WorkFirst Program

The WorkFirst program at South Seattle College assists recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance from Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) who need training in order to enter the workforce.

WorkFirst funding typically covers career training such as Short–Term TrainingAssociate of Applied Science (AAS), as well as GED or High School completion programs. WorkFirst participants are referred by DSHS, and your DSHS case manager will need to approve your program of study. If you qualify, you may also receive funding for your tuition and textbooks.

WorkFirst Services Include:

  • Tuition assistance
  • Emergency student support funding assistance on a quarterly basis
  • WorkFirst Work Study (Paid work experience — on or off campus. See advisor for details.)
  • Educational planning and advising

How to Get Started

To find out if you qualify for funding, take a brief survey at For questions please contact the Workforce Education Office at or (206) 934-5835.

Learn more about additional ways to pay for college.

Note: You may be eligible for WorkFirst if you are receiving TANF cash assistance and have an electronic referral from your DSHS case manager.

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