The WorkFirst program provides aid to LWTech students receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from DSHS. WorkFirst is a federally funded program. 

Students on WorkFirst may receive:

  • Funding for books
  • Funding for tuition and fees (students are encouraged to apply for Financial Aid to determine PELL and state grant eligibility)
  • Career and educational advising and planning
  • Priority registration


You may be eligible to participate in the WorkFirst program at LWTech if you:

  • Are referred to the WorkFirst program coordinator by DSHS 
  • Are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from DSHS
  • Are enrolled in a professional/technical program at the certificate or Associate level, and/or basic skills courses (ABED, ESL, GED, HS+)
  • are not enrolled in a DTA or BAS program

Please note: students receiving both Basic Food Assistance and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from DSHS are only eligible for WorkFirst and not Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET).

How to Apply

Apply for TANF 

If you are not currently receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) through DSHS but would like to check your eligibility and apply, the application is available online through Washington Connection

Additional Information and Resources

For resources related to the impact of COVID-19 on the campus community, please see Coronavirus Information and Resources. Community resource information related to the pandemic is available through our Community Resource webpage. If you were recently laid off or are receiving unemployment due to COVID-19, assistance applying for Unemployment Insurance (UI) through the Employment Security Department(ESD) can be found on the Worker Retraining webpage.