What is Financial Aid?

West Hills College can help you find the right financial aid, from grants and scholarships to loans. Financial aid comes in a number of different forms from both private and government sources. It’s all designed to help with your educational expenses. Apply today to see if you qualify.

Financial Aid Steps to Apply

1
Apply for Admission
First, apply for admission to West Hills College. Visit the online admissions application and follow the instructions. An admissions application must be on file in order for West Hills College to receive your financial aid application.
Apply to West Hills
2
Create an FSA ID
Second, create an FSA ID. Visit the FSA ID website and follow the instructions. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.
Create an FSA ID
3
Complete the FAFSA or Dream Act

Third, begin and the complete the FAFSA or DREAM Act. If it is your first time select "Start Here", if you are a returning user, you can select "Log In." In order to complete your FAFSA you will need your FSA Id. In order to complete your DREAM Act you will need your Login Information. Please remember to list West Hills College on your application so we can receive it.

Visit the FAFSA Web Site
FAFSA Financial Aid School Codes

The school code for the West Hills College Coalinga is 001176.

The school code for the West Hills College Lemoore is 041113

If you run into any trouble when completing the online FAFSA you can call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID.

If you require further assistance you can come into any of our financial aid offices and receive additional help.

In order to complete your FAFSA you will need your FSA Id. In order to complete your DREAM Act you will need your Login Information. Please remember to list West Hills College on your application so we can receive it. 

How much does it cost?

An education from West Hills College is a direct investment in your future.  It is also very affordable! Learn more about the cost of attendance here.

 

Financial Aid Disbursement

West Hills students who qualify for financial aid will receive payments every two weeks over the course of the semester, similar to that of a paycheck, instead of one or two lump-sum deposits. By disbursing payment in this way, students’ financial aid remains steady. It’s a proven way to help promote overall academic success.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Once you've completed admissions and the affidavit in Student Services, you will be eligible to complete an application for the California Community College Promise Grant, formerly known as the Board of Governors (BOG) Enrollment Fee Waiver. Dream

    This will allow you to register for your classes and its paid for through the state of California

    Learn more about Dreamer (AB540)

  • First complete a DREAM Act Application. You may need your parents' income information and both student and parent will be required to apply for a PIN to sign electronically. Your High School will need to submit your GPA electronically. Make sure the name you used in High School matches the one you use on the application. The information on the application is not shared with third parties. Deadline is March 2nd.

    DREAM Act Application

  • Yes, every student who is applying for FAFSA is now required to have an FSA ID. You will need to apply for one so that you have a way of electronically signing your FAFSA application.

     

  • No, you can select up to ten schools to receive your FAFSA data by listing them on your application. However, do not list both Lemoore and Coalinga school codes on your FAFSA; it will only delay your financial aid.

    Please only select the one you are planning on getting your degree or certificate from.

  • To apply for an FSA ID, please visit www.fsaid.ed.gov

    Click on "Create an FSA ID" tab. You will be asked to provide your name, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, and 5 challenge questions and answers. 

    Also, you will need to provide your email address, create a unique username, and create a password. You will use this username, email address, and password to log in to your FSA ID. 

    Save that information in your cell phone or on a card to keep in your wallet for future reference. You will be using your FSA ID to electronically sign your FAFSA, or other Federal Financial Aid websites.

  • You may receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) stating your application is rejected, or you may be informed by a Financial Aid Technician that your application is rejected. 

    There are a few common reasons why the Federal Processor will reject an application: Missing signatures, inconsistent marital status with income, taxes paid are equal to or higher than adjusted gross income, citizenship questions are blank, marital status and family members blank, etc.

    A rejected application means that you must go back into your FAFSA application and make the necessary corrections needed to process your application. You may make corrections using your Student Aid Report (SAR) or online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

  • WHC Lemoore (041113) | WHC Coalinga (001176)

    West Hills Community College District has two distinct colleges, West Hills College Lemoore and West Hills College Coalinga. Below you can find the appropriate federal school code for each college. 

    Note: Do not list both Lemoore and Coalinga school codes on your FAFSA or Dream Act; it will only delay your financial aid. Please only select the one you are planning on getting your degree or certificate from. 

    West Hills College Lemoore School Code: 041113

    West Hills College Coalinga School Code: 001176

  • More than likely yes, we encourage all future and current West Hills students to fill out a FAFSA application. This will allow our team to evaluate your need and provide you with any financial assistance and options available to you. 

    We also offer a number of other options to our student which include:

    • Fee waivers and book vouchers (For Those who Qualify)
    • Grants and Loans
    • Scholarships
    • Work-Study

    Learn More on our Financial Web Site

  • You must first complete a FAFSA application and we must have received your FAFSA information electronically.

    The next step is to obtain a loan application-as well as other missing documents you may have-from the Financial Aid Office. Loans are not automatically renewed each academic year (summer, fall, spring); you must apply every academic year. 

    First time loan borrowers must attend Default Prevention and Loan Entrance Workshops; you may do so by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Only Federal Stafford Direct Loans are available at West Hills College.

  • The first step is to complete your FAFSA and answer "Yes" to the "Interested in Work Study" question. 

    By answering "Yes" to the work-study question, you are not automatically awarded work-study. The next step is for you to check in with the Financial Aid Office and complete a Work Study Application. To be eligible for Work Study, students must be enrolled in at least 6 units and must maintain Satisfactory Academic Process (SAP). There are other requirements that may be determined by the Financial Aid Office. Work Study is awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis.

    For more information on how to complete your FAFSA and apply for Financial Aid please visit our Financial Aid site