WorkFirst Tuition Assistance

If you are eligible for or currently enrolled in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, you may be able to participate in WorkFirst. WorkFirst helps participants find and keep jobs, and may be able to help you pay for college and other expenses.

    WorkFirst Benefits

    • WorkFirst tuition assistance/financial aid (tuition, books, fees)
    • WorkFirst work study (paid work experience)
    • Customized job skills training (full-time customized vocational training programs)
    • Courses in essential life skills (work attitude and values for employment success, customer service, and financial literacy)
    • Testing preparation and fee waiver for college placement exams
    • Computer skills training
    • Educational planning and advising
    • Employment services such as resume assistance, job search, and connecting to employers
    • Referrals to on-campus and off–campus resources

    WorkFirst Application Procedure

    1. Speak to your Department of Social and Human Services (DSHS) case manager about your interest in attending Seattle Vocational Institute.
    2. Call our front desk at 206.934.4950 to make an appointment with a WorkFirst Advisor.
    3. Read important links about TANF: About the TANF program, and apply for TANF.

    Are you Eligible?

    The WorkFirst program is for Washington State residents who are responsible for the care of children or who are pregnant. Some of the requirements you must meet include:

    • Income and resource requirements
    • Citizenship and alien status requirements

    Eligibility for TANF benefits and the WorkFirst program is based on your family size and income. To be eligible for TANF, your family must have resources of $1,000 or less. Resources may include:

    • Checking and savings accounts
    • Stocks, bonds or mutual funds
    • Vehicle equity over $5,000