WorkFirst is a program designed to help eligible Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) parents with their educational goals. You may be eligible if you are receiving cash assistance from DSHS. WorkFirst students may receive financial assistance to cover tuition, fees, and books.
Students may enroll in GED® and Basic Skills classes as preparation for work-related purposes or college classes. Students may also enroll in any of our certificate programs. These programs are typically completed within one year.
Students are encouraged to apply for Federal Financial Aid to help pay for those classes. This process may make you eligible for a Federal PELL grant or state grants. Grants are funds you don't have to pay back as opposed to loans, which you do have to pay back. For those students who are not able to receive grants, WorkFirst may have funds available to pay for classes, depending funding resources.
For information on GED® and Basic Skills, call Kelsie Doyals at (425) 576-5811.
For information on certificate programs, call Kelsie Doyals at (425) 576-5811.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology offers several tuition assistance programs to help you get the skills that will prepare you for work.
Worker Retraining: Laid-off workers, displaced homemakers, self-employed, and unemployed.
WorkFirst Tuition Assistance: Current TANF recipient.
Opportunity Grant: Low-income Washington residents in a business, accounting, or healthcare programs.