificate opportunities by visiting the California Community Colleges Career Education website.

Learning a second language can help you to advance your career and deepen your connections to other cultures! Duolingo’s free app is a fun and interactive way to learn many languages with bite-sized lessons and personalized learning!

Finding a job during the pandemic can present its own set of unique challenges. Here are 14 tips for students to prepare for future careers while still in college.

Through CollegeBuys.org, community college students are provided exclusive discounts on a variety of products, software and internet services to support them in their distance learning.


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Self-motivation, a positive attitude, and working in team environments are a few soft skills needed to work in the field of Aeronautical Aviation Technology. Explore and learn more about the vast need for specialists in this field!

NextUP offers eligible current and former foster youth support and services that could include help with books and supplies, transportation, tutoring, food and emergency housing. Unsure if you're eligible? Check to see if you qualify.

NextUP offers eligible current and former foster youth support and services that could include help with books and supplies, transportation, tutoring, food and emergency housing. Unsure if you're eligible? See if you qualify.

When you fill out the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application, you’re also automatically applying for funds from your state and your school. For more information, visit ICanAffordCollege.com.

Did you know that what you eat can affect how you feel? Nutritionist Karen Ansel, writing for the TODAY Show, has a list of nine foods that might help improve your mood.

Looking for ways to deal with stress and anxiety, slow down, and find calm? Read about Five-Finger Breathing in this TED piece from Dr. Judson Brewer.

Listen to Tatyana Aguirre, an international trade specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce, explain how studying International Business can open up endless opportunities for you. Then check out the different types of International Business programs available at California community colleges.

A good résumé lets you showcase your skills, experiences, and talents. Read this TED piece from career coach Gail Tolstoi-Miller with seven tips for writing a résumé to help you get noticed in your next job search. 

Did you know community college students in need can receive money every month for buying groceries?  Submit an application online  today or call the CalFresh Benefits Hotline for more information at 1-877-847-FOOD (3663).

If you’re a people person with a cool and collected personality, a career in the paramedic field might be the right path for you! Watch our Career Education video to learn more.

There are more than 40 Associate Degree for Transfer majors in a variety of fields. These majors can start at community college and lead to various pathways at participating 4-year universities. Find a degree that fits your transfer path at A Degree with a Guarantee

Are you unsure of the status of your FAFSA application? Have any other financial aid questions? If you applied for financial aid, check out our FAQ page today.

The California College Promise Grant waives community college enrollment fees for eligible students. Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply at ICanAffordCollege.com.

We’re in front of screens more than ever, which can negatively affect your sleep. UC Davis Health and Counseling Services suggests giving yourself a digital curfew - getting away from screens an hour or two before bed. Read about this and other important sleep tips.</hr.>


A degree in 3D Modeling and Animation can land you a job in entertainment, game design, forensics, or architecture - plus many others! Explore the possibilities today.

If you are planning on transferring from a California community college to a 4-year university, ask your counselor about A Degree with a Guarantee. During the pandemic, several UCs and CSUs are making exceptions to transfer requirements. Read more here.

The FAFSA form for the 2021-2022 school year is now available. FAFSA is the starting point for just about any kind of financial aid. Complete the FAFSA today!

As we have reached the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, help lower your risk of breast cancer by doing things like keeping a healthy weight, exercising regularly and limiting alcohol.

Creativity can be trained, no matter who you are or what you’re studying. How? Check out these TED Talks from creators like Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) and Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal).

Personal finance often is a top priority for students – prioritizing spending, setting aside earnings and finding a happy medium for your budget is key. Read more money-saving tips for students like you.

The FAFSA Application for the 2021-’22 school year is now available. Not sure how to fill it out? Get connected to your local California community college financial aid office for live online or over the phone assistance.

Here’s something to smile about – there is currently a high demand for clinical dental hygienists! Learn more about how to pursue your education in dental hygiene or other in demand careers through credentialed training programs at California community colleges.

CSU campuses will accept "Credit" or "Pass" for all transferable college courses completed in winter, spring or summer 2020. Learn more about how COVID-19 has affected transfer requirements at other 4-year colleges and universities. 

The FAFSA and CA Dream Act applications are NOW OPEN for next school year! Submit your application today to qualify for the most financial aid available including a Cal Grant. Learn more at ICanAffordCollege.com.

We’re grateful to those who have helped put out more than 45 thousand wildfires so far this year. If you’re interested in a career in fire technology to help the fight, check out our Wildland Firefighting degree and certificate program.

Professor Lauren Wade, San Diego Mesa College, shares that accounting is a great career option and discipline to study. Accounting is a marketable skill and a highly specialized degree to help you start your own business! Explore the possible career pathways in accounting.

If you’ve felt less productive lately, you’re not alone. In trying times like these, Forbes suggests students and employees redefine what productivity looks like, track and celebrate your progress, along with other ideas to boost and maintain productivity.

