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Information about Admissions

The Admissions Office is located in SSB 220 on the West Los Angeles Campus at 9000 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230. Student application and registration should be completed through our Student Information System (SIS) at www.wlac.edu/News-SIS.

 


Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes many disclosure and reporting requirements. A disclosure requirement is information that a postsecondary education institution is required to distribute or make available to another party, such as students or employees. A reporting requirement is information submitted to the U.S. Department of Education or other agencies. The following list provides a brief description of the information required to be made available to students as well as how to obtain the information. This notice was organized using a reference list created by the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC).

 

Contact Information for Assistance in Obtaining Institutional or Financial Aid Information

Each school must make available to prospective and enrolled students information regarding how and where to contact individuals designated to assist enrolled or prospective students in obtaining the institutional or financial aid information required to be disclosed under HEA Section 485(a)(1), Section 485(f), Section 485(h), and Section 485(j). Visit Student Financial Aid Services for more information.

 

Privacy of Student Records

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was implemented in 1974 as a federal law to protect the privacy of student education records. FERPA also gives students the right to review their education records, seek to amend inaccurate information in their records, and provide consent for the disclosure of their records. This law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

 


General Institutional Information

 


Information Regarding Student Financial Aid

 
Contact the Financial Aid Office or most information is available at: www.wlac.edu/Financial-Aid
 
The Financial Aid Office is located in SSB 210. Check the web site for hours of operation as they may vary. Phone: (310) 287-4532
 

Overview of Financial Aid Programs

West Los Angeles College has a full array of Title IV programs, California State Programs and Scholarships.

 

Title IV Aid

  • Pell Grant
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity  Grant (SEOG)
  • Academic Competitiveness - not available after June 30, 2011
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loan
  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • Federal Work Study

 

State of California Financial Aid

  • Board of Governors Fee Waiver
  • Cal Grant B Cal Grant C
  • Chafee Grant (federally funded program administered by CSAC)

 

Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities are awarded and disbursed through the combination of the WLAC Foundation, Financial Aid and the Associated Student Office (ASO).

 

How to Apply for Financial Aid 

Federal – all Title IV Aid: www.fafsa.gov

 

State

  • Board of Governors Fee Waiver – www.cccapply.org
  • CalGrant – www.csac.ca.gov
  • Chafee Grant – www.csac.ca.gov

 

Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements

Title IV Aid

To determine if you're eligible, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula to evaluate the information you report when you apply. The formula produces an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. Your electronic Student Aid Report (eSAR) contains this number and will tell the Financial Aid Office if you are eligible. The Financial Aid Office will begin the awarding, packaging, and verification process. You should go to the www.wlac.edu/financialaid web link and check your financial aid status regarding the process of your file and awards.

 

Board of Governors Fee Waiver

The Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW) waives your course enrollment fee of $46/unit if you are a California resident, and if one of the following conditions applies to you when you enroll:

 
  • You are qualified for federal financial aid during the same academic year for which you are seeking a BOGFW and have a minimum of $1104 in unmet need.
  • You or your parents are receiving SNAP/Cal WORKS benefits, SSI or General Assistance at the time that you apply for the BOGFW A. You will be required to provide documentation to show participation in one of these programs.
  • You fall into the qualifying income bracket as determined by filling out a BOGFW B application. The Financial Aid Office will process your application and notify you if you qualify.
  • You qualify according to one of these groups:
Certification from the CA Department of Veterans Affairs that you are eligible for a dependent's fee waiver;
 
Certification from the National Guard Adjutant General that you are eligible for a dependent's fee waiver;
 
Certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs that you are eligible as a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor or as a child of a recipient;
 
Certification form the CA Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board document that you are eligible as a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack;
 
Certification from a public agency employer that you are eligible as a dependent of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty.
 

Veterans' Dependents Board of Governors Fee Waiver

This form must be completed and turned into the Los Angeles County Veterans Service Office; for more information contact Admissions and Records (310) 287-4370

 
Cal Grant B and C

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) determines a student’s eligibility for the receipt of a Cal Grant. All notifications of awards are sent by CSAC directly to the student. The institution verifies the enrollment status, income and disburses the funds.

At WLAC, the annual GPA verification is sent electronically for all enrolled WLAC students. There is no need for the paper GPA verification form. These are sent on or before March 2 and September 2 annually. New High School students should contact the High School College Counselor for the GPA verification form to be completed

 

EOP&S, CARE, Foster/Kin Youth, Disabled Student Program and Services:

These programs are administered by the college through the Office of Dean of Support
Services, please contact Dean Angeles Abraham (310) 287-4399 (EOPS, CARE, Foster) or Dean Christopher Sweeten (310) 287-4423 (DSPS).
 

 

Financial Aid for Study Abroad

At this time, the study abroad program is not eligible for Title IV aid, but may be eligible for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver.

 

Loan Code of Conduct Policy

It is the policy of West Los Angeles College to avoid conflicts of interests between the College and lenders, guarantee agencies, or other affiliations related to student financial aid or student loans; and, to establish an ethical framework for professional behavior and responsibilities at West Los Angeles College.

All employees at West Los Angeles College will not accept any compensation from lenders, guarantee agencies or other affiliations related to student financial aid or student loans. This prohibition includes any compensation for consulting.

For purposes of this policy, “financial aid employees” includes all officers or employees of the College who participate in making any decision involving student financial aid or student loans. Also, for purposes of this policy, compensation given to a family member of a financial aid employee, or which is given to another individual because of that individual s relationship with a financial aid employee, is considered to have been made to the financial aid employee.

Financial aid employees are subject to the College’s conflict of interest policy, which requires that all decisions be made solely on the basis of a desire to promote the best interests of students and the College. All employees are required to disclose the existence of any conflict of interest and are prohibited from participating in decisions which are affected by the conflict of interest.

