Financial Aid Application Process

Complete your FAFSA 25%

Go to Have the results sent to Yakima Valley College, using our Federal School Code 003805. File 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.

If you are not eligible to use the FAFSA, check on the WASFA to see if you may be eligible for state aid at

Active enrollment status 68%

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.

Verification process 100%

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 and emailed to students who have followed the steps listed above. The timing of notices depends on the date the file was completed and the number of applications received. Please be sure to check with the Financial Aid office to ensure your email is up to date.

Additional Information


File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) if you are not eligible to file the FAFSA due to immigration status.


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


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.​