Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET)


The Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) program provides aid to LWTech students receiving food stamps. BFTE is a federally funded program. This program helps students reach their educational and career goals. Additionally, It no longer requires them to get assistance from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

Through participation in BFET, students may be eligible for:

  • Paying for books and supplies (up to $250 per quarter).
  • Paying for Childcare through Working Connections Childcare (DSHS).
  • Eligibility for food stamps if denied before. And the continuation of food stamps while in school.
  • Career and educational advising and planning
  • Employment help through the Employment Resource Center.
  • Referrals to community partners.
Please note that the Lake Washington Institute of Technology BFET program only provides tuition assistance on a limited basis. The primary way students pay for school is through FAFSA.

Learn more about our Community Partners.


You may be eligible to participate in the BFET program if:

  • You are enrolled in a professional/technical program at the college and/or are in basic skills courses (ABED, ESL, GED, HS+). Students pursuing transfer degrees and Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees are ineligible.
  • You are committed to getting a job upon completion of your program. BFET is an employment program and requires that you have clear employment goals.
  • You are not receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
  • You are receiving Basic Food Assistance (Food Stamps) from DSHS.
    • If you believe you may qualify for federal food assistance through DSHS, the online Food Benefits Workshop provides additional application help and information. 
      • 1 person family – $2,010 ($24,120 a year)
      • 2 person family – $2,707 ($32,480 a year)
      • 3 person family – $3,403 ($40,840 a year)
      • 4 person family – $4,100 ($49,200 a year)
      • 5 person family – $4,797 ($57,560 a year)
      • 6 person family – $5,493 ($65,920 a year)
      • 7 person family – $6,190 ($74,280 a year)
      • 8 person family – $6,887 ($82,640 a year)
      • For each additional person add $696 a month, or $8,360 a year
  • You have applied for the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and had your application sent to LWTech. Your Financial Aid file must be COMPLETE (all documentation turned in and processed). Basic skills students do NOT need to complete the FAFSA.

Take the Start Next Quarter survey to find out if you pre-qualify for the BFET program and other Workforce Development assistance programs. At the end of this survey, you will be asked to sign-up for a Workforce Development Orientation session.

Apply for BFET

The BFET program and other Workforce Development support programs hold a weekly Workforce Development Orientation. At this orientation, you will learn about the college, campus resources, and the Workforce Development assistance programs you may be eligible for.

All interested students have to complete the steps to apply for the BFET program:

    1. Workforce Development Application
    2. DSHS Consent Form


Please note the BFET program has a waitlist at certain times throughout each quarter. Students are taken off of the waitlist on a quarterly basis. 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.