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.
Students must apply using our online
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
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.
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 Falcon
Please follow the instructions outlined on the website for registration
in course sections.
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%
2. Withdrawal after the second week of instruction: no refund.
1. Withdrawal during the first 10% of the course length: 100%
2. Withdrawal after 10% of course length: no refund.
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
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
Students who have completed fewer than 30 semester units.
Students who have completed 30 or more semester units, but who
have not yet been awarded an associate degree or higher degree.
Students enrolled for 12 or more semester units of college credit.
Students enrolled for fewer than 12 semester units of college
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
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.
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.
A "non-resident" is a student who does not have legal
residence in the state at the time of the residence determination
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
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.