Feeling overwhelmed? The Crisis Text Line is free, available 24/7, and completely confidential. Text: “COURAGE” to: 741741 or visit Each Mind Matters.

Trying to be a TikTok influencer? No matter what your career choice, you can use it to rack up millions of views. Need a place to start? Learn more about California Community College Career Education programs

Want to earn your bachelor’s degree fully online? The California Community Colleges Associate Degree for Transfer program partners with schools like Western Governors University (WGU) that offer fully-remote bachelor degree programs.

This year, you can both register to vote and cast a ballot on Election Day. Still, it’s smart to register now so you can get a ballot sent to you by mail.

As students across California look for ways to supplement their income, check out this recent Forbes article on 16 strategies to prepare for an audio/video interview, including testing your setup and how to appear unscripted.

Credit affects more aspects of your life than you may realize -- the ability to buy a home or car, get a credit card, rent an apartment, or even get a job can be affected by your credit score. Read more information about how to keep your credit in tiptop shape


Myth: My parents make too much money, so I won’t qualify for financial aid for school. Fact: There is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid. Find out the truth about financial aid today.

California voter registration deadlines are less than a month away! Make sure you’re registered to vote online by October 19.

If you love working with your hands and solving problems, a career in automotive technology may be right for you. Watch this video for more information or explore other career education careers.

Feeling “burned out”? According to the Mayo Clinic Staff, burnout is a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity. Check out this seven-day plan that incorporates tips and strategies from mental health professionals who study and treat burnout. 

Are you a student who is currently earning your Associate Degree for Transfer? With an ADT, you can apply to any four-year university that accepts transfer students once you have fulfilled all the necessary lower division transfer requirements. It is never too early to prepare for your future.

Looking to begin your career or gain experience through an internship? Explore the various options our Career Education program has to offer that align with your goals and ignite your desire to succeed.  

The Fall 2020 semester is in full swing and you’ve had to navigate new ways of attending class, engaging with students and faculty, and completing coursework. Here are four more ways to be successful when learning online.

Learning online takes time and adjustment. However, by embracing new thinking, new ideas, and new ways of online learning, we will all get through this difficult time together. The Chancellor’s Office provides a Canvas To-Do List and Calendar to assist with tracking and staying current on your assignments. 

Do you have questions about financial aid, like what to do if you’re considered an independent student or how work study programs operate? Find the answers to these questions and more here

Calling all Dreamers! You may be eligible for the California Dream Act if you: 1) live in California, 2) meet the eligibility requirements for a non-resident exemption, as well as students who have a U Visa or TPS status. To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, read the Dream Act FAQs.

Did you know 2 in 5 students are eligible for up to $193 per month for groceries? Determine your eligibility here.

Ever hear of the FAFSA? This is the biggie, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It’s the starting point for just about any kind of financial aid. Follow this link to start a new application or review one you’ve already started: www.fafsa.gov.

While COVID-19 has caused many creative projects to slow or halt, one type of project that hasn’t been interrupted are podcasts. Take a look at one list of The Best Podcasts for College Students, including shows like “The College Info Geek” and “Tiny Leaps, Big Changes.”

Do you want to learn how to combat diseases, reduce our environmental footprint, feed the hungry or reduce energy usage? If so, find out more about programs available in life sciences at a community college near you. 

If you are struggling to adjust to online learning, the California Community Colleges are here to help! Visit our California virtual campus and watch the video on Prepare for Online Learning site, to better prepare for the online experience.

A hobby that can help with pandemic induced stress is gardening. If you want to learn more, here are 12 products that will help you keep your plant baby alive. And if you’re interested in turning that hobby into a rewarding career visit the Career Education Site to learn about horticulture programs available at your local California community college.

Fire season is upon us and it’s crucial to be prepared in the event that a fire starts in your area. One way to prepare is to have an emergency ‘Go Bag’ ready. Read this article about what to pack in your ‘Go Bag,’ including a first-aid kit, water and non-perishable foods. 

Do you need school supplies like Microsoft Office or a USB cable? Find excusive savings for California college students here.

Are you preparing to transfer to a 4-year college or university through the Associate Degree for Transfer program? Do you have questions about how your transfer plans could be impacted by the COVID-19 crisis? Click here, for updates and information about the ADT program during the current pandemic.

Unsure of your career path? Explore the career education training programs available at California community colleges that can lead to a good paying job.

Have you started your fall semester and still haven’t completed your FAFSA? Why Wait? Financial aid is still available for the 20/21 academic year. Visit icanaffordcollege.com to learn more and apply for financial aid.

The 2020 Census ends this month and many students are at risk of not being counted. When we're all counted, we all benefit! If you haven't already, fill out the Census today online, by phone, or in the mail.

As we continue adapting to the daily changes and challenges brought about by COVID-19, it can be helpful to take a moment to step away and breathe. For more stress busting tips, take a look at this guide put together by California’s surgeon general.

