Yakima Valley College campuses are offering free fafsa workshops

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YAKIMA Wash. -- Yakima Valley College campuses in Yakima and Grandview are hosting numerous fafsa and wasfa workshops to show students how to receive federal aid.

Students will receive step by step help by financial aid professionals, and they say this year there might be a couple of changes.

Financial Aid Program Specialist for YVC Jessica Vigil says this year if students are applying for the fall 2017 to 2018 period they must remember to bring the tax form of two years prior rather than one year prior.

“For the upcoming fall quarter of 2018, both applications will be completed using 2016 information," said Vigil.

Fafsa is a free application for federal student aid that can be filled out by any college student to determine if they are eligible to receive money for school.

According to the U.S Department of Education, each year students receive more than $150 billion in grants, loans and work-study funds.

Student at YVC Grandview Itzel Lujan has been going to YVC for two years now, and she says having federal aid has helped her get through college.

“It’s helped me out a lot because it allowed me to come to school and it’s paid for everything for me and that’s a huge help because my family wouldn’t be able to do that," said Lujan.

Students that are not U.S citizens, permanent residents or under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, can also receive federal aid through a different program.

“They don’t qualify to complete the fafsa application but they can complete the wasfa application which is Washington State aid," said Vigil.

Vigil says wasfa is intended to help low – income or non – citizen students.

She says it’s important for students to be informed and apply for federal aid even if they don’t qualify because they might be able to receive money from other places like scholarships.

“It’s an opportunity to fund your education and you don’t know what you could be eligible for until you apply for the application," said Vigil.

The priority date to turn in your application is March 1st.

For the fafsa website click here.

For the wasfa website click here.

The Yakima Campus will be hosting workshops:

Wednesday February 7, 2018 and Wednesday March 7, 2018.

At Deccio Higher Education Center, building 8, room 216

2:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm.

The Grandview Campus will host workshops:

Thursday February 15, 2018 and Thursday March 8, 2018

At the Main Building, building 56, room 123

3:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

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