University description (as per official university website)
San Bernardino Valley College, or SBVC, was founded in 1926 and is the 25th oldest community college in California. This two-year college encompasses more than 80 acres in San Bernardino, California. It is part of the San Bernardino Community College District and offers numerous academic and vocational programs. Some of the academic units of SBVC are business and information technology division, visual, performing and media arts division, social science and human development division, and humanities division.
SBVC has a wide variety of student clubs and organizations including the Alpha Gamma Sigma, Automotive Technology Club, Campus Crusade for Christ, Human Services Association, Tai Chi Chuan Club, American Sign Language Club, and many more.
The athletic teams of SBVC are known as the Wolverines. The university is a member of the Foothill Conference. The men's teams include cross country, basketball, baseball, soccer, football, and track and field events. The women’s teams include basketball, soccer, track and field, softball, cross country, and volleyball.
Am I eligible? Financial Aid at San Bernardino Valley College is awarded based on calculated financial need rather than academic achievement. In addition, eligibility for federal financial aid requires that a student meet the following guidelines: have a high school diploma/GED, have successfully completed 6 degree applicable units toward their program or pass an Ability to Benefit test; be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen; be working toward a degree or certificate; have a valid Social Security number; register with the Selective Service (for men between the ages of 18 and 26); and maintain satisfactory academic progress once in school.
** If you have been convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs, you may not be eligible for federal financial aid, depending on when the conviction occurred. **
Am I dependent or independent? Whether a student is dependent or independent is a key to establishing financial aid eligibility and determining the types and amounts of aid for which they are eligible. Parents' income must be included for consideration of financial aid eligibility for those students who are dependent upon their parents. If a student is independent of their parents, they will be evaluated on their own. For the 2009-2010 school year, a student is considered an independent student if at least one of the following criteria apply: born before January 1, 1986; orphan or ward of the court; have children or legal dependents for whom the student provides more than 50% support; enrolled in a graduate or professional school program; married as of the date the financial aid application is filed; or a veteran of the U.S. armed forces. If special circumstances exist where none of the criteria apply but parents' income information cannot be provided, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
Close up picture of 100 dollar bill.How much does SBVC cost? The enrollment fee at San Bernardino Valley College is $26 per unit. There are some additional fees that are charged each semester also. For financial aid purposes, however, each student is assigned a cost of attendance. The cost of attendance for the 2009-2010 school year for students living at home is $10,064 and $17,244 for students living on their own. The cost of attendance is made up of average costs for tuition and fees, books and supplies, rent and groceries, transportation and personal/miscellaneous expenses. The cost of attendance represents the average costs for a student who attends San Bernardino Valley College for a full academic year.
How is my aid calculated? The information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to calculate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for a student. This represents the amount that the student and/or student's family can contribute toward the student's education. The EFC is determined using a complex federal formula. Keep in mind that that your expected family contribution will not be what is actually paid out by the student and/or student's family. At SBVC, the EFC is used to determine the amount of aid eligibility a student has. The student will never be "billed" for the EFC amount. A student's financial need is determined by subtracting the EFC from the Cost of Attendance. The Financial Aid Office then awards a student all sources of aid for which he or she qualifies, not exceeding the student's financial need. Because SBVC is a public institution, financial aid resources are limited to federal and state funds -- no institutional funds are available. If a student's or student's family's income situation has changed from the income provided on the FAFSA, contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.
Must I maintain a certain grade point average for financial aid? SBVC requires that students maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Financial Aid has the same requirement. In addition, students are expected to complete 67% of all units they attempt. Failure to do so may lead to disqualification from financial aid. All students receiving financial aid will be expected to complete a degree or certificate program within 150% of the published unit requirement for the chosen program of study. This evaluation looks at all attempted units. For example, students are allowed a maximum of 90 attempted degree-applicable units within which to complete an Associates Degree or requirements to transfer (60 units X 150% = 90 units). Students enrolled in programs with less than or more than the standard 60 unit requirement will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Up to 30 units of remedial and all ESL coursework are not counted in the 90 unit maximum. Students may appeal for additional aid once they reach 72 units. Additional information regarding the satisfactory progress standards at SBVC can be obtained through the Financial Aid Office.