Beginning with the 2016-2017 financial aid application cycle, the application process moves up from opening on January 1 to opening on October 1, almost a full year before the start of the regular school year in September.  Applicants, particularly those considering enrolling in four-year schools, should complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the next school year as soon as then can after October 1.  The first financial aid award notices for fall are usually mailed in summer.  Some Washington residents who are non-citizens may qualify for State Need Grant in the  2016-2017 year.  The State Need Grant application site for state residents who do hold official U.S. residency or who do not have an official  Social  Security Numbers is ReadySetGrad.org/WASFA.

The first group of students awarded will typically be students who have filed a   FAFSA before March 1 and have completed their financial aid files as early as possible.  After YVCC makes a determination and awards grants, students may request loans if they do not qualify for grants or want to supplement their grants.

DUE DATES for Required Documents

Documents should be considered due within two weeks of notice. However, your Student Financial Aid Portal displays a due date when the our system determined the document was

needed.   Documents are reviewed in the order received and priority is based on the application date and the date the file became complete.  We recommend applying before March 1.  All documents will be reviewed unless submitted after the last date of enrollment  for the aid year.  To ensure review and receiving all aid for which you are eligible, all documents must be submitted at least one  month prior to the last date of enrollment for the aid year.  A complete financial aid file means that any/all required documents have been submitted to and processed by our office (and the student is in good standing for receiving financial aid).  Although the Financial Aid Office works hard to have as much aid as possible ready at the start of Fall Quarter,  later FAFSA filers or admits may receive a response later in the year and may not have aid ready by the beginning of fall quarter.


Summer is the last term of the YVCC aid year.  Look for the summer aid application on our forms page beginning the second week in May.  Aid is limited to Pell Grant (if you have not used a three full-time quarters of during the school year, and remaining Stafford Loan eligibility for the school year.   There may be  a limited amount of grant funding for students graduating in summer.

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

1 Complete your FAFSA



Apply for FAFSA

Have the results sent to Yakima Valley College, using our Federal School Code 003805 as early as possible.

If your family has already filed their income tax forms for the base year, we recommend using the IRS retrieval tool to populate the income data on your FAFSA.

2 Active enrollment status


Have an active enrollment status at YVCC.  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.

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.