Though this year may look a little different for making new college friends, you can get creative about meeting people by kicking it outdoors, having a Zoom party, joining virtual campus organizations and forming virtual study groups. Check out the Student Services available by visiting your local California community college website.

Netflix has made a rotating selection of their content free, with no sign up or registration required. The current selection includes academy award nominated films like Bird Box, and cultural powerhouses like Stranger Things – check it out on Netflix.

While students aren’t particularly known for being experts in the kitchen, cooking doesn’t have to be stressful. Click here for student cooking tips from top chefs, like how to simplify meals and the importance of buying ingredients in bulk.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available every year on October 1. For undocumented, Dream Act-eligible students, the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) is your first step to getting financial aid. Check out ICanAffordCollege.com to see what types of aid you may qualify for and how to apply.

One of the many challenges of cooking at home is how to cook for one person, here’s a list of five approachable dinners to get you started dining in ease even if you're solo.

Know the difference between loans and grants? Hint: one you pay back and one you don’t. For more information on this and different types of financial aid, visit https://icanaffordcollege.com/Financial-Aid.

Calbright is a digital college that focuses on careers, not credentials. The goal is to provide working adults with a better way to prepare for and access higher paying jobs. Learn more and apply here.

NextUp offers unique support to current and former foster youth, including help with school supplies, transportation, tutoring, emergency housing and food. Take a brief quiz on NextUp's website to check if you qualify and connect with a California community college representative in your area.

California wildfire season started early this year. Make sure you are staying up to date on all information and potential evacuations and resources for emergency preparedness through CAL FIRE’s website. 

ICYMI: Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley participated in a Student Town Hall hosted by CalMatters last week. The Chancellor gave advice on ensuring student voices are heard by encouraging students to share their thoughts with campus student senates and faculty. Watch the Student Town Hall. 

So, you’ve completed the FAFSA online and applied to the community college of your choice, now what? You’ll receive a link to your Student Aid Report by email in 2-3 days and you’ll be able to make corrections or updates to your application. Read more about the post-FAFSA process. 

Debunking Myths: Although your courses are online, you are still eligible for financial aid! Listen to Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley and California Student Aid Commission’s Executive Director Marlene Garcia, as they discuss financial aid options and how to apply, here. 



Have you lost your 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.

Did you know as a veteran you receive priority registration across the entire California Community Colleges system and have access to specific kinds of financial aid? Find out more at ICanAffordCollege.

The fall semester is fast approaching, and so are enrollment deadlines. To ensure you are ready for the start of classes, make sure you are enrolled on time by contacting a California Community College near you.

The Associate Degree for Transfer includes majors like Administration of Justice, Nutrition and Dietics, Geology, Public Health Science and more! Create a plan for these majors and transfer to a guaranteed saved spot at a participating four-year university with junior standing. Learn more.

Looking for a new job? Polish up your resume by taking keywords from the job posting and inserting them into your cover letter and resume to set you apart from rest. Learn more resume writing tips to help you land that next job.

Tune into a conversation between Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley and California Student Aid Commission’s Executive Director, Marlene Garcia, as they discuss the results from the spring 2020 COVID-19 Student Survey. Tune into the podcast.

Advanced Manufacturing, Logistics, Life Sciences, Biotech, Communication Technologies, Hospitality, Entrepreneurship… What do all of these things have in common? The California Community Colleges offer these specific training programs and many more. Read about and explore these careers

Online courses allow you to learn whenever, wherever, and however works best for you, making it easier to earn your degree or certificate while balancing work and family commitments. Read more about developing skills for effective online learning.

The California Community Colleges is committed to providing a safe and inclusive space for all students, regardless of immigration status. Visit https://icanaffordcollege.com/Financial-Aid/Undocumented for more information about support services for Dreamers and how undocumented students can apply for financial aid.

There is no escaping the influence that money can have on almost every aspect of your life. As you embark on your college journey, it’s important to understand how money really ‘works.’ Learn more about financial literacy by visiting this site

If you haven’t completed the 2020 Census, there’s still time! Visit californiacensus.org or call 844-330-2020 to complete the Census form, get more information or chat with a Census representative if you have questions.  Beginning August 11, the US Census Bureau will begin counting non-responders by sending Census takers door-to-door into neighborhoods. Please note the deadline to complete the Census is September 30.

Get your questions answered! To find local financial aid advisors and workshops in your area, enter your zip code on this convenient financial aid office locator tool. You can also check out our FAQs for answers to the most commonly asked financial aid questions

Prep Yourself! When it comes to applying for financial aid, being prepared the key to your success. VIsit ICanAffordCollege to find information and a list of items to have on hand during the application process. 

Dual enrollment allows high school students to earn college credit for college courses before they graduate. This tuition-free program also allows those courses to count towards a high school diploma.  Learn more about dual enrollment and how to enroll.

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.