Financial Aid

Financial Aid: Welcome

We make it our mission to help you remove obstacles that prevent you from pursuing your educational goals. Come and see us during our posted drop-in hours, by phone or email, and we will do our best to help you with your college finances—quickly and efficiently.

Your eligibility for the CA Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW) for the Spring 2018 semester may be pending. In order for the Spring BOGW eligibility to be assessed, the Admissions Office will be updating students’ academic standing after the Fall 2017 semester grades are posted.  While we work to resolve this issue, you are exempt from being dropped from your Spring 2018 classes due to nonpayment.
Starting January 19, you may log in to the WVC Portal to check your BOGW status. If you do not see that the Spring BOGW has been awarded, please check your email or with the Financial Aid Office for updates.  

Steps to Apply

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

  • Every Thursday at 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM in "The Village", V-27

Please RSVP with the Financial Aid Office by email:

Disbursement Dates and Deadlines

View our Financial Aid calendar, in a new chart format, for important dates and deadlines so you never miss out on an opportunity. 

Notice: Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW) New State Regulations

Find out more about the Student Success Act

Download an Appeal Form

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 Resources



  • – Benefits for eligible veterans includes a monthly educational allowance and a tutorial allowance
  • Office of Post-Secondary Education – Resources related to federal student aid programs
  • – Selective Service System Registration and online confirmation
  • -– Request tax transcripts, account transcripts, or W-2s online
  • Federal Student Aid – Read frequently asked questions about financial aid


  • 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 info

Video Resources

Can I Afford College?

Can I Afford College video

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid at West Valley College

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid video

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

FAFSA video

last published: 3/21/18