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WorkFirst

WorkFirst Financial Aid, formerly known as Work-Based Learning Tuition Assistance, is intended to assist TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) participants by providing tuition, fees, and book assistance toward the goal of helping parents to gain the skills needed to become employed or to advance in employment through wage and skill progression.

General Student Eligibility Guidelines

If you are eligible for WorkFirst Financial Aid, it can pay for tuition, required fees, and books for:
  • Vocational courses or sets of courses
  • Vocational certificate/degree programs when a student is not eligible for other forms of financial aid
  • Basic skills classes, including ESL and high school completion
  • Customized job skills training leading to work
  • Continuing Education courses that are job related
  • GED testing

All WorkFirst Financial Aid assistance is contingent on the availability of funding.

WorkFirst Work-Study is also available to students who are receiving TANF to provide employment opportunities while attending school. Positions are available on and off-campus and must be related to the student's area of study.

Contact WorkFirst Financial Aid

Lisa Welch, Program Specialist
lwelch@centralia.edu
(360) 736-9391, ext. 237
Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:00am–5:00pm