Cost of Attendance & Eligibility

Cost Estimates

The Financial Aid Office considers the following costs in estimating your cost of attendance. These costs are subject to your living situation and the number of units you are enrolled in for the Fall and Spring semester.

Student Fees

Fees Fall Only Fall and Spring
Health Services $19 $39
T-Reg / WebReg $3 $6
ASB Card $4 $8
Campus Center Fee $15 $30
Total $41 $83

Cost of Attendance

Fall and Spring Living with Parent Living Off Campus
Fees ($46 per unit) $1,380 $1,380
Books $1,854 $1,854
Housing/Food $5,247 $13,293
Transportation $1,233 $1,233
Personal $3,276 $3,276
Total $13,073 $21,119

Calculate an estimated amount you will pay to attend WVC after grants and scholarships, but before student loans.

Eligibility Requirements for Financial Aid

Effective July 1, 2012: New students who are enrolling in a program of study must have a High School Diploma or its equivalent in order to be eligible for Title IV funds.

  • Demonstrate financial need (as determined by completing the FAFSA application and the "Basic Equation of Need").
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen (for most programs) with a valid Social Security number (SSN).
  • Register (if you haven't already) with the Selective Service, if you're a male between the ages of 18 and 25.
  • Be working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program of study at West Valley College.
  • Show, by one of the following means that you're qualified to obtain a postsecondary education:
    • Have a high school diploma
    • General Educational Development (GED) certificate. The General Education Development (GED) test may be taken by persons who are eighteen years of age or older, or who meet specific criteria for testing at age seventeen.  For more information, visit: General Educational Development Test (GED) site.
  • Students who completed a home-schooling curriculum are considered to have received a High School Diploma or its equivalent and are eligible for financial aid.
  • Students who qualified for financial aid (prior to July 1, 2012) by passing the Ability to Benefit (ATB) test or completing 6 credit hours will continue to be eligible for aid due to a grandfathering clause.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) once you're in school.

** Basic Equation of Need is the difference between the Cost of attendance and the Estimated Family Contribution (as determined by the FAFSA application).

Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

"...for any offense, during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV, Higher Education Act (HEA) program funds, under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs will result in the loss of eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant, loan, or work-study assistance (HEA Sec. 484(r)(1)); (20 U.S.C. 1091(r)(1))."

last published: 8/6/18