YVC hosts FAFSA/WASFA Workshops to Help Students Gain Access to Money for College

Yakima, WA- Yakima Valley College will host FAFSA/WASFA workshops this spring to help students complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). Workshops will be held on the Grandview Campus. Volunteers will be available to help students and answer questions. There is no cost to attend. Please see below for a complete list of workshops and additional information:

Grandview Campus; 500 West Main Street, Grandview, WA 98930; Main Building, Building 56, Room 123
Monday, April 9, 2018; Monday, April 30, 2018; Monday, May 14, 2018; Monday, June 11, 2018; Monday, July 9, 2018; Monday, July 30, 2018
3:00 pm-6:00 pm

FAFSA: The FAFSA is required to apply for federal financial assistance for higher education. Each year, the U.S. Department of Education provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds to students in need. In addition, many states and colleges use the FAFSA data to determine eligibility for state and institutional aid, and some private financial aid providers may use FAFSA information to determine whether students qualify for their aid.

WASFA: The Washington State Need Grant expanded eligibility to include to low-income, non-citizen students who meet the program’s eligibility requirements and satisfy the following residency criteria:

  • Have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED (or will do so before beginning college)
  • Have lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since, earning the high school diploma or equivalent
  • Sign an affidavit to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply

Whether you choose a four-year university, community college, vocational or technical school, this event can help you receive financial aid. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend with their student. Students may attend alone; however, they will need to bring as many of the parent/guardian items as possible.

Student should bring:

  • Students Social Security number and/or card (if applicable)
  • DACA work authorization number and/or card (if applicable)
  • Driver’s license or state identification card (if applicable)
  • If you were born after December 31, 1994 bring parent(s) and their 2016 income data (W-2’s or year-end pay stub and/or 2016 tax return)
  • If you were born before January 1994, are married, have dependents you support or are active in or a veteran of the U.S. armed services, bring your 2016 income data (W-2’s or 2016 tax return)
  • A valid email address for establishing Federal Student Aid ID (FSA-ID)
  • Students Tax Return & W-2’s if employed in 2016

Parents/guardians should bring:

  • Parents Social Security number and/or card and date of birth (if applicable)
  • Income tax return for 2016.  If this is not available, students and families can estimate the information using 2017 year-to-day income information
  • A valid email address for establishing Federal Student Aid ID (FSA-ID)

These documents may not be available to all students, but do not let it discourage you from coming. Volunteers will be able to help get your FAFSA or WASFA application started with whatever information you can provide and you will be able fill in the blanks once you have obtained all the needed information. All information and documents shared with volunteers will be kept private and confidential.  Information will only be used to help students and families apply for financial aid.

For more information: 509.574.4701 or 509. 834.4502.

Information provided by event coordinator, http://readysetgrad.org/wasfa, and https://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa.

Jay Frank / 509.574.6870 / jfrank@yvcc.edu
Stefanie Menard / 509.574.4646 / smenard@yvcc.edu