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YVCC hosts free FAFSA workshop

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YAKIMA, Wash- The average cost of a public university now is $19,000 a year; for private schools its $39,000 according College Board…way out of the price range of most Americans.   Yakima Valley Community College is trying to help by holding a free financial aid workshop.  Organizers say this will be different from other college planning workshops because it provides hands-on help. 

"This is actually, like I said, one-on-one technical assistance. If a student brings all the documents that we need they will walk away with their application complete", says Wendy Barrett of Yakima Valley Community College.

The program is Sunday January 24 from one to four in room 206 of the Deccio Building of Yakima Valley Community College.  Organizers encourage people who need help paying for college to turn in their FAFSA as soon as possible.  


Below is the information from YVCC about the event:

Yakima Campus-Yakima Valley Community College will host College Goal Sunday on January 23, 2011 from 1:00-4:00pm. College Goal Sunday is a free, on-site program that helps students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA form is required to apply for federal financial assistance for higher education. The event will provide step-by-step instructions for filling out the FAFSA and volunteers will be available to help students and answer questions. Whether you choose a four-year university, community college, vocational or technical school, College Goal Sunday can help you get financial aid.

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:

  • Your Social Security Number and/or card
  • Your alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your driver's license or state identification card, if you have one
  • If you are 23-years-old or younger, bring parent/guardian and their 2010 income data (W-2's or pay stub and/or 2010 tax return)
  • If you are 24-years-old or older, bring your 2006 income information

 Parents/guardians should bring:

  • Your Social Security number and/or card
  • Your alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your driver's license or state identification card, if you have one
  • W-2 forms and other records of any money earned in 2010
  • Parent or guardian completed federal income tax return for 2010. If this is not available, students and families can estimate the information and make corrections to the FAFSA at a later time.
  • Current bank statements
  • Untaxed income records for 2010: Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare, or veterans benefits records
  • Business/farm and other real estate records
  • Records of any stocks, bonds and other investments

These documents may not be available to all students, but do not let it discourage you from coming.  Volunteers will be able to help get your FAFSA application started with whatever information you can provide and you'll be able fill in the blanks once you have obtained all the needed information. All information and documents shared with College Goal Sunday volunteers will be kept private and confidential. Information will only be used to help students and families apply for financial aid.

For more information about College Goal Sunday visit www.collegegoalsundaywa.org or call 888-758-2253.  For more information about College Goal Sunday at YVCC: 509.574.6800 ext. 3156 or wbarrett@yvcc.edu.