West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Steps to Apply

Money shouldn’t get in the way of your education, especially since we make it easy and fast to find assistance where we can. Follow these quick steps to step into a classroom.

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Complete the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Act Application.

Free Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application ^

If you plan to attend the Summer 2014 semester then you must complete both 2013-14 and 2014-15 FAFSA applications.  Make sure to list the West Valley College school code (001338) on your application to ensure that we receive a copy of your application data. Obtain a U.S. Department of Education PIN. U.S. Department of Education PIN Application ^  This PIN will serve as your electronic signature when completing your online FAFSA.



We encourage current AB 540 eligible college students, and current AB 540 eligible high school students who plan to attend WVC to use the Dream Act Application. Complete application instructions and the Dream Act Application are available online at: www.caldreamact.org. AB540 students must complete the AB540 affidavit with the WVC Admissions Office.

Free workshops available
for additional 1-0-1 assistance

Every Wednesday at 10-11:30am in the A&R Building Lobby OR Saturday, 5/3/14 at 12:30-2pm in Fox Center, Room 105.  Sign up with the Financial Aid Office.


Update your email with
Admissions & Records.

Check your email often for important Financial Aid communications.


Submit all required documents
listed as missing.

Log onto WVCPortal ^, under Financial Aid, choose My Documents, to submit all required documents listed as missing.


Download the required forms.  


Submit all of the required documents
at one time in one of the following ways:

  • Scan and email to: wvfa@wvm.edu
  • Mail to: WVC Financial Aid Office, 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA 95070
  • Drop Box-located outside Financial Aid Office in the Admissions & Records building
  • In person-during the Financial Aid Office hours
  • Fax to: 408-867-7337

Allow 2-3 weeks for processing.  

You may log onto WVCPortal ^ to check your status at any time.


If you need a Direct Loan  

Stop by the Financial Aid Office and pick up a Direct Loan Request Packet .


If you are interested in a
Federal Work-Study job.

Download and submit the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Student Agreement upon completing your financial aid file.


Financial Aid Office

Summer Office Hours:

Monday 8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm 
7/23/14 8:30am-11:30am, 2:30pm-5:00pm
Thursday Closed 
Friday Closed 

Phone: 408 741-2024
Email: wvfa@westvalley.edu


Please read the latest and important Federal Updates for financial aid.


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