Basic Food, Employment & Training (BFET)

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

  • Tuition assistance
  • Books
  • Childcare verification
  • Transportation (such as bus pass)
  • Educational planning and advising

Qualifying for Benefits

Student eligibility requirements to receive BFET assistance 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 college–credit professional–technical program.  
  • Must apply for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA).
  • Most BFET awards require co-enrollment with another state grant, such as Worker Retraining or Opportunity Grant.  Occasionally stand-alone funds are available.

How to Get Started

Apply for BFET assistance by attending an education planning workshop at SVI. During the workshop Workforce Services staff will provide detailed information about our programs and help you outline your next steps.

To sign up for a workshop go to For questions and concerns please call our office at 206.934.3854.