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Financial Aid Paperwork Delays YVCC Students

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YAKIMA, Wa.- Students at Yakima Valley Community College did not get their financial aid on time and that's keeping them out of class. YVCC administrators suggest applying for financial aid around late January, three months before the deadline.

"Students that apply on time, they already know financial aid options," said Leslie Blackaby, YVCC's Dean of Student Services.

That's not true for all students. Joshua applied in early February, registered for classes over the summer and now he learns he won't be attending the fall quarter.

"Last year they did request additional information, so we submitted it and it was fine," said Joshua Ruland, a YVCC student.

The financial aid office requested more information again this year.

"Never received the letter and if we had, we would have gotten the paper work in and would've been able to receive the financial aid," said Ruland.

Joshua isn't the only one who's not going to school this quarter, his wife and brother aren't either. Each quarter, tuition and books cost over $1,500 per student and Joshua says without financial aid, its hard to make ends meet.

We asked YVCC's Dean of Student Services what could have happened to the mailed letters. She said sometimes people don't update their addresses and personal information.

"We've lived in same house for 4 years, address hasn't changed and we've gotten everything else they've sent us," said Ruland.

Joshua will now have to wait at least 90 days for his paperwork to be processed.

"Some programs have sequential classes and if you don't start right at beginning of year you have to wait until next year," said Ruland.

Joshua sent a letter asking that his paperwork be processed before classes started. He was denied. The dean says students should check the processing of their applications early on to avoid situations like these.