1. When does the next semester start?
Fall semesters run from August to December, with Spring semesters beginning in January and ending in May. Some classes are offered as "Nine Week" short-term sessions and may be available mid-semester. Summer sessions typically run from June to late July or early August. Please check your "myWestHills" portal for a complete listing by location.
2. When can I register for classes?
With our REG 365 initiative, class registration becomes available in April/May each year, allowing registrations for the following Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters - the entire academic year all at once! Priority registration is granted based upon special factors such as active military/veteran status, membership in a special group (i.e. President's Scholars, SSS TRiO), and number of college units completed. New students need to complete the application for admission, placement testing, orientation, and counseling. For more information call Student Services at any of the WHC locations.
3. How much does it cost to attend West Hills Community College?
Click here for current information on tuition and fee waivers. Tuition rates differ based on California residency status.
4. How do I start the registration process?
The process for new students is to first complete an application for admissions . The second step is to take a placement test (the dates and times are included on our website) and send official high school transcripts. The third is to attend an orientation (typically only offered in-person for incoming high school students) or to complete our online orientation . The fourth is to schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor for help with educational plan development. Appointments can be scheduled in Coalinga 559-934-2300 or Firebaugh 559-934-2980. The final step is to register using My West Hills .
5. Is the class schedule online?
Yes. Begin by logging-in to your myWestHills portal (under WebAdvisor for Students , click Registration , followed by Search & Register for Classes ) to access the current schedule for West Hills College.
6. How can I schedule an appointment with a counselor?
There are several ways to book a counseling appointment - stopping by or calling Student Services (Coalinga 559-934-2300 / Firebaugh 559-934-2980) or through your myWestHills portal ( myCounseling Services).
7. Can I get financial aid?
Grants, loans, and scholarships are available at West Hills Community College. Fee waivers and book vouchers are also available for all students who qualify. WHC has work-study available for eligible students.
8. What is a BOG fee waiver?
Some California residents may be eligible for a Board of Governors (BOG) Grant, which waives all enrollment fees. Books and supplies are not covered by this grant. Apply by getting assistance from a financial aid employee. When you apply for Federal Financial Aid, you will also be considered for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver. Click here for more information on tuition and fee waivers.
9. What can I earn at West Hills Community College?
West Hills Community College offers certificates of completion, Associate Degrees in Arts (AA) or Sciences (AS), as well as Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT). Students can prepare for the world of work in a matter of months, earn a degree, find employment, or transfer to a four-year university. You can also take classes to update your skills or for personal enrichment! For more information on the classes that universities will accept (in a specific major), consult www.assist.org and/or speak with your academic advisor or counselor.
10. Do I need a high school diploma to attend West Hills Community College?
No. If you are 18 or over, you do not need a high school diploma for admission to West Hills College. If you are under age 18 or still in high school, you will need a special admission form which must be submitted (in person) to Student Services.
11. I completed classes at another college. How do I receive credit for these courses at West Hills?
The first step is to have your official transcripts sent to us from any previous colleges or universities you have attended. Currently, West Hills College requires official copies of transcripts from ANY institution of higher education you have attended (whether you passed classes or not) in order to grant a West Hills College degree. To receive credit, the school you attended must be regionally-accredited .
Typically, your previous school will have a link on their website or portal to request your transcripts be sent to us (or directly to you). Transcripts must still be sealed to be considered official. Allow 2-3 weeks from the time you requested them for your transcripts to arrive. Then, speak to your team counselor to request that your transcripts be evaluated and schedule a follow-up appointment to review the results. Evaluations may take up to 4-6 weeks from the time of request.