Basic Food and Employment Training

Support for individuals receiving federal food benefits from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)

BFET does not have a deadline for summer quarter.

BFET Programs Include:

  • General Education Development (GED®) for students over the age of 21,
  • 21 + HS Diploma (HS21) — the new high school completion program for students over age 21,
  • ESL classes, and
  • Vocational training — see the list of eligible programs.


  1. Receiving Federally Issued Basic Food (food stamps) with Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS),
  2. Not receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant, and
  3. No transfer degree programs of study.


Read our Frequently Asked Questions 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 benefits 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, except GED, HS21+ and ESL students, to complete FAFSA. FAFSA application is online. Find out more at Student Financial Services.  

BFET provides students with tuition and book support as they complete the financial aid process. 

To apply for BFET, call 425.640.1727 or follow the application steps.

All important information from the college, including BFET, will be sent via your EdMail account.

Educational Training

Edmonds Community College partners with the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to provide educational training for low income students receiving Federally Issued Basic Food (food stamps).

BFET helps students to:

  • 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.

DSHS provides a flyer that outlines the program. BFET information is also available from DSHS in 13 languages - please request if needed.

"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TTY).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."

Questions about BFET?

BFET has drop-in hours on most Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in our Gateway Hall Office, Room 106.

You can speak to a BFET Program Specialist, no appointments, first come-first served.

This time is available to new students or existing BFET students.