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

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Money shouldn’t get in the way of your education, especially since we make it easy and fast to find assistance where we can.

Click on each of the steps below for details. 

1. 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 2015 semester then you must complete both 2014-15 and 2015-16 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.  It is your responsibility to follow the below steps to ensure that your file is reviewed for completion.


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.   It is your responsibility to follow the below steps to ensure that your file is reviewed for completion.

2. Free workshops available for additional 1-on-1     assistance

Every Wednesday at 10-11:30am in the A&R Building Lobby. Sign up with the Financial Aid Office.

3. Update your email with Admissions & Records.

Check your email often for important Financial Aid communications.

4. Submit all required documents listed as missing.

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

5. Download the required forms.

6. 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

7. Allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

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

8. Direct Loan

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

9. 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


Fall Hours: 

9/8/14 - 1/16/15

Monday  8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Tuesday  8:30 AM - 6:00 PM 
Wednesday  8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday Closed
11/11/14  Closed - Veterans Day
11/26/14 8:30 AM -  12:00 PM
11/27-28  Closed - Happy Thanksgiving
12/22-31  Closed - Merry Christmas
1/1-2        Closed - Happy New Year

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

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