What is BFET?
Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) provides training and education with a goal of assisting Basic Food clients to attaining a living wage career. BFET services are available from all WA State community and technical colleges as well as many non-college community based organization (CBO) contractors. You can find more information such as the type of services and benefits on the public website.
Who can receive BFET services?
Most clients who receive federally funded Basic Food (SNAP) and are at least 16 years old can receive BFET services. Even clients with college education may benefit from retraining or job search services.
How can BFET help pay for college?
BFET students should utilize other forms of funding for tuition whenever possible. Typically all students who attempt to enroll into BFET will be asked by the college to apply for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of the enrollment process for BFET.
Who can't receive BFET services?
Clients who receive receiving TANF or the State Food Assistance Program (FAP) are not eligible to receive BFET. Also, clients who want to complete a Transfer degree or a degree higher than an Associates degree should not be referred to BFET.
Do clients have to participate in BFET?
No. To focus resources on the most motivated individuals, BFET is completely voluntary. Services are available for exempt and non-exempt clients eligible for federal SNAP benefits living in Washington.
How does a student become eligible for Basic Food through BFET?
If a client appears to be an ineligible student, give the client basic information about BFET to help decide if they could become eligible for Basic Food. Refer to WAC 388-482-0005 for student eligibility. BFET recipients who are college students are typically eligible students (pending other Basic Food eligibility factors).
How do I find a list of current BFET providers?
See our public web site for a list of BFET Partner Colleges and the counties in which they offer services.
How does a Basic Food client receive BFET services?
DSHS staff may provide the client with basic information about BFET as well as contact information for Colleges and CBOs. You can find a list of current contractors on BFET Brochures in your local office (a statewide version is in development) or the public BFET website.
The contractor will complete an intake to determine appropriate BFET eligibility and services. The contractor will open components/activities for eligible clients in eJAS.
If the student is enrolling in college and appears eligible for BFET, but is not yet on Basic Food, then the college will fill out a Referral to DSHS for BFET form 10-501. This form tells DSHS that the client will be accepted into BFET upon approval of Basic Food benefits, so the client should be considered an eligible student. The college will still have to open the eJAS BFET components after Basic Food is approved.
How do I know that a client is a current BFET recipient?
BFET Staff use the following procedures to refer (or confirm) eligible clients for services: