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Grants and Scholarships

Types of Financial Aid

YVC offers several kinds of financial aid  beyond grants and scholarships which include:

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships can be an important part of how you pay for college.  Eligibility and criteria for scholarships varies widely – they may be awarded on the basis of academic achievement, leadership potential, artistic talents, athletic ability, career plans, field of study, or special hobbies or interests.

TheWashBoard.org  is a free, student-centered, online clearinghouse for Washington students seeking college scholarships. This user-friendly site allows students to search and apply for scholarship opportunities that are specific to their academic interests, college, university, or other criteria. Students can easily see what criteria are required and apply for only those scholarships that are a good fit.  Scholarships are available year-round, so students should keep their profile up to date and log-in periodically to see if there are new matches.

Financial aid and scholarship wizard – US Department of Education financial aid and scholarship wizard.

SallieMae – Scholarship Search – College Answer features over 600,000 scholarships, grants, tuition waivers, internships and fellowships.

College Board Scholarship Search – Locate scholarship and other information that matches your educational level, talents, and background.


A state scholarship program for residents who enrolled in the program in middle school and have met all conditions. Eligible  student must meet State Need Grant requirements at below the 65% MFI level and meet program enrollment/usage requirements.

The scholarship covers tuition (at comparable public colleges), some fees, and a small book allowance.

Note: Foster youth in grades 7 through 12, up to age 21, who have not graduated from high school, are automatically enrolled. They are considered to have a complete application for the College Bound Scholarship via a data exchange between the Washington Student Achievement Council and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) is available for Washington students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, math, and health care. We provide students with up to $22,500 in scholarship funding towards a 4-year college degree and connect them with peer and professional mentors to help them achieve success from the first day on campus to their first day on the job.

Since its inception in 1977, the YVC Foundation has provided student scholarships and supported the college. The Foundation board is made up of alumni, business, civic, and professional leaders.

The YVC Foundation administers and awards scholarship funds from several different donors. A complete list of Scholarships & Awards is available online. Applications for the YVC Foundation scholarships are available each year beginning the first day of winter quarter and are due the second week of March. The application can be found online.  The Foundation staff will match recipients to the appropriate scholarship(s). Scholarships are presented at the annual awards ceremony held in June.

To learn more about the YVC Foundation or to become a donor, contact the Foundation Office at 509.574.4645.

Yakima Valley College is currently accepting applications for the Beyond DREAMing Scholarship. This scholarship provides support to DREAMer (undocumented) students with educational expenses while attending Yakima Valley College. To be eligible for this scholarship, a college and/or high school student must have submitted a Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) for the 2019-2020 academic year and must be planning to attend YVC in the fall, winter, and/or spring quarter of the 2018-2019 academic year. This scholarship is available to students taking 10 ten or more credits per quarter and can be used to cover the cost of tuition.

Beyond DREAMing Scholarship Application deadline to Apply: April 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm.

Beyond Dreaming Application

Completed applications can be submitted to:
Yakima Valley College
Counseling and Advising Center
Deccio Higher Education Center, Building 8, Room 164
PO Box 22520
Yakima, WA 98907

For more information: 509.574.4701 / mvasquez@yvcc.edu

Downtown Yakima Rotary has been awarding scholarships to local high school students for over 50 years. While it is possible to go back and calculate the amount of money awarded (well in excess of a million dollars), the incalculable amount is the investment in our local students. The Rotary scholarships are the shining star of the club. No other single part of the club has had such as lasting impact on our community like their scholarships.


Academic Scholarships

Yakima Rotary provides the opportunity for local graduating high school students from Davis, East Valley, Eisenhower, Highland, LaSalle, Naches Valley, Selah, Riverside Christian, and West Valley high schools, along with homeschooled students within their districts and Running Start students to apply for fifteen Academic Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each.

