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Start Next Quarter

Start Next Quarter is a simple, online survey that can pre-qualify you for college funding. The short, anonymous survey lets you know if you qualify for Worker Retraining or Basic Food Employment & Training funds, or an Opportunity Grant.

Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) Program

The BFET program is a partnership between Centralia College and the Department of Social Health Services (DSHS). Eligible individuals must currently be receiving or are qualified to receive basic food assistance. The BFET program assists with education and skills training.

On a fund available basis the BFET program assists food stamp eligible students with tuition and/or book assistance and may assist with childcare referrals with Working Connections (DSHS).

Student Eligibility Guidelines

In order to qualify for the BFET program students must currently be receiving DSHS Basic Food Assistance (Federal). Students cannot be receiving DSHS TANF cash assistance (see WorkFirst for more information about funding for education) and must be enrolled in a Professional/Technical program or in ESL, ABE, or GED program courses (Transfer Degree programs are not eligible).

Types of Assistance

  • Tuition and fees
  • Textbooks
  • Testing fees
  • May assist with some required class supplies

How to Apply

If you would like to apply to the BFET program or if you have questions, please contact Debra Caviness at 360-623-8374 or email

Contact WorkFirst Financial Aid

Lisa Welch, Program Specialist

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 8am–5pm