Basic Food Assistance (BFET)
How Does BFET Help?
- You may qualify for Basic Food Assistance through BFET instead of working 20 hours per week.
- We report your school participation so you can apply for DSHS-subsidized childcare.
- Limited funding for tuition and selected support expenses is available under some circumstances.
- We offer referrals to on-campus and off-campus resources that may help you succeed in school.
What Do I Need to Apply?
- Qualify for Basic Food and complete all DSHS reviews by the DSHS-assigned due date.
- Study an approved Professional/Technical Associate Degree or Certificate Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I apply for BFET before applying for Basic Food?
If you have no dependent children and are between 18 and 49 years of age, you may save time by applying for BFET before you apply for Basic Food. Otherwise, it is usually possible to complete the applications in either order.
DSHS turned down my Basic Food application. Can I still apply for BFET?
Yes, if the reason that DSHS didn’t accept your application was that you couldn’t prove you were participating in a qualifying activity. If there is a different reason you didn’t qualify for Basic Food, you may not be eligible for BFET, but you are still welcome to contact us with any questions.
Are students pursuing a Direct Transfer degree (DTA) or Bachelors degree eligible for BFET?
Unfortunately, no. However, if you are interested in exploring professional/technical programs which may meet your needs, or have questions about other ways to qualify for Basic Food through work activities, please feel free to contact us.
Does BFET pay for __________ ?
Many colleges and community-based organizations offer BFET programs. Each college or organization has its own rules and guidelines about what BFET can fund, and how much it can pay. At Pierce College, BFET may be able to offer limited support services for books, transportation assistance or rental assistance. Pierce College BFET funding can be approved only when no other source of funding is available. Other restrictions to BFET funding may also apply.
Does the daycare at Pierce College accept DSHS childcare assistance?
Yes. To learn more, please visit the Child Development Centers web page.
- Washington Connection: Apply online for Basic Food and other services.
- Childcare Aware: Search for childcare providers and learn about other resources related to childcare.
- Washington State Division of Social and Health Services (DSHS): Learn more about the Basic Food program or find a nearby DSHS location.
- 211 Website: Find local resources for support services not provided by DSHS or Pierce College.