Financial aid workshops planned

Help offered to access funds

— Yakima Valley College will host federal and state financial aid workshops Oct. 19, Nov. 9 and 30, to help students complete aid applications.

The workshops will be in the Deccio Higher Education Center Room C210, 405 S. 14th Ave.

Each day will feature sessions beginning at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. Volunteers will be available to help students and answer questions. There is no cost to attend.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to apply for federal financial assistance for higher education. Each year, the U.S. Department of Education provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds to students in need.

In addition, many states and colleges use the FAFSA data to determine eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use FAFSA information to determine whether students qualify for their aid.

The Washington State Need Grant expanded eligibility to include low-income, non-citizen students who meet the program’s eligibility requirements and satisfy the following residency criteria:

• Have graduated from a state high school or obtained a GED (or will do so before beginning college);

• Have lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since, earning the high school diploma or equivalent

• Sign an affidavit to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply

Students, who are choosing a four-year university, community college, vocational or technical school, will receive help with the financial aid process.

Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend with their student. Students may attend alone; however, they will need to bring as many of the parent/guardian items as possible.

Student should bring:

• Social Security number and/or card (if applicable)

• Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) work authorization number and/or card (if applicable)

• Driver’s license or state identification card (if applicable).

Parents/guardians should bring:

• Social Security number and/or card and date of birth (if applicable)

• Parent income tax return for 2015. A valid email address for verification of pin.

Volunteers will be able to help get families FAFSA or WASFA application started with whatever information is provided and will help fill in the blanks when needed information has been obtained.

Additional workshops will be in January, February, and March 2017.

For more information call 509-574-4701.


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