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Grant provides assistance to undocumented students

YVC received a $321,850 grant to provide financial aid to undocumented students who are residents of Washington state during the Spring 2021 Quarter. The funding, provided through the state’s Emergency Relief Grant program, supports resident undocumented individuals who demonstrate financial need but do not qualify for federally-funded student financial aid due to their citizenship status.

This emergency assistance is especially important for undocumented students, who do not qualify for many other forms of relief during the COVID pandemic,” Financial Aid Director Oscar Verduzco said. “Providing access to higher education for everyone in our community is essential to Yakima Valley College’s mission. We are grateful to be able to provide this funding to students who are working to achieve their dreams and are valuable members of the Yakima Valley community.”

The grant was part of $5 million for undocumented students awarded to Washington institutions of higher education and administered through the Washington Student Achievement Council.