Basic Food Employment Training (BFET)

Basic Food Employment Training and Renton Technical College

Do you need assistance with child care, tuition, fees or books? Yes! The Basic Food Employment and Training program (BFET) provides access to training and career services to food stamp recipients who are not participating in the TANF program. At RTC, students who are eligible for BFE&T services may receive:

  • Advising prior to the start of each quarter
  • Educational and employment planning
  • Tuition and books, as funds allow, if not eligible for federal financial aid
  • GED/ESL or Adult Basic Education classes
  • Support for child care through DSHS Working Connections
  • Referrals to community agencies participating in BFE&T

Do You Qualify?

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must currently be receiving FEDERAL Food Benefits from DSHS (food stamps)
  2. Must be registered at RTC (or planning to attend RTC)
  3. Must not be receiving TANF from DSHS

Get Started

Are you a New or Returning Student at RTC?

  • Meet with an Entry Adviser to learn about a program and get started. Entry Advisers are available on walk-in or schedule an appointment by calling (425) 235-5840.
    • Complete Admissions Application
    • Complete FAFSA
    • Complete COMPASS Testing
  • Sign up for BFET Information Workshop (425) 235-5840*
  • Complete Workforce Financial Aid Application and turn in to BFET Counselor
  • Start classes

Are you a Current Student at RTC?

  • Sign up for BFE&T Information Workshop (425) 235-5840*
  • Complete Workforce Financial Aid Application and turn in to BFE&T Counselor

*Information Sessions available every Monday call (425) 235-5840 to schedule.

Priority Deadlines for BFE&T Applications and Funding

Deadline Quarter
June 15, 2015 Summer 2015
September 1, 2015 Fall 2015
December 15, 2015 Winter 2016
March 16, 2016 Spring 2016
June 15, 2016 Summer 2016

Due to limited availability of funds, submitting an application does not guarantee that you will receive an award.

Once the BFE&T has reached capacity, a waitlist will be generated. In order to determine eligibility for the BFE&T and be added to the waitlist, please complete the BFE&T application and provide proof of residency and income. The Basic Food Employment and Training grant has limited funds; being added to the waitlist does not guarantee that you will receive a BFE&T award.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our counselors.

More Information

  • For more information on Basic Food Assistance, and to apply online, click here.
  • For more information on Working Connections Child Care, and to apply on-line, click here.
  • To apply for these services in person, this link allows you to search for a DSHS Community Service Office near you.