Paying for College

Paying for college can be one of the toughest parts of earning your degree—but it doesn’t have to be. We’re here to help you obtain financial aid to accomplish your goals and fulfill your dreams. If you qualify, a variety of grants and loans are available. The process is not difficult but requires you to apply for aid, and responding to our information requests, in a timely manner.

You can access information about your aid application and financial awards by logging in to the Financial Aid Portal.

Types of Financial Aid

Financing a college education is an investment in the future. Federal and state financial aid programs, as well as privately funded scholarships, are designed to provide additional financial resources for students who are serious about attending Yakima Valley College but do not have adequate resources to pay the full cost of attendance on their own. YVC offers several kinds of financial aid which include:

Financial Aid in 9 Steps

Apply online using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

YVC’s Financial Aid Office receives your FAFSA data, and requests information from you. Be sure to regularly check your YVC email. You can also find information that we request on the Financial Aid Portal.

Submit requested information to the Financial Aid Office. Submit all information at one time and make sure your name and Student Number are on each page.

After submitting your requested information, it takes 2-6 weeks for your information to be reviewed, depending on the number of files.

Financial Aid Office reviews information and if necessary corrects FAFSA data. This may take several weeks, so do not make any changes to your FAFSA data during this step. Corrections will be processed through the Financial Aid Office and federal processor.

Financial Aid Office determines your eligibility for aid and sends an email notifying you of your award. Be sure to regularly check your YVC email and Financial Aid Portal.

Review your award notification available in your Financial Aid Portal and complete all requirements for awards that you wish to accept. For loans, you need to visit Financial Aid Portal and accept the loan, and visit and log in to complete Entrance Counseling and approve the master promissory note (MPN).
Set up the method in which you want your award distributed from YVC’s Cashier Services. YVC uses uses Higher One to provide electronic distribution of financial aid funds to students.

The financial aid refund options include:
a) Higher One card (funds are available the same day)
b) ACH transfer to the student’s own bank account (funds are available 2-3 business days)
c) Paper check from Higher One mailed to the student (funds available 5-7 business days)

Financial Aid funds are generally available the Friday before the quarter begins. You must be enrolled, making satisfactory academic progress and meet all requirements for aid. If the amount of your aid exceeds your bill, you will be eligible for a refund.