The scholarship to be used as at a post-high school institution beginning the fall after graduation is based upon academic performance; citizenship in the school and community environment; a personal essay; and letters of recommendation. Applications for the Academic Scholarship are normally available in February. Once chosen, winners and their guests will be invited to attend a Downtown Rotary Club noon luncheon.

Vocational Scholarships

Yakima Rotary provides Vocational Scholarship opportunities for high school students and those attending YV-Tech, Stanton Academy, Yakima On-Line, and older students who are currently or will be attending Perry Technical Institute, Heritage University and YVC. Recipients must be enrolled or planning to enroll at a post-high school vocational institution, a 2-year terminal vocational program, or an applied baccalaureate program at a community college within one year of the scholarship award. Completion of the program must result in a degree or certification. Criteria is based upon the quality of the applicants training plans, the student’s commitment to the plan, financial need, and progress toward their goals.

Applications are normally available in January or February. Winners and their guests will be invited to attend the Downtown Rotary Club noon luncheon to receive their awards.

Mary Monroe Davis left an educational legacy to Yakima County. On behalf of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, the Yakima Rotary Trust has established a scholarship program to assist residents of Yakima County who plan to continue their education in undergraduate study. Applications are available early winter quarter. http://yakimarotarytrust.org/new-mary-monroe-davis-scholarship/​

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program Receive up to $2,500 to pursue a career or technical certificate/degree

Eligibility Criteria:

Have completed high school (or earned a GED)
Will be enrolled in eligible program in Fall 2017
Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
Be under the age of 30
Be a United States citizen
Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies.  All scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the recipient.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships can be worth up to $40,000 per year to students transferring to four year institutions.  The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities.

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) compiles a listing of scholarships for ALL Students regardless of immigration status. This is an extensive list of scholarships that may not inquire about immigration status or require a valid social security number to redeem the award. It is suggested that you look through the scholarship list and select scholarships that are applicable to you. As a general rule, if an application asks for your social security number and you do not have one yet, leave that space blank but fill out and turn in the application. Lying about your legal status or providing a false social security is a federal offense.

Federal & State Grants Opportunities

Grants generally come from three main sources. Grant are offered through the federal government, state government, and institutions (your college). While some grants require students to meet specific criteria in order to receive them, most grants offered by the state or federal government are awarded based solely on financial need.

Federal, state and institutional grants for undergraduate students provide financial aid funding that does not need to be repaid.

Federal Grants

The student must enrolled for at least one credit per quarter. The student must meet federal eligibility requirements and not have earned a bachelor’s degree. Eligibility ends after equivalent of six full-time years of Pell, 150% of credits required or bachelor’s degree (whichever is first).

Awarded based on financial need. Students may receive the Pell Grant for a maximum of three (3) full-time (12 credits or more) quarters per academic year. The grant is prorated for less than full-time enrollment. Eligibility is limited to a lifetime maximum of 18 full-time quarters.

The student must be a Pell recipient and enrolled for at least one credit per quarter. The student must meet federal eligibility requirements with priority given to Pell recipients.

Awarded based on financial need. Students may receive the Pell Grant for a maximum of three (3) full-time (12 credits or more) quarters per academic year. The grant is prorated for less than full-time enrollment. Eligibility is limited to a lifetime maximum of 18 full-time quarters.

WorkFirst programs are federally funded and are designed to support students who are TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients.

Students who qualify for WorkFirst Financial Aid may be eligible for:

Assistance with tuition, books and fees (pending the availability of funds)
Childcare assistance through Working Connections/Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
Educational advising and personal support
Program Eligibility Criteria:

Completion of the FAFSA
Live in Washington State
Receiving TANF benefits
Approval from  the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to attend school
Enrolled in vocational, professional technical non-transfer degree or certificate program

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YVC’s Basic Food, Employment, and Training (BFET) provides services to Basic Food (Food Stamp) recipients in Washington State. Services may include establishing or maintaining eligibility for Basic Food while in school, child care subsidy, job search training, and other support services.

