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Financial Assistance for Textbooks

Financial Assistance for Textbooks


  • Federal Financial Aid

  • Help a Student

  • First-Year Experience

  • GAIN/ CalWORKs

  • EOPS

  • Veterans Resource Center




Federal Financial Aid

Financial aid and financial assistance programs can be used to purchase textbooks needed for your courses you are currently enrolled in. Below is a list of financial programs and links to the respective websites. For more information on Financial Aid visit the MSJC Financial Aid Website. 


Help a Student


Prior to the start of the Fall and Spring terms, the MSJC Foundation provides institutional grants to students that are not eligible for Financial Aid and/or EOPS. Help a Student funds may be used to cover the cost of books and supplies, institutional charges and fees up to $250.00. Applications are reviewed and awarded on a first come first serve basis, , during the application timeline or until funds have been exhausted each term. Applications are available starting 2 weeks prior to the start of the term and can be found on the Foundations website,


First-Year Experience (FYE)

The MSJC First-Year Experience (FYE) Program is designed to make sure you have a smooth transition into college life. They will provide you with extra support during your first two semesters so you can successfully complete your basic skills coursework and transferable college-level courses that contribute to your degree. For more information on the First Year Experience Program visit the MSJC First-Year Experience Website.

FYE Program Highlights


  • ​Orientation - College Life and Financial Aid
  • Access to Dedicated FYE Faculty and Counselors
  • Supplemental Instruction and Mentoring
  • Guaranteed seat in the sequential class
  • College Skills Workshops 
  • Career and Transfer Planning 
  • University Visits
  • Activities for FYE students
  • Savings on Textbooks 



If you receive TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), you will be required to participate in California’s welfare-to-work program. This is called CalWORKs. In Riverside County this program is called GAIN. Other counties may use other names, but all have the same basic program requirements. Adults in TANF families are required to sign and participate in a WTW (Welfare to Work) plan. This plan outlines mandatory activities that help adults in the family secure employment. There is a lifetime limit of 48 months for adults to receive TANF. You can ask the MSJC CalWORKs staff for information about California’s welfare-to-work program requirements or visit the MSJC CalWORKs Website.


GAIN/CalWORKs Program Highlights


  • CalWORKs Work Study jobs. Many TANF students are eligible for paid on-the-job training opportunities that will not reduce your TANF grant. These jobs can be either on-campus at MSJC or off-campus with a public or private employer.
  • Job search
  • Career exploration
  • Resume development and how to complete a job application
  • Interview preparation
  • Help with identifying potential employers
  • How to complete informational interviews
  • Legal issues
  • Connecting with other job search resources through the college, GAIN or in the community
  • Developing your own career path
  • Enrollment Fees are covered by the California College Promise Grant. Make sure your fee waiver is awarded to you prior to registration.
  • The county will pay for required textbooks for registered classes that are on your educational plan in accordance with your Welfare-to-Work Plan.



EOPS provides useful resources along with textbook vouchers to qualified students to assist with the purchase of their required textbooks. Students will receive an account once enrolled in 12 units (or less if you are in the Disabled Students Program), attended an EOPS Orientation, and have signed a Mutual Responsibility Contract. For more information on EOPS visit the MSJC EOPS Website.


EOPS Program Highlights

  • Academic, career and personal counseling

  • Career assessment testing

  • Tutoring services

  • Priority Registration

  • EOPS Book vouchers

  • Student and government association (SGA) Sticker/ Parking Permit

    • 5% discount on textbooks and other supplies at the bookstores! That pays for the sticker the first time you use it.

  • Transportation Fee

  • University Fee Waivers

  • Phi Theta Kappa Fees

  • CARE Program (based on eligibility)




Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) is a state funded program designed to provide assistance and support for single parent, head of household CalWORKs/TANF, EOPS programs.  The main goal is to help you obtain a degree, certification, transfer and/or marketable job skills to break the cycle of poverty, be independent of county aids and become productive members of society. In order to be eligible for care, students must also be eligible for EOPS.


CARE Program Highlights 

  • Counseling

  • Automotive maintenance/repair (pending funds)

  • Child care grant (pending funds)

  • Graduation packs

  • Gas cards

  • Assistance with books/some supplies

  • Community Referrals 


Veterans Resource Center

If you are a veteran who has served on active duty, a reservist, or a dependent of a veteran who is deceased or has a service- connected disability you may be eligible to gain resources and benefits to assist you through your education.  The benefits are designed to help service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with getting an education or training. The GI Bill has several programs and each is administrated differently -- depending on a person's eligibility and duty status. The term GI Bill refers to any Department of Veterans Affairs education benefit earned by members of Active Duty, Selected Reserve and National Guard Armed Forces and their families. For more information and eligibility requirements visit the veteran’s resource centers, or visit their website at MSJC Veterans Resource Center Website.





If you have any questions or comments about the information on this webpage please email                                                                                                                 Updated 5/9/2017 by Morgan Ward ​