Financial Aid

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Financial Aid Welcome

We make it our mission to help you remove obstacles that prevent you from pursuing your educational goals.  We will do our best to help you with your college finances—quickly and efficiently.

Have questions? Please contact the Financial Aid Office at: wvfaFREEWEST_VALLEY or visit us via Cranium Cafe with any questions.

Steps to Apply

There are just a few steps to apply. Need Help? 

Weekly Workshop

Join one of our weekly Financial Aid workshops offered throughout the semester. There are no workshops on holidays, including 11/24, 12/22, and 12/29.

  • Wednesdays from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM via Zoom.
  • Meeting ID: 734 916 0729

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance from the US Department of Education and the CARES Act provides additional flexibilities to institutions regarding the calculation of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements to receive aid.

Withdrawing from all courses will not negatively affect your Spring 2020 aid and your SAP status for the next term. If you are planning to officially withdraw from your Spring 2020 course(s), please consult with an academic counselor and notify a Financial Aid Advisor.  If you have questions about your financial aid status, please email the Financial Aid Office at

Federal work-study will still be paid for scheduled hours as of the closure (March 11, 2020) if you have FWS award funds remaining. Please check in with your FWS Supervisor about entering scheduled work on web-time entry.  If you have questions about your FWS award, please email the Financial Aid Office at

No, college staff are working hard to make sure that there are no disruptions in payments to students. The Financial Aid office will maintain the scheduled disbursement dates. Please email the Financial Aid Office at with any questions or concerns.

Students may be considered for more assistance by providing the Professional Judgement Special Circumstances packet to ensure they are able to stay in school. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at to request the packet or with any questions or concerns.

The Financial Aid Office has been given the temporary flexibility to allow students to submit copies of the required verification documents electronically by uploading a photo of the documents (including from a smartphone), PDF, or other similar electronic document through Cranium Café via our secure WVC Portal, by email, etc.

We also recognize that forms of identification (such as a driver’s license) may expire with no real and reasonable opportunity for renewal due to social distancing requirements. Institutions may accept a copy of an expired document if it expired after March 1, 2020.

The Financial Aid Office has been given the temporary flexibility to allow students to submit a note with an explanation of why neither of the parents are available to provide a signature.

Students drop classes the same way they always have through their WVC Portal. Students now have until April 25 to drop a full-term class.

For students who have already dropped (March 11 or later) with a "W," your record will be updated to reflect an "CW." Moving forward, students who drop during the "W" period will be assigned an "CW." Students will be considered for a refund for enrollment fees* for these courses by the end of the spring term. Students are encouraged to consult with a counselor prior to dropping a course to discuss other options and impact on progress.

Students who drop a course(s) between March 11 and April 25 will be considered for a refund/credit for enrollment fees * for each course that is dropped. Refunds will be automatically issued to student accounts before the end of Spring term.

* Please note the “CD” refund will only include the enrollment fees for the dropped course(s). Other student fees are not subject to refund. For more information on student fees, please visit WVC Tuition and Fees.

Financial Literacy

The Financial Aid office provides you with multiple resource for help with your money and most importantly; your life. Below you'll find tools you will need to obtain Financial Literacy. Whether it's preventing identity theft or budgeting your financial aid or saving tips. We are here to help.

Financial Aid Resources

Financial Resources




  • I Can Afford College: Promotes financial aid awareness and opportunities, includes community events, newsletters and other helpful tools
  • Mapping Your Future: Career exploration, job training, job salary comparisons, school selection techniques, financial aid information

Video Resources

Can I Afford College?

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid West Valley College

Financial Aid TV presents F-A-F-S-A (YMCA Parody)

CARES Act/HEERF Emergency Funds
Video chat on Cranium Cafe with West Valley Financial Aid
Get Help and Support

Assistance with other Financial Aid Advisors is available.

Pell Broadband

Beginning May 12, all Pell Grant recipients will be able to sign up for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program to receive a $50 per month subsidy to cover the cost of internet and up to $100 for a connected device.

Students can find more information and sign up at

Students can verify their eligibility with 1) an email that will be sent to Pell recipients from the U.S. Department of Education informing them of their eligibility for the EBB program; or 2) a screenshot of a student’s dashboard from this academic year with Pell receipt information shown.

Last Updated 1/5/22