UCI Programs

  • UCI Child Care Services The Infant Toddler Center offers a full-day program for children aged three months to 30 months. The center participates in the Child Nutrition Programs and provides a morning snack, a hot lunch, and an afternoon snack, as well as diapers, wipes, and formula. The center serves UCI students, staff, and faculty, and subsidized tuition is available to eligible student families through a grant from the State Department of Education.
  • UCI Extended Day Center The Extended Day Center offers an after-school program for children from transitional kindergarten through sixth grade. Bus service from Turtle Rock Elementary is available for TK-6th grade students and from Vista Verde Elementary for kindergarten-6th grade students (during the traditional school year). Bus passes are purchased through IUSD transportation. Extended Day participates in the Child Nutrition Programs, and provides a hot lunch (for TK and kindergarten children) and snack daily during the school year, as well as breakfast, lunch, and snack during the summer. The center serves UCI students, staff, and faculty, and subsidized tuition is available to eligible student families through a grant from the State Department of Education.
  • UCI Economic Crisis Response Grant
  • UC Ship Dependent Coverage


  • Children’s Home Society of CA This program supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based child care services.


Cal Fresh

  • CalFresh (also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) is a nutrition assistance program sponsored by the USDA that helps people purchase healthy foods. The program issues monthly electronic benefits on an EBT card that can be used at most grocery stores and farmer’s markets!
  • Eligibility: Explore the many different ways you can be eligible for CalFresh.
  • UCI Basic Needs Center offers CalFresh Application Assistance
  • Location: 800 W Peltason Dr. Irvine, CA 92617
  • Phone: 949-473-2806
  • Email: calfresh@uci.edu

Earned Income Tax Credit

CA Earned Income Tax Credit

  • The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) gives you a refund or reduced your owed if you work and have low income.

The Young Child Tax Credit

The Young Child Tax Credit

  • If you qualify for CalEITC (see above) and have a child under the age of 6, you may also qualify for a refundable tax credit through the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC).

CA Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children

CA Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

  • Promotes the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding people, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods and referrals to health care. You may qualify if you receive Medi-Cal, CalWORKs (TANF), or CalFresh (SNAP) benefits.



UC Irvine

  • ASUCI Anteater Safety-Net Grant Apply for the 2023-2024 term here The ASUCI Anteater Safety-Net Grant is aimed to assist students who demonstrate financial or personal hardship and meet the additional requirements of the Grant. The Grant award amount is $1,000 and up to 67 awardees will be selected during the Winter Quarter 2024.  If you have questions, please email svangink@uci.edu


  • Project Self-Sufficiency (undergraduate only) Project Self-Sufficiency helps low-income single parents in Orange County, California, graduate from college or vocational training with the skills necessary to achieve economic independence. We do this by providing customized, wraparound services throughout their educational journey and transition into careers.
  • Soroptimist Scholarship (undergraduate only) Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream Awards program is a unique education grant for women providing primary financial support for their families. Live Your Dream Award recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition, and transportation.
  • Raise the Barr  (undergraduate only) Raise The Barr’s scholarships support costs associated with pursuing career-track higher education for single parents in Minnesota and California, including child care and early childhood development education payments for their children.
  • Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation For women who are age 17 and older, low income, mothers with minor children, and enrolled at an accredited higher education institution
  • Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund (undergraduate only)For women who are age 35 and older, low income, US citizen or permanent resident, and enrolled at an accredited higher education institution (pursuing a technical, vocational, associate’s or bachelor’s degree)
  • OC Community Foundation Scholarship funds are established by local individuals, families, businesses, and organizations, They provide tuition assistance and financial support to new organizations to new and continuing college students, and many offer renewable awards.
  • Women’s Independence Scholarship Inc. The Women’s Independence Scholarship Program, Inc. began as a program of The Sunshine Lady Foundation (SLF) in 1999. The primary intent is to assist women who are survivors of intimate partner abuse with education that leads to a living wage and financial self-sufficiency, interrupting the cycle of financial abuse within the larger context of economic justice. In December 2007, SLF Founder and President, Doris Buffett announced her intention to endow WISP as its own entity. On July 1, 2008 WISP, Inc. emerged as a stand-alone organization with a mission to enhance efforts toward economic justice by offering a means to help survivors of intimate partner abuse access higher education. WISP is available nationally to women who have left an abusive intimate partner relationship and who are pursuing an education with the goal of providing economic independence for themselves and their children.