Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET)

If you receive federal Basic Food benefits, the BFET program may help you gain in-demand skills, earn a credential, and find employment at a living wage.

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  • Funding for tuition, class fees, required textbooks, and school-related transportation costs
  • Educational advising, including an education plan designed to help you efficiently complete your program of study
  • Advising to address barriers to academic or personal success
  • Help navigating college processes and services
  • Referrals to college and community resources
  • Verification of school schedule for students receiving the Working Connections Child Care subsidy

You may qualify for the BFET program if:

  • You are interested in an approved degree or certificate program.
  • You are committed to finding employment after the completion of your training program. BFET students must have an employment goal.
  • You have lived in Washington state for the past 12 months and/or qualify for resident tuition rates.  (Nonresident students may still qualify for partial tuition funding.)
  • You are not receiving TANF cash assistance from DSHS.  (Students receiving TANF may qualify for the WorkFirst program instead.)
  • You are receiving federal Basic Food assistance (food stamps) from DSHS. If you meet the income qualifications below but are not receiving food assistance, you can apply online at washingtonconnection.org.
  • You must be within the following gross income guidelines:

Income Guidelines (2022)

Household/Family SizeMonthly Gross Household IncomeAnnual Gross Household Income
12,26527,180
23,05236,620
33,83946,060
44,62555,500
55,41264,940
66,19974,380
For each additional family member, add $787 monthly or $9,440 annually.

To find out if you qualify for Basic Food assistance, you can apply online at WashingtonConnection.org

If you’ve previously applied and been denied due to being a college student and not meeting the work requirement, please contact Workforce Education at 425-564-4054. BFET may be able to provide a referral to DSHS to help you qualify for Basic Food.

How do I get more information?

Attend a Workforce Education Information Session. You can register for a Zoom info session, held Tuesdays at 2:30pm, or download the info session PowerPoint to review on your own time.

Last Updated May 16, 2022