The College’s conflict of interest policy does not prohibit employees from receiving benefits of nominal value. For purposes of this Student Financial Aid Code of Conduct, “nominal value” means compensation having a value of $20 or less. Any financial aid employee who, either directly or indirectly, receives compensation from a lender, guarantee agency or other affiliation related to student financial aid or student loans having a value of more than $20 must disclose all pertinent information relating to such compensation, in writing, to the Director of Financial Aid within 30 days of receipt of the compensation.

All College employees are prohibited from receiving remuneration in the form of travel, lodging, meals or honoraria from any lender, guarantee agencies, or other affiliations related to student financial aid.

All College employees shall not serve on any advisory boards or committees of student lending organizations, guarantee agencies, or other affiliations related to student financial aid.

All College employees will not have lenders, guarantee agencies, or other affiliations related to student financial aid pay for any printing services and shall not allow the College’s name or logo to be printed on any lender materials.

No employee at the College in the financial aid office and or officers of the College shall commit the College to any revenue-sharing agreements and or conditioning the use of a lenders Title IV loans to receive private loans with any lenders, guarantee agency or other affiliations related to financial aid or students.

The Financial Aid Office will not allow employees of lenders, guarantee agencies or other affiliations related to financial aid to work or provide staffing to the Financial Aid Office.

The Financial Aid Office will not allow the use of lenders, guarantee agencies or other affiliations related to financial aid to be a call center for the Financial Aid Office.

Financial aid employees are prohibited from denying a student the right to choose any lending financial institution from which they wish to borrow and shall not impede the processing of any loan.

 

Rights and Responsibilities of Aid Recipients

Students receiving financial aid must be aware of their responsibilities while receiving aid.
Responsibilities for continued financial aid eligibility are:
 
  • Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements.
  • Reporting accurate personal, financial and enrollment information on your financial aid documents.
  • The need to pursue a degree, certificate, or taking courses that transfer towards a baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution.
  • The requirement to repay West Los Angeles College for any overpayment made to you through financial aid funds.
  • The return of Title IV funds (federal financial aid) if withdrawn from all courses.
  • Payment of all registration fees within forty-eight hours of your enrollment.
  • The requirement to update personal information, especially your address with the Financial Aid Office.
  • Rights that you the student have:
    • To receive information regarding the financial aid award package and process.
    • To receive information concerning the cost of attendance, student budgets, and the award received.
    • To receive information regarding the probationary status and the appeal process.
    • All policies regarding refunds.
 
All policies and procedures regarding financial aid can be found at: www.wlac.edu/Financial-Aid
 

Financial Aid and Scholarship Fraud

According to the Federal Trade Commission, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use the following lines to sell their scholarship services; students should avoid any scholarship service or website that says the following:
 
  • "This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."
  • "You can't get this information anywhere else."
  • "I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship."
  • "We'll do all the work."
  • "This scholarship will cost some money."
  • "You've been selected by a 'national foundation' to receive a scholarship" or
  • "You're a finalist" in a contest you never entered.
 
If you believe you've been the victim of scholarship fraud, wish to file a complaint, or want more information, call 1 (877) FTC-HELP or see www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams. On November 5, 2000, Congress passed the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act to enhance protection against fraud in student financial assistance by establishing stricter sentencing guidelines for criminal financial aid fraud.
 

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

In compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment passed by the U.S. Congress in 1989, West Los Angeles College offers services and referrals to prevent the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. Contact the Student Health Center, the Employee EAP and/or the Welcome Center for more information.

 


Health and Safety

 


Information Regarding Student Outcomes

Graduation and Retention Rates

Please contact the Office of Research and Planning at 310-287-4361.

 

Graduation and Retention Rates for Student Athletes

This must be provided to student-athletes, their parents, high school coaches, and guidance counselors when an athletically related student aid offer is made. The NCAA provides this information directly to high schools. For information, contact the Athletic Department at 310-287-4513.

 

Employment for Graduates

Available information about job placement rates and the types of employment obtained by college graduates may be obtained from the Office of Institutional Research.

 

Graduate and Professional Education for Graduates

This does not pertain to West Los Angeles College as the college is a community college and does not have graduate and professional programs.
 

Athletic Program Participation and Financial Support

As part of The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, information on annual participation rates and financing of men's and women's sports in intercollegiate athletic programs is available by request to students and the general public. For more information or to receive a copy of the report, contact the Athletic Department at 310-287-4513.
 

Constitution & Citizenship Day Observance

The U.S. Constitution is one of the most influential legal documents in existence, created over 200 years ago. West Los Angeles College supports every effort to affirm the American Democratic process. Each year on September 17th, the college participates in the annual observance of American Constitution and Citizenship Day. On this day, there are special programs held in classes sponsored by the Political Science program including guest speakers, distribution of pocket constitutions, and similar activities.

 


Voter Registration

Online voter registration is available daily on dedicated computer stations in the Admissions area on the 2nd floor of the Student Services Building and voter registration drives occur on campus periodically. For information on voting, visit the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

 


West Los Angeles College’s Equal Opportunity Statement

It is the policy of the LACCD to provide an educational, employment and business environment free from all forms of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related), sexual orientation, age, disability, and veteran status.

All programs and activities of the LACCD shall be operated in a manner which is free of discrimination. Employees, students, or other persons acting on behalf of the District who engage in any form of discrimination as defined in this policy or by state or federal law shall be subject to discipline, up to and including discharge, expulsion, or termination of contract.

For more information about our district’s diversity and compliance programs, please contact our Office of Diversity Programs at 213-891-2315 or 213-891-2316.