Basic Food and Employment Training (BFET)
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College Success Skills Class
New to college? Returning to school for employment retraining?
BFET students can participate for free in our Workforce Education College Success Skills Class held daily for three weeks before the start of each quarter. Learn all the skills you need to succeed at EdCC before you start your first class. Learn how to navigate all the technology, tools and resources available on campus. BFET students will be able to access Working Connections Childcare services for this course. We strongly encourage all new BFET students to take advantage of this course.
Next course – Sept. 3-20, 2013
Edmonds Community College partners with the Department of Social and Human Services (DSHS) to provide educational training for low income students receiving federally-issued Basic Food (food stamps). BFET helps students access college, receive training and gain employment. BFET helps with tuition, fees and books. Childcare assistance is available to BFET students. Basic Food referrals to DSHS are available to BFET eligible students.
BFET programs include:
- GED® for students over the age of 21
- HS21 – the new High School completion program for students over the age of 21
- ESL classes
- Vocational training – see the list of approved entry-level career training certificates
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. Referrals are provided throughout the year. Students receiving TANF assistance will not be eligible for BFET.
Questions? See our FAQ or call 425.640.1727.
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.
All important information from the college, including BFET, will be sent via your EdMail account.