  • Eligibility for Working Connections Child Care through the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
  • Eligibility to receive Basic Food Benefits (Food Stamps) while enrolled in college
  • Financial assistance with college related expenses
  • Support Services

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Receiving or eligible to receive Basic Food Benefits (Food Stamps)
  • Eligibility is based on household income at or below 200% of the federal poverty rate
  • You must not be receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • You must be a US Citizen or Legal Resident
  • You must be enrolled in a Professional/Technical program (Transfer degree programs are not eligible)

*Please Note: Enrollment in BFET is based on eligibility and availability of funds. Students must reapply each quarter. 

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State Grants

A need based grant awarded to eligible Washington State residents up to the cost of tuition. The student must be a Washington State resident and be enrolled in at least three credits per quarter and must not have earned a bachelor’s degree.  The student must meet either federal eligibility requirements and be a Washington State resident or meet the state residency requirements under HB 1079 (Real Hope/Dream Act).

Eligibility ends at maximum of 15 full-time quarters or 125% of required credits. No eligibility for associates degree for 5 years after earning an associates degree.

The Opportunity Grant program helps low-income students complete up to one year of college and a certificate in a high-wage, high-demand career.

To be eligible you must:

Opportunity Grant provides assistance with tuition, fees, and books to low-income students who are enrolled in specific, high-demand career pathway programs at YVC. The approved programs at YVC include:

  • I-Best (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) programs: Agriculture, Business Technology, Early Childhood Education, and Nursing Assistant Certificate.
  • Additional eligible programs include Allied Health, Nursing AAS, Business Technology, and Early Childhood Education.

Priority funding goes to students who are enrolled in one of the I-BEST programs. Must be a Washington State resident to qualify.

Learn more about the Opportunity Grant.

The College Bound Scholarship program is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school and fulfill the scholarship pledge.  Below are links to the resources you will need.

Sign Up: eligibility and application information

Fulfill the College Bound Pledge: pledge requirements and financial aid information

The state of Washington has created the Passport to College Promise for foster youth who are under 22 and are emancipated from the foster care system. This new program is designed to encourage you to prepare for and succeed in college.

You may be eligible to receive the following:

A scholarship, along with other assistance, that will go toward your tuition and living expenses for up to five years of higher education. The maximum need-based scholarship amount is currently $6,000 per year.
Guidance from college academic and financial aid counselors.
The Washington Student Achievement Council (WASC) will determine eligibility for this funding source.


For more information, please call 360.992.2039.

The Education & Training Voucher Program (ETV) is a national program for youth who qualify and are likely to age out of the foster care system.

ETV offers financial help to current and former foster youth to attend colleges, universities, vocational or technical programs. The ETV program helps students in their own efforts to secure financial aid to enroll in postsecondary programs.
The ETV program has up to $5,000 in funds available to eligible students.
ETV awards can help fund tuition, fees, books, housing, transportation and other school-related costs.
For more information, please call 360.992.2307.

The Early Achievers Grant is a student financial aid program to help employed child care providers and early learning educators complete certificates and associate degrees in early childhood education.

To be eligible, you must:

Be a Washington state resident or have a valid work visa.
Be employed as a child care provider at a child care center, family child care business or Head Start/ECEAP program that is actively participating in the Department of Early Learning’s Early Achievers.
Work a minimum of 10 hours a week or 40 hours a month at an eligible child care program.
Have worked in the eligible program for a minimum of three months.
Intend to enroll in an approved Early Childhood Education program at the college.
Make a formal application to the college.
Services Provided
Funding for:
Tuition and fees up to 52 credits to be used within four years.
Required books and supplies up to $1,000
Students may also get:
Career planning
Loaned textbooks, calculators or laptops
College success classes
Emergency child care
Emergency transportation
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The Governors’ Scholarship was established to assist Washington youth who will emancipate from state or federally recognized foster, group or kinship care to enroll in and complete degrees or certificates at eligible colleges in Washington. The College Success Foundation manages the Governors’ Scholarship program.

