Basic Food, Employment, and Training (BFET)

The Basic Food, Employment & Training (BFET) program provides funding assistance with education, work training, and related support services to eligible individuals currently receiving (SNAP) DSHS federally issued Basic Food Benefits.

BFET services may include:

  • Assistance with tuition
  • Assistance with purchase costs of required textbooks and supplies for classes
  • Transportation assistance (such as bus/transit pass)
  • Educational planning and advising

BFET eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Must currently be receiving federally-issued DSHS Basic Food Assistance (SNAP).
  • Cannot be receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance from DSHS.
  • Must be enrolled in an approved professional/technical program (Certificate, AAS or AAS-T) - or pursuing required pre-requisites for a prof/tech program including math/English developmental classes, or pursuing A.S or A.B transfer program (A.A programs are not eligible), or Basic Studies classes (ABE/ESL/GED/HS+).
  • Must apply for federal financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA.

To find out if you qualify for BFET or other tuition assistance programs, take a brief survey and complete an application through Start Next Quarter (follow link below).

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Take the free Start Next Quarter survey. There is no obligation to follow through. Your responses remain anonymous unless you decide you want to do more. If you pre-qualify, you will be invited to attend a free education planning workshop where we will confirm your eligibility and help you determine your next steps.