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Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET)

You may be eligible for the federal BFE&T program if you:

  • Are receiving or eligible to receive federal food assistance from DSHS
  • Are not receiving TANF cash assistance
  • Are in a career training program of study leading to a certificate or an Associate in Applied Science degree, or GED, ABE, EAP classes

Benefits for student may include:

  • Continued food assistance while in college/work requirement waived while enrolled
  • Childcare assistance through DSHS for time spent in college
  • Tuition assistance
  • Transportation assistance (funds are limited)
  • Basic needs resource referral
  • Career and academic advising

Your household can have income up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and be eligible for Basic Food. Asset limits also don't apply to households with total monthly income under this limit.

Household SizeMonthly Income

For more information on the federal Basic Food program or to apply for food assistance, please visit for Washington state residents.

Get Started

Next Steps

  • After you have registered for classes, complete a Workforce Education Application packet available at the Counseling & Advising counter in Bldg. 7.
  • After your application has been reviewed, if you are eligible for the BFE&T program you will be contacted to make an appointment to discuss your Employment & Education Plan with the TCC BFE&T Case Manager.


For more information, stop by the TCC Counseling & Advising counter in Bldg. 7, call 253.566.5188 or email.


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