WorkFirst is Washington State's welfare reform program (TANF-Temporary Aid for Needy Families) that assists low-income individuals to obtain education, find jobs, and become self-sufficient.

The WorkFirst program at Green River College pays 100% of tuition, required books, and fees for TANF parents who are currently receiving a cash grant from the Division of Social and Human Services (DSHS).

Steps for WorkFirst parents to receive tuition assistance at Green River:

  • Obtain referral from case manager to attend school
  • Sign up and attend WorkFirst new student orientation
  • Apply for admission online

Orientation Sign Up

Sign up and attend WorkFirst new student orientation: WorkFirst orientations are open every Wednesday at 11 a.m. (except on holidays). Please contact Workforce Education located in the Student Affairs building, SA-270, for locations scheduled for these orientations. Call 253-931-6550.

Reporting Absences

WorkFirst parents who are currently enrolled at Green River College may report absences by calling 253-931-6550 or by email.

Printable Forms

Printable Participation Tracking Sheets and IEP forms are available for students attending Green River College.


Community Resources Online (CRO) is the most comprehensive database of health and human services. With more than 6,000 service listings, it is a very effective way to find assistance. For resources like transportation, health clinics, legal help, rent or utilities assistance, food banks, emergency shelters and much more call 2-1-1 to speak to a referral specialist or go to


Contact Workforce Education

Phone: 253-931-6550

WorkForce Education is located on Green River College's main campus in Auburn in SA-270

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