Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET)



The Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) program provides aid to LWTech students receiving federal Basic Food Assistance (food stamps) from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

Students on BFET may receive:

  • Funding for books and supplies (up to $250/quarter)
  • Funding for tuition, if available (tuition is primarily paid through Financial Aid)
  • Childcare Assistance through Working Connections Childcare (DCYF)
  • Career and educational advising and planning
  • Referrals to college and community resources
  • Support in navigating DSHS
  • Assistance with accessing other forms of financial aid


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

  • Are receiving federal Basic Food Assistance from DSHS
  • Are not receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from DSHS
  • Are enrolled in any certificate or Associate degree (including AAS, AAS-T, and transfer degrees) and/or basic skills courses (ABED, ESL, GED, HS+)
  • Are not enrolled in a BAS program
  • Have applied for the 2020-2021 FAFSA/WASFA and you have turned in any additional documents required by the Financial Aid office (basic skills students do not need to complete the FAFSA/WASFA to be considered for BFET)

How to Apply

Apply for Basic Food Assistance

Basic Food Assistance provides funding to help pay for food expenses and is an eligibility requirement for the BFET program. Many students qualify for food assistance, but do not apply. The combination of Basic Food, BFET, and Financial Aid can help students pay for education and living expenses while attending LWTech. You may qualify if your income falls within the following ranges:

  • 1 person family - $2,147/month ($25,760/year)
  • 2 person family - $2,903/month ($34,840/year)
  • 3 person family - $3,660/month ($43,920/year)
  • 4 person family - $4,417/month ($53,000/year)
  • 5 person family - $5,173/month ($62,080 /year)
  • 6 person family - $5,930/month ($71,160 /year)
  • 7 person family - $6,687/month ($80,240/year)

The Food Benefits application is available online through Washington Connection. For assistance in applying for Basic Food Assistance, please watch the "Applying for Food Benefits" video below or contact the BFET coordinator.

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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.

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