Learn about the different kinds of financial aid programs and awards that could help you pay for your education.
Most federal and state funds offered are contingent upon the availability of funds. Financial Aid applications are accepted throughout the school year with a final filing deadline usually the 2nd Saturday in June of each year. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Pell Grant: Awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a Bachelor's or professional degree. Awards range from $602-$5730 based upon the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) ranging between 0-5158 and units enrolled. To apply, complete the FAFSA ^.
Effective July 01, 2012: Students are eligible to receive Pell grant for up to 12 full time semesters. This applies to all students regardless of when they received their first Pell grant. A student attending as a half-time (6 units) student is considered as having used half of a semester for purposes of tracking the Pell grant limits.
Tracking Your Lifetime Eligibility Used on NSLDS
You can find your Lifetime Eligibility Used for the federal Pell Grant by going to the Web site www.nslds.ed.gov and creating a student account. NSLDS, the National Student Loan Data System, tracks your lifetime Pell Grants, loan usage and overpayment status. If you have loans, you may view how much you owe and to whom.
The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
Step 1: Obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) from the U.S. Department of Education, Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records with the U.S. Department of Education systems. You can request a PIN via the U.S. Department of Education’s web site at www.pin.ed.gov
Step 2: Access NSLDS by going to www.nslds.ed.gov. On the NSLDS screen, click on Financial Aid Review
Step 3: Read the privacy statement on this screen. If you agree, click Accept to find your Lifetime Eligibility Used. A security configuration question may or may not prompt, depending on your browser’s current security configuration. If you are comfortable with your browser’s current security configuration, click Accept to continue. The Confirming Your Identity screen will appear after you click Accept.
Step 4: Enter your Social Security number (SSN), the first two letters of your last name, your date of birth, and your PIN to confirm your identity. Keep your PIN safe and secure.
Step 5: View the Financial Aid Review screen listing your total Lifetime Eligibility Used
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): Available to students whose expected family contribution (EFC) is zero. Students must be an undergraduate student and enrolled full-time. Awards range from $100 to $500. Payments are made once per semester. To apply, complete the FAFSA ^.
Federal Work-Study Program (FWS): Provides jobs for students with financial need. Jobs are 10-18 hours per week and students must be enrolled at least half-time. Awards range from $500 to $3,500. The vast majority of FWS jobs are filled at the beginning of the Fall semester and continue through the academic year. Payroll checks are disbursed once a month. Apply and view job posting after August 11,2014, here.
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The William D Ford Direct Loan program is financial aid in the form of a loan from the Department of Education to assist students only to pay for authorized educational expenses at the school that certified their loan eligibility.
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Direct Loan: West Valley College offers two types of loans - Subsidized and unsubsidized loans.
Subsidized loans are awarded to undergraduate students based on financial need. The federal government pays the interest as long as student is enrolled half-time, during grace period and deferment period. If the loan was/is first disbursed from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2014, the federal government will not pay the interest during the grace period.
Unsubsidized loans do not have a need criteria, however, the interest is paid by the student and interest accrues from the date of disbursement.
West Valley College is a Direct Lending School and does not offer private loans or participate in private or alternative loan program.
The State of California provides to eligible community college students a fee waiver that covers tuition, and a portion of the parking fee.
To apply, complete the Board of Governors Fees Waiver (BOGW) Forms ›
Eligibility for the fee waiver is determined immediately after submission of the application. Alternatively, if the student has already completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA ^ or CA Dream Act Application and listed West Valley College to receive their application information, the Financial Aid Office will automatically evaluate the student for fee waiver eligibility.
To qualify, a student must be a California resident and meet one of the following three categories.
Type A:(documentation required)
You or your family are receiving public assistance from the Aid to Families with Dependent Children or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (AFDC/TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or have certification from the California Department of Veterans' Affairs ^. Supporting documentation must be provided.
Type B: Your household income falls below certain State-designated levels.
Type C: You have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA ^ or CA Dream Act Application and listed West Valley College to receive your application information, and have been determined by the Financial Aid Office as having financial need.
CAL Grant B (Entitlement): A state program to assist low income/disadvantaged, first-year college students. Maximum academic year award is approximately $1648. Criteria such as income and grade point average are factors for eligibility. To apply, complete the FAFSA ^ or CA Dream Act Application and submit the GPA Verification form (available from your high school or college financial aid department) between January 1-March 2. Cal Grant B (Competitive) is available for students who applied between March 3-September 2 and meet the eligibility criteria. For more information: CalGrants.org
CAL Grant C: A state grant program to assist low and middle income students enrolled in occupational/career training programs with tuition and training costs. Maximum academic year award is approximately $547. Criteria such as income and grade point average are factors for eligibility. To apply, complete the FAFSA ^ or CA Dream Act Application and submit the GPA Verification form (available from your high school or college financial aid department) between January 1-March 2. For more information: CalGrants.org
Cal Grant Transfer Entitlement: A state grant program for students who were not previously awarded but are now transferring from a California Community College to an eligible bachelor degree granting institution in California. Criteria such as income, graduation from high school after June 30, 2000 and grade point average are factors for eligibility. To apply, complete the FAFSA or,CA Dream Act Application and submit the GPA Verification form (available from your high school or college financial aid department) between January 1-March 2.
Chafee Grant: Awarded to students who are aging out of foster care or emancipated from foster care, eligible for California Independent Living Program services, and between the age of 16-22. Maximum academic year award is approximately $5000. Students must demonstrate financial need and be enrolled at least half-time. To apply, go to: https://www.chafee.csac.ca.gov/ ^.
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To manage your Cal Grant and/or Chafee account(s) online, view updates, make school changes, make address changes and post leave of absence request, visit: mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/logon.asp
CalWORKS Child Care*: Is a state grant program to assist low and middle income students enrolled in occupational/career training programs with tuition and training costs. Criteria such as income and grade point average are factors for eligibility.
CalWORKS Work Study*: offers part time employment for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families formerly called AFDC) students participating in the CalWORKS program.
CARE › (Cooperative Agencies Resource for Education)*: A state program to help offset child care costs. Must be a CalWORKS participant.
EOPS › (Extended Opportunity Program and Services)*: A State funded program for low income students. Must meet income guidelines and be full time at the time of program certification. Awards generally range from $100 to $500.
*Subject to funding availability. Priority is given to students who apply early.
Special Alert from the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) warns you of scams targeting Cal Grant students.
There have been reports by students that they have been contacted by individuals claiming to be from the Commission who tell the student that they must pay money to receive, or reserve, their Cal Grant award. THIS IS NOT TRUE.
The Commission and its staff never ask for money or credit card information in order for a student to receive his or her Cal Grant award. A Cal Grant is free money, and students are never charged when applying for one using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application.
Please disregard these calls (or e-mails), and alert authorities immediately if contacted. If you believe you have been a target or a victim of financial aid fraud, please contact the Commission. You may also wish to file a report with your police department and/or notify the following agencies:
California Attorney General’s Office
Federal Trade Commission