Learn about the different kinds of financial aid programs and awards that could help you pay for your education.
Most federal and state funds offered are contingent upon the availability of funds. Financial Aid applications are accepted throughout the school year with a final filing deadline usually the 2nd Saturday in June of each year. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
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Pell Grant: Awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a Bachelor's or professional degree. Awards range from $555-$5550. To apply, complete the FAFSA ^.
Students are eligible to receive Pell grant for up to 12 full time semesters. This applies to all students regardless of when they received their first Pell grant. A student attending as a half-time (6 units) student is considered as having used half of a semester for purposes of tracking the Pell grant limits.
For example, if your maximum Pell Grant award amount for the 2010-2011 school year was $5,550, but you only received $2,775 because you were only enrolled for one semester, or because you were paid as a half-time student 2 semesters, you would have used 50% of your maximum award for that year.
If in the following school year, you were enrolled only three-quarter time, you would have used 75% of your maximum award for that year. Together, you would have received 125% out of the total 600% lifetime limit.
You can find your Lifetime Eligibility Used for the federal Pell Grant by going to the Web site www.nslds.ed.gov and creating a student account. NSLDS, the National Student Loan Data System, tracks your lifetime Pell Grants, loan usage and overpayment status. If you have loans, you may view how much you owe and to whom.
Step 1: Obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) from the U.S. Department of Education, Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records with the U.S. Department of Education systems. You can request a PIN via the U.S. Department of Education’s web site at www.pin.ed.gov
Step 2: Access NSLDS by going to www.nslds.ed.gov. On the NSLDS screen, click on Financial Aid Review
Step 3: Read the privacy statement on this screen. If you agree, click Accept to find your Lifetime Eligibility Used. A security configuration question may or may not prompt, depending on your browser’s current security configuration. If you are comfortable with your browser’s current security configuration, click Accept to continue. The Confirming Your Identity screen will appear after you click Accept.
Step 4: Enter your Social Security number (SSN), the first two letters of your last name, your date of birth, and your PIN to confirm your identity. Keep your PIN safe and secure.
Step 5: View the Financial Aid Review screen listing your total Lifetime Eligibility Used
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): Available to students on a 1st come-1st serve basis and whose expected family contribution (EFC) is zero. Students must be an undergraduate student and enrolled ful-time. Awards range from $100 to $500. Payments are made once per semester. To apply, complete the FAFSA ^.
Federal Work-Study Program (FWS): Provides jobs for students with financial need. Jobs are 10-18 hours per week and students must be enrolled at least half-time. Awards range from $500 to $3,500. The vast majority of FWS jobs are filled at the beginning of the Fall semester and continue through the academic year. Payroll checks are disbursed once a month. To apply, complete the FAFSA ^, read How to Apply for Federal Work Study ^ (PDF), then view job posting after August 15, 2012. For more information please contact Behin Noormanesh: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408.741.4639
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Direct Loan: Subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Subsidized loans are awarded on the basis of need. Interest on Subsidized Direct Loans will begin to accrue when a student is enrolled in less than half-time. Repayment begins 6 months after graduation or enrolled in less than half-time. Unsubsidized loans do not have a need criteria, however, the interest is paid by the student and interest accrues from the date of disbursement. All potential borrowers are required to pick up a Loan Request Packet at the Financial Aid Office starting August 20, 2012 before completing the Loan Reguest Form. For more information please contact Behin Noormanesh: email@example.com or call 408.741.4639
The State of California provides to eligible community college students a fee waiver that covers tuition, and a portion of the parking fee.
To apply, complete the Board of Governors Fees Waiver (BOGW) Forms ›
Eligibility for the fee waiver is determined immediately after submission of the application. Alternatively, if the student has already completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA ^ and listed West Valley College to receive their application information, the Financial Aid Office will automatically evaluate the student for fee waiver eligibility.
To qualify, a student must be a California resident and meet one of the following three categories.
Type A: (documentation required)
You or your family are receiving public assistance from the Aid to Families with Dependent Children or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (AFDC/TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or have certification from the California Department of Veterans' Affairs ^. Supporting documentation must be provided.
Type B: Your household income falls below certain State-designated levels.
Type C: You have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA ^ and listed West Valley College to receive your application information, and have been determined by the Financial Aid Office as having financial need.
CAL Grant B: A state program to assist low income/disadvantaged, first-year college students. Maximum academic year award is approximately $1473. Criteria such as income status and grade point average are factors for eligibility. To apply, complete the FAFSA ^ To apply, complete the FAFSA and submit the GPA Verification form (available from your high school or college financial aid department). For more information: CalGrants.org
CAL Grant C: A state grant program to assist low and middle income students enrolled in occupational/career training programs with tuition and training costs. Maximum academic year award is approximately $547. Criteria such as income and grade point average are factors for eligibility. To apply, complete the FAFSA ^ To apply, complete the FAFSA and submit the GPA Verification form (available from your high school or college financial aid department). For more information: CalGrants.org
Chafee Grant: Awarded to students who are aging out of foster care or emancipated from foster care, eligible for California Independent Living Program services, and between the age of 16-22. Maximum academic year award is approximately $5000. Students must demonstrate financial need and be enrolled at least half-time. To apply, go to: https://www.chafee.csac.ca.gov/ ^.
For more information please contact the WVC Foster Youth Liaison:
Rhonda Kirkland: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 408.741.2601.
To manage your Cal Grant and/or Chafee account(s) online, view updates, make school changes, make address changes and post leave of absence request, visit: mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/logon.asp
CalWORKS Child Care*: Is a state grant program to assist low and middle income students enrolled in occupational/career training programs with tuition and training costs. Criteria such as income and grade point average are factors for eligibility.
CalWORKS Work Study*: offers part time employment for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families formerly called AFDC) students participating in the CalWORKS program.
CARE › (Cooperative Agencies Resource for Education)*: A state program to help offset child care costs. Must be a CalWORKS participant.
EOPS › (Extended Opportunity Program and Services)*: A State funded program for low income students. Must meet income guidelines and be full time at the time of program certification. Awards generally range from $100 to $500.
*Subject to funding availability.
Priority is given to students who apply early.
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