2004 - 2005 Catalog

General Information

Admissions Information

Eligibility Requirements
To enroll at West Hills College Coalinga, a student must satisfy one of the following requirements:
1. High school graduation.
2. Successful completion of the California High School Equivalency Examination or G.E.D.
3. Attainment of adult status-18 years of age.
4. Recommendation of the principal of high school student is attending and parental permission.

Admission Procedure
Students must apply using our online application.

International Students may NOT apply on-line. All international students are required to apply through a written application. Please contact the International Student Programs Office to request an information package and application

Transcript Requirements
High school transcripts and transcripts from other colleges attended must be on file with West Hills College Coalinga. Students with transcripts from institutions outside the United States should contact the West Hills College Coalinga Office of Admissions and Records for information on transcript evaluation. The student must notify the institution previously attended to mail official transcripts directly to the Admissions and Records Office.

Registration
Class schedules will be published on the West Hills College website prior to the summer intersession and fall and spring semesters. To search and register for classes students must use My West Hills
Please follow the instructions outlined on the website for registration in course sections.

Student Fees
The Legislature of the State of California has made it mandatory for West Hills College Coalinga to charge a California Community College fee of $18.00 per unit. This fee is subject to change by the Legislature. California Education Code Section 72252 (amended, effective 1/1/90) allows exemption from the enrollment fee to any dependents, or surviving spouse who has not remarried, or any member of the California National Guard, who, in the line of duty and while in the active service of the state, was killed, died of a disability from an event that occurred while in active service of the state, or who is permanently disabled as a result of an event that occurred in the active service of the state. In addition, the college is mandated to charge an out-of-state tuition fee for those students who do not qualify as California residents (see non-resident tuition).

Cost of student textbooks, supplies, and membership in the Associated Student Body may average $250 to $300 per semester. A considerable savings is possible through the purchase of used textbooks from the college bookstore.

Active military personnel applying for Tuition Assistance that pays for 75% of the registration fees must submit a completed authorization form to the college prior to registration; otherwise, registration fees must be paid in full. For more information, call (559) 925-3352.

Non-Resident/International Student Tuition
A student classified as a non-resident/international student shall be required to pay non-resident tuition. The fee for non-residents is $149.00 per unit. Non-resident/international students must also pay an additional $14.89 per unit non -refundable capital outlay fee, $11.00 California Community College fee per unit, and a $100.00 one-time non-refundable processing fee.

Refund of Enrollment Fees and Tuition
Refund or reversal of enrollment fees and tuition shall be made as follows: (Refund must be requested by the student.)
Full Semester Classes, 16-18 weeks.
1. Withdrawal during the first two weeks of instruction: 100% refund.
2. Withdrawal after the second week of instruction: no refund.

Short-term Classes
1. Withdrawal during the first 10% of the course length: 100% refund.
2. Withdrawal after 10% of course length: no refund.

Materials Fees
Required instructional materials of continuing value outside the classroom must be paid for by the student. These are tangible materials that are essential to satisfaction of course objectives, have value to the student outside the classroom, belong to the student, and may be taken home. These materials include, but are not limited to, such items as textbooks, workbooks, syllabus, computer disks, tools, uniforms, and canvases. They also include material, such as clay, that can be transformed into materials of lasting value.

Students are advised to provide certain instructional materials of an optional nature that will enhance a student's learning experience in the classroom but are not essential to completion of course objectives.

Some classes require a fee for instructional materials. These fees are for the types of materials described above. When such fees are charged, the materials for which the fees are levied are supplied at district cost.

NOTE: All fees must be paid in full at registration and are subject to change without advance notice by the Board of Trustees of West Hills College. A full refund will be given to students if they completely withdraw from a class the last day of registration before classes begin or if the classes are canceled by the college.

Classification of Students

Freshmen
Students who have completed fewer than 30 semester units.
Sophomores
Students who have completed 30 or more semester units, but who have not yet been awarded an associate degree or higher degree.
Full-Time
Students enrolled for 12 or more semester units of college credit.
Part-time
Students enrolled for fewer than 12 semester units of college credit.

Placement Tests
Placement tests to assess writing, reading and math skills are administered to each entering student. The results of these tests are used to assist students and counselors in the selection of college classes. These tests are not entrance examinations, and they will not prevent any prospective student from admission to the college.

A schedule of testing times and dates will be printed in the schedule of classes and made available prior to registration each semester at each location. For more information on placement testing please contact the West Hills College Coalinga Counseling Office, 934-2320 or North District Center, Firebaugh, 934-2957.

Placement Testing Exemption Policy
The following students are exempt from placement testing:
1. Students who have met the prerequisites for a course they intend to enroll in by earning a grade of C or higher in a lower-level course at West Hills College Coalinga or in an articulated course from another educational institution.
2. In all cases, the exemption for assessment listed above is available only to students who provide official records or transcripts to the Director of Admissions and Records before registration.

Residency Requirements

A. Adults

resident
A "resident" is a student who has resided in the State of California for more than one year immediately preceding the residence determination date and who has demonstrated intent to be a California resident with financial independence. Student must apply for residency in the Admissions and Records Office.

non-Resident

A "non-resident" is a student who does not have legal residence in the state at the time of the residence determination date.

B. Minors
The residence of the parent with whom the minor child resides is considered the legal residence of that minor child.

The residence of an unmarried minor who has a parent living cannot be changed by his/her own act, by the appointment of a legal guardian, or by relinquishment of a parent's right of control. A married minor may establish his/her own residence.

Residency status is allowed for a student who, (1) has not been an adult resident of California for more than one year, and (2) is either the dependent child of a California resident who has not had residence for more than one year prior to the residence determination date, or has a parent who has both contributed court-ordered support for the student on a continuous basis and has been a California resident for a minimum of one year. The exception continues until the student has been in the state the minimum time necessary to become a resident (one year from time of California entry), as long as continuous attendance is maintained at the college.

C. Active Duty Military
A student who is a member of the armed forces of the United States stationed in this state on active duty, except a member of the armed forces assigned for educational purposes of state supported institutions of higher education, is entitled to resident classification.

D. Military Dependents
A student who is a natural or adopted child, stepchild or spouse who is a dependent of a member of the armed forces of the United States stationed in this state on active duty shall be entitled to resident classification until he/she has resided in the state the minimum time necessary to become a resident. The minimum time necessary to become a resident for California Community College tuition purposes is one year and one day preceding the semester for which the student is applying. If that member of the armed forces of the United States, whose dependent natural or adopted child, stepchild or spouse is in attendance at an institution, (1) is therefore transferred on military orders to a place outside this state where the member continues to serve in the armed forces of the United States or, (2) if thereafter retired as an active member of the armed forces of the United States, the student dependent shall not lose his or her residence classification until he or she has resided in the state the minimum time necessary to become a resident.

E. United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
California Education Code Section 68077 (amended 1993): A student who is a graduate of any school located in California that is operated by the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, including but not limited to, the Sherman Indian High School, shall be entitled to resident classification. This exception shall continue so long as continuous attendance is maintained by the student at an institution.

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