Approximately thirty new scholars are chosen each year.
Scholarship award amounts range from $2000 to $4000 depending on the college of attendance.
Scholarships can be used up to five years until completion of the student’s program of study. Students must be enroll full time and maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to renew scholarships each year.
Washington State Governors’ Scholarship for Foster Youth

For more information, please call 360.992.2582.

Yakima Valley College Grants

Yakima Valley College Grant is an institutional grant that does not have to be repaid. This grant is available to you if you’re a Washington State resident with high financial need. Eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office.

Washington residents demonstrating financial need may be eligible to have all or part of their resident tuition paid. Eligibility is determined at the time of awarding, and students must submit a FAFSA or WASFA application to be considered for this award. This award only applies to tuition. Students must pay their mandatory and course fees. No refunds will be issued on awards exceeding tuition costs.

Loan Opportunities

Generally, there are two types of student loans:

Federal student loans: These loans are funded by the federal government.
Private student loans: These loans are nonfederal loans, made by a lender such as a bank, credit union, state agency, or a school.
If you need to borrow money to pay for college or career school, a federal student loan is probably your best option.

The three types of federal student loans are:

  • Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans;
  • Direct PLUS Loans (for graduate and professional students or parents)
  • Federal Perkins Loans

The US Department of Education has a website that explains all of the ins and outs of financial aid. Visit www.studentaid.ed.gov for comprehensive, reliable information on all of your loan and other financial aid options.

Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program

Federal Direct Stafford Loans provide additional support to many students. The federal program maintains low interest rates and offer a variety of repayment plans. However, if you have to borrow, borrow wisely. Federal student loans are low-interest loans which require repayment. Yakima Valley College participates in the Direct Stafford Loan program which provides the best benefits for you as a borrower. This program is not a credit history-based program. Both subsidized and unsubsidized loans are available. To learn more, please review the Student Loans page.

To qualify, students must complete the FAFSA each year.

Federal Parent PLUS Loan Program

The Federal Parent PLUS loan program is a credit-based loan program available to all qualifying parents. You’ll first need to complete the FAFSA before your parents can borrow money under this program. If your parents are denied the loan because of their credit rating you will be eligible for additional funds under this loan program. Contact the Financial Aid Office if this situation applies to you.

To qualify, students must complete the FAFSA each year.

Learn more about Federal Student Loans

You can learn more about Federal Student Loans with this brochure.

Work Study Opportunities

The State Work Study (SWS) program helps low- and middle-income undergraduate and graduate students earn money to pay part of their college costs while gaining valuable work experience in jobs related to their interests and goals. This allows students to develop career skills and job connections while avoiding added loan debt.


To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • File for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid).
  • The student must meet federal eligibility requirements and be enrolled in at least six credits. Currently, jobs are on-campus with payment on a monthly basis.

Note: U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens should complete the FAFSA. Students who are ineligible for federal financial aid but who have DACA (Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals) status should file the WASFA. For more information on which form to file, see our WASFA questionnaire.

  • Be a resident of Washington State.
  • Enroll at least half-time in an eligible program.
  • Not be pursuing a degree in theology.
  • Not owe a refund or repayment, or be in default in another financial aid program.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Be able to work legally in the United States.


Awards are based on the availability of funds and your determined financial need. While awards vary, students generally earn between $2,000 and $5,000 per year. Students may not work more than an average of 16 hours per week while enrolled- depending on their award.

How to Apply

You will automatically be considered for State Work Study when you file the FAFSA or WASFA. Contact the Financial Aid office for more information.

Learn more about how work study and student employment works at YVC.

Beware of Scams

Beware of scholarship scams! DO NOT pay any organization or individual to apply for scholarships or for scholarship lists. Legitimate scholarships NEVER ask for an application fee. Find more information about avoiding scams by the Department of Education.