NEED-BASED ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS


There are three main types of need-based financial aid that may be included in a student's financial aid award notice from the financial aid office:

  1. GIFT AID (funds are not repaid)  may be in the form of a grant, scholarship or waiver. Awards are based on student eligibility, need based on FAFSA data, and available funds.

  2. LOAN (funds must be repaid, but may be deferred while the student is in school)  Federal Direct Stafford Loans are based on student request after eligibility for grants has been determined.

  3. WORK (a job for which the student is paid)  Work Study awards are based on student request after eligibility for grants has been determined. Awards are restricted by the availability of funded positions.

YVCC ADMINISTERS THE FOLLOWING NEED-BASED AID PROGRAMS:

​Gift Aid​Self Help Aid
FEDERAL PELL GRANT: A federal grant program. The student must enrolled for at least one credit per quarter. The student must meet federal eligibility requirements. FEDERAL ​WORK STUDY: Federally funded student employment program authorized by the the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The student must meet federal eligibility requirements C urrently, jobs are on-campus with payment on a monthly basis. The student must be enrolled in at least six credits.
FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL GRANT: A federal grant program. The student must be a Pell recipient and enrolled for at one credit per quarter. The student must meet federal eligibility requirements with priority given to Pell  recipients.STATE WORK STUDY: Washington State funded student employment program that is the second oldest statework study program in the nation. Currently, jobs are on-campus with payment on a monthly basis. The student must be enrolled in at least six credits. The student must meet federal eligibility requirements and be a Washington State resident.
WASHINGTON STATE NEED GRANT: A state grant program. The student must be a Washington State resident and be enrolled in at least three credits per quarter.  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).FEDERAL DIRECT(SUBSIDIZED) STAFFORD LOAN: A low-interest federal loan program. No interest accrues on this loan while the student is enrolled at least half-time. The student must be enrolled in at least six credits and show "need" to request this loan. (Loan request forms are available after grant-eligibility is determined.)
​WASHINGTON COLLEGE BOUND SCHOLARSHIP: A state scholarship program for residents who enrolled in the program in middle school and have met all conditions. The student must meet federal eligibility requirements and be a Washington State resident.​​
​TUITION WAIVER: A state-authorized grant program that pays/waives a portion or resident tuition. The student must meet federal eligibility requirements and be a Washington State resident.
YVCC GRANT: A state-authorized grant program. The student must meet federal eligibility requirements and be a Washington State resident enrolled in at least three credits per quarter.

Other need based programs

Other need-based or proof-of-eligibility tuition assistance programs may be available to eligible students. The Career Connection Center is located in the Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center located in the southwest corner of YVCC campus. Please call the Career Connection Center at (509) 574-4911 for current programs and requirements.

Worker Retraining Financial Aid

The Worker Retraining Program provides training assistance to individuals who are receiving WA State Unemployment Insurance benefits. 

Worker Retraining Financial Aid

WorkFirst Financial Aid

WorkFirst Financial Aid assists TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) parents in gaining the skills needed to become employed.​

WorkFirst Financial Aid

BFET Program

Basic Food, Employment and Training Program (BFET) provides services to Basic Food (Food Stamp) recipients in Washington State.


BFET Program

Financial aid funds (except work study) pay college tuition and fees first.  Any remaining funds will be refunded during the academic term if the student has met all eligibility requirements. Please note, however, that YVCC's ability to meet the financial need of all YVCC students is limited by student eligibility, the number of qualified students, and funding allocations. Students may not have their need fully met by financial aid and students may need to reduce expenses or secure additional resources beyond the expected family contribution to pay for college expenses.