Basic Food and Employment Training
Apply by May 31 for summer funding!
New! College Success Skills
You may be required to participate in a College Success Skills class held daily for three weeks before the start of each quarter. The Summer Quarter class meets June 10-28 in the Gateway Building.
BFET students will be able to access Working Connections Childcare services for this course.
Edmonds Community College partners with the Department of Social and Human Services (DSHS) to offer vocational education opportunities to low income students receiving federally issued food stamps (Basic Food) through DSHS.
Earn your GED, take ESL classes, or get a certificate
BFET can help you get started with funding assistance for tuition and books. BFET also partners with DSHS to assist our students in obtaining childcare while they attend classes. Students are required to select a BFET-approved course of study.
BFET programs include:
- GED for students over the age of 21
- ESL classes
- vocational certificates — see a list of approved entry-level career-training certificates in your application packet
Eligibility: Be receiving federally issued food stamps through DSHS
BFET can assist a student in obtaining their Basic Food services with a referral to DSHS. We provide referrals throughout the year. Students must not be receiving TANF at the beginning of the quarter.
Questions? See our FAQ or call 425.640.1727.
All important information from the college, including BFET, will be sent via your EdMail account.
Financial Aid and Other Information
Grants: Federal Pell Grant and State Need Grant
Most students will qualify for two types of grants (which do not have to be paid back): the Federal Pell Grant and the State Need Grant. Students who receive food stamps typically qualify for both grants. Low-interest subsidized student loans are also offered to offset a student’s basic needs, such as rent. Loans are part of the federal financial aid package, but they have to be paid back.
Federal Student Aid: Free Application for Federal Student Aid-FASFA
BFET requires all students enrolled in college level classes (numbered 100 and above) to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA application is online. Find out more at Student Financial Services. GED and ESL students will complete the FASFA when they begin college courses.
BFET provides a student with a single quarter of tuition and book assistance as the student completes the financial aid process. Once the student receives the Federal Pell Grant BFET can no longer provide financial assistance.
To apply for BFET, call 425.640.1727 or download the BFET application.