Higher Education Opportunity Act

Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008



HOW INFORMATION IS DISCLOSED (Website link / Information)

Privacy of Student Records



Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information



Student Financial Assistance



State Grant Assistance



Entrance Counseling for Student Borrowers



Exit Counseling for student borrowers


nslds.ed.gov ^

Private Education Loan Disclosures


WVC does not participate in Private Loans

Code of Conduct for Education Loans


Not applicable to WVC

Preferred Lender Lists


Not applicable to WVC

Preferred Lender Arrangements


Not applicable to WVC

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program



Notice of federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations:


Not available on the web

Vaccination Policies






Student Body Diversity

Disaggregated success and transfer data


westvalley.edu/research/Documents/Fact_Book/ ^


Academic Programs Listing



Instructional Facilities


wvm.edu/group.aspx?id=176&linkidentifier=id&itemid=176 ^

Educational and Facilities Master Plan

Faculty Listing



Transfer of Credit Policies


2011-2012 Catalog pages 4-7

westvalley.edu/documents/catalog/2011-2012_WVC_Catalog.pdf ^


Articulation Agreements:


UC and CSU

assist.org/web-assist/welcome.html ^

Institutional and Program Accreditation


westvalley.edu/documents/accreditation/WVC_Final_Report_02-23-09.pdf ^



Through Career Programs. Program licensure not available

Copyright Infringement and Sanctions


WVMCCD Computer and Technology Use:

wvm.edu/content.aspx?id=3076 ^
(Last Updated February 22, 2007)

Illegal Distribution of Copyrighted Materials

West Valley College students are prohibited from using the West Valley-Mission Community College District (WVMCCD) information network to illegally download or share music, video and all other copyrighted intellectual property. West Valley College supports the Higher Education Opportunity Act and Digital Millennium Copyright Act, including efforts to eliminate the illegal distribution of copyrighted material. Under the law, college administrators may be obligated to provide copyright holders with information about users of the WVMCCD information network who have violated the law.

Be aware that illegal forms of downloading and file sharing as well as the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials are violations of the law and may subject you to academic sanctions from the college through the college's student conduct and discipline policies (as published in the College Catalog) as well as criminal and civil penalties, including a lawsuit against you by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Learn more at www.campusdownloading.com ^. In addition to being illegal, file sharing drains the WVMCCD network's bandwidth, which slows computer connections for students and employees who are using the network for legitimate academic purposes and ultimately costs the college money. There are plenty of easy, affordable ways to get music online legally. To protect their intellectual property, companies have licensed hundreds of digital partners that offer a range of legal downloading options, including download and subscription services, legitimate peer-to-peer services, video-on-demand, podcasts and CD kiosks. For a list of sources that offer legal downloading sites, access www.riaa.com ^.

Quick Textbook Facts

  • In 2004, according the US Government Accounting Office, students spent an average of $900 per year on textbooks.

  • In 2010, according to the California Student Aid Commission (PDF) , the yearly costs of "books and supplies" are estimated at $1,620 for each student who will take up to four classes per semester, for two semesters

  • According to the National Association of College Stores, textbook margins (difference between cost and retail price, reflecting work required to bring products to market) nationwide is about 26.9%.

  • Our Bookstore's margin is 20%. This means that if it costs our Bookstore $100 to have the book available, the retail price to students would be $125. All proceeds from the margin directly support services within Student Activities and the operations of the Campus Center. (See bookstore audit by Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co. LLP, dated March 2010).

  • In compliance with HEOA regulations, our Bookstore provides information on all course materials adopted for use on campus through the store website westvalley.bncollege.com. Information includes author, title, ISBN, publisher, edition, new and used purchase price and new and used rental price.

How West Valley College is Keeping Textbook Costs Low

  • In cooperation with the Campus Bookstore, the College has adopted many of the recommendations provided by the State Chancellor's Office of California Community Colleges.

  • The Campus Center proceeds and support will rely on a 20% margin. The 20% margin is well below the national average.

  • The College has a "book loan" program administered through A&R where students are loaned money to purchase their textbooks and then repay that loan. Since 2007, the College has loaned more than $77,500 in loans.

2007200820092010 (Fall)
$18,358.30 $21,751.01 $22,581.22 $14,872.28

  • Every semester, Bookstore staff assist faculty with ensuring book orders are made early enough to leverage orders among the used textbook and rental textbook market. The most cost effective types of book sales for students are used textbooks, sold at 25% of the new retail price. Students can sell their books back to the Bookstore at the end of each term for up to 50% of the purchase price. Our Bookstore also offers approximately 65% of its adopted textbook titles, new and used, for rental each term at a considerable cost savings to students. Rental books are returned to the bookstore at the end of each term.
  • Faculty are experimenting with different modes of providing access to print and online material for their courses. For example, they are working with textbook publishers to hold down costs by creating course-specific texts that include only select content (or chapters), less "bells and whistles," and less color and graphics.
  • We have the grassroots Books for Food program which represents a partnership between our students, many of our faculty, the library, and the bookstore to loan out books in exchange for food for those less fortunate.
  • The College created an Advancement Foundation endowment to help with textbook and scholarship grants. Awards are made through the college's financial aid office.
Last Updated 10/26/22