NEED-BASED ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
There are three main types of need-based financial aid that may be included in a student's financial aid award notice from the financial aid office:
- GIFT AID (funds are not repaid) may be in the form of a grant, scholarship or waiver. Awards are based on student eligibility, need based on FAFSA data, and available funds.
- LOAN (funds must be repaid, but may be deferred while the student is in school) Federal Direct Stafford Loans are based on student request after eligibility for grants has been determined.
- WORK (a job for which the student is paid) Work Study awards are based on student request after eligibility for grants has been determined. Awards are restricted by the availability of funded positions.
YVCC ADMINISTERS THE FOLLOWING NEED-BASED AID PROGRAMS:
- FEDERAL PELL GRANT: A federal grant program. The student must enrolled for at least one credit per quarter.
- FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL GRANT: A federal grant program. The student must be a Pell recipient and enrolled for at one credit per quarter.
- WASHINGTON STATE NEED GRANT: A state grant program. The student must be a Washington State resident and be enrolled in at least three credits per quarter.
- COLLEGE BOUND SCHOLARSHIP: A state program for residents who enrolled in the program in middle school and have met all conditions.
- COLLEGE TUITION WAIVER: A state-authorized grant program. The student must meet federal eligibility requirements and be a Washington State resident.
- YVCC GRANT: A state-authorized grant program. The student must meet federal eligibility requirements and be a Washington State resident enrolled in at least three credits per quarter.
- WORK STUDY: Federal or state funded student employment program. Currently, jobs are on-campus with payment on a monthly basis. The student must be enrolled in at least six credits.
- FEDERAL DIRECT (SUBSIDIZED) STAFFORD LOAN: A low-interest federal loan program. No interest accrues on this loan while the student is enrolled at least half-time. The student must be enrolled in at least six credits and show "need" to request this loan. (Loan applications are available after grant-eligibility is determined.)
Other need-based or proof-of-eligibility tuition assistance programs may be available to eligible students. The Career Connection Center is located in the Yakima Valley Tech Skills Center located in the southwest corner of YVCC campus. Please call the Career Connection Center at (509) 574-4911 for current programs and requirements.
Financial aid funds (except work study) pay college tuition and fees first. Any remaining funds will be refunded during the first week of each academic term if the student has met all eligibility requirements. Please note, however, that YVCC's ability to meet the financial need of all YVCC students is limited by student eligibility, the number of qualified students, and funding allocations. Students may not have their need fully met by financial aid and students may need to reduce expenses or secure additional resources beyond the expected family contribution to pay for college expenses.