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.
Steps to Apply
There are just a few steps to apply. Need Help?
Join one of our weekly Financial Aid workshops offered throughout the semester (except holidays).
- Wednesdays from 3 PM - 4 PM via Zoom.
CARES Act Funds
West Valley College acknowledges that we signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and intend to distribute 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
West Valley College received $1,008,040.00 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
As of December 21, 2020: $740,150.00 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants have been distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
As of December 21, 2020: 6,995 is the estimated total number of students eligible to participate in the program under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1).
As of December 21, 2020: 885 students have received an emergency grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- Phase 1 - West Valley College utilized the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data and a local Emergency Needs Grant Application to determine student eligibility. Based on student enrollment, the per-student award amount varied between $750 and $1000.
- Phase 2 – Remaining CARES Act Funds will be determined by the Emergency CARES Act Grant Application submitted by students enrolled in Summer 2020 and Fall 2020.
Students who are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic should contact the Student Needs department to apply for emergency funds.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
- View the Financial Literacy PowerPoint
- Download the Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) Budget Worksheet
- Download the "Practical Money Skills for Life" guides for additional information
- View Counting Ahead for financial articles and other tools on how to make informed financial decisions
Financial Aid Resources
- California Student Aid Commission: Information specific to California financial aid programs.
- Veterans Affairs Education and Training: Benefits for eligible veterans includes a monthly educational allowance and a tutorial allowance
- Selective Service System Registration and online confirmation
- Internal Revenue Service: Request tax transcripts, account transcripts, or W-2s online
- Federal Student Aid: Read frequently asked questions about financial aid
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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 GetEmergencyBroadband.org.
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 studentaid.gov dashboard from this academic year with Pell receipt information shown.