Get started... it's Easy as 1, 2, 3

1 Complete your FAFSA


Go to http://www.fasfa.gov. Have the results sent to Yakima Valley College, using our Federal School Code 003805

 as early as possible.  The FAFSA (and WASFA for Washington state residents who cannot complete the FAFSA) are now open on October 1 almost a full year ahead of the start the award year. For example, beginning October 1, 2017, you can apply for financial aid for the 2018-2019 school year.

If your family has already filed their income tax forms for the base year  (the base year is two years prior to the first year of the financial aid award year), we recommend using the IRS retrieval tool to populate the income data on your FAFSA if available.

If you are not eligible to use the FAFSA, check on the WASFA to see if you may be eligible for state aid at http://readysetgrad.org/wasfa.

2 Active enrollment status


Have an active enrollment status at YV​C.  If you will return after an absence of more than 4 quarters excluding summers, submit a new application for admission to Admissions.  Active enrollment status will be assumed for former students by the financial aid office; however, the student is responsible for maintaining eligibility to register for classes. Financial aid is available only to students enrolled in eligible programs in regular standing.

3 Verification process


Submit other documents as requested.  If the federal processor selects you for verification, or we need to clarify your status or information on your application, we will request additional information.

This might include copies of IRS Tax Transcripts, a Verification Worksheet or other documents.  Many of the forms will be available from the Forms link in the left column on this page.


Award notices are posted in the Financial Aid Portal for students who have followed the steps listed. Timing of notices depends on the date the file was completed and the number of applications received.  Awarding for the new year generally begins about a month after the close of the State Legislature and the Governor's approval of state funding levels.

Additional Information


Is a process by which the financial aid office confirms your eligibility by verifying certain data elements that are key to assessing your financial need.​


Report changes in circumstances such a reduced income due to loss of a job, divorce, incapacitation or death of a family member etc...


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is used by college students to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.



YOUR GRADES ARE IMPORTANT! Your grades will be checked to be sure you have passed your classes and your GPA is at least a 2.0 ("C" average). Check out the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for information about maintaining your eligibility. ​