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Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET)

The Basic Food Employment and Training program (BFET) is a partnership between Clover Park Technical College, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Department of Social and Health Services.  BFET provides employment training and services to individuals who receive Basic Food benefits (sometimes called SNAP or food stamps) or who are eligible to apply for Basic Food benefits.  

Upcoming Orientation Dates


Application Deadlines
Summer Quarter
June 1
Fall Quarter
September 1
Winter Quarter
December 1
Spring Quarter
March 1

BFET Participants May Receive

  • Ongoing mentoring and student support.
  • Financial assistance for tuition, books, required educational expenses, and emergencies.  (Financial assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis and may be limited by grant requirements, financial aid status, and grant fund availability.)
  • Ability to apply for child care subsidies through DSHS.
  • Connection with other college and community resources.
  • Low-cost local or cell phone services through the Washington Telephone Assistance Program (WTAP) through DSHS.
  • Free or reduced school lunches for their school-aged children.
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) OR the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) ; demonstrate unmet financial need.
  • Be actively receiving Federal Basic Food benefits (or be eligible to apply for Federal Basic Food benefits through DSHS) and NOT receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or Tribal TANF cash assistance.  
  • Be admitted into any of Clover Park Technical College’s Adult Education, Adult High School Completion, or career training programs (pre-nursing does not qualify). 
  • Eligible for Washington State resident tuition.
  • Not have earned a Bachelor's Degree.
  • Attend the mandatory BFET orientation.
  • Not be in default on student loans.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress according to CPTC’s financial aid policies.
  • Be willing to submit monthly progress reports.
  • Have income below the Federal Poverty Guidelines below:
Number in Family 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Monthly Income 2,010 2,707 3,403 4,100 4,797 5,493 6,190 6,887
Yearly Income 24,120 32,480 40,840 49,200 57,560 65,920 74,280 82,640


BFET/Workfirst Office Assistant
Jan Curtis

Associate Director of Eligibility Programs
Fran Matz

Office Hours:

Mon. and Wed. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tue. and Thurs. 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Fri. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Clover Park Technical College
Opportunity Grant/BFET Program, Financial Aid Office
Building 17, Room 102
4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499-4098

BFET Resources



Applying for food benefits and other services


Start Next Quarter: You may pre-qualify for college funding