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Frequently Asked Questions

1. When does the next semester start?
2. How do I start the registration process?
3. When can I register for classes?
4. How much does it cost to attend West Hills Community College, Lemoore?
5. Is the class schedule online?
6. Can I get financial aid?
7. What is a fee waiver?
8. When is payment due?

9. What can I earn at West Hills Community College, Lemoore?

10. What do I need to do to transfer to a four year university after WHCL?
11. What is a Pre-requisite?  What is a Co-requisite?
12. What are catalog rights?
13. Do I need a high school diploma to attend West Hills Community College, Lemoore?

1. When does the next semester start?

The Summer 2014 Inter-session will begin on Monday May 27, 2014.

The Fall 2014 semester will begin on Monday Aug 18, 2014.

The Spring 2015 semester will begin on January 12, 2015.

Classes are offered Monday through Friday during the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.  In addition, there is an excellent selection of courses offered online.  You can view the class schedule by visiting the website at www.westhillscollege.com/Lemoore.

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2.  How do I start the registration process?

The process for new students is as follows:

The process for continuning students is as follows:

  • The first step is to update your student account (if there are any changes; e.g. name, address).
  • The second step is to have all official transcripts sent to the records office at the Lemoore Campus transcript request.
  • The third step is to register using your MyWestHills student account.  You will receive information on how to access My West Hills in the orientation or counseling session.

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3. When can I register for classes?

Registration for the Summer 2014, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 will begin April 22, 2014.

New students need to complete the process for admissions (see step 2 above).  Continuing students can register online through their student account MyWestHills.

For additional information or questions about registration dates call 925-3317 or 1-800-266-1114 ext 3317.

Registration Groups

For each of the groups below, registration will begin at 12:01am on the scheduled day. Each group will be given three days to register before registration is enabled for the next group. 

 

Tuesday, April 22

First Group - Disadvantaged, Disabled, and Special Groups

(EOPS/CARE, DSPS, CalWorks, Veterans-using GI Benefits, Foster Youth, Active Military-using TA Benefits)
 

Wednesday, April 23

Second Group - Special Groups

President Scholars

 Thursday, April 24

Third Group - Continuing students with 45-70 completed or “in progress” units with an educational plan.

High School seniors who have completed the admissions application, financial aid application (FASFA or AB540),

orientation, placement test and education plan.

Monday, April 28

Fourth Group – Continuing students with 30 to 44.9 completed or “in progress” units with an educational plan.

 

Wednesday, April 30

Fifth Group – Continuing students with 15 to 29.9 completed or "in progress" units with an educational plan.

Friday, May 2

Sixth Group - Continuing students with 0 to 14.9 completed or "in progress" units with an educational plan, all other eligible first time students.

Monday, May 5

Open Registration - All remaining students

IMPORTANT NOTICES : 

*"Completed units" is based on the number of units the student completed at WHCCD.  Units from another institution will not be used to determine priorty registration.

*All continuing students must have an education plan on file and may not be on second term academic or progress probation.

*All new students must have completed orientation, placement assessment, education plan and a FASFA or Dream Act application.

*Please reminded that our 24 hour drop policy for non-payment for summer and fall 2014 terms will commence on the first day of registration.  The drop process for spring 2015 will begin on November 1st, 2014.

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5. Is the class schedule online?

You can access the schedule at westhillscollege.com to view the upcoming courses.  The 2014/2015 schedule of classes will be ready to view on March 1, 2014 .

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6. Can I get financial aid?

Financial Aid is funding provided by Federal and State governments and institutional sources to assist students with their educational expenses.  The funding is made up of grants, scholarships, and loans.  You can complete an online application for financial assistance on the FASFA website. 

In addition, The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program is campus-based.  FWS provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay for education expenses.  For further information and elgibility; contact the financial aid office.

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7. What is a fee waiver?

California residents may be eligible for a Board of Governors Fee Waiver Grant, which waives all enrollment fees.

Pell Grants are federal funded need-based grants awarded to low-income undergraduate and certain post-baccalaureate students to promote access to post secondary education.

Pell Grant amounts are dependent on: the student's expected family contribution, the cost of attendance, the student's enrollment status, and whether the student attends for a full academic year or less.

For more information on tuition and fee waivers contact the financial aid office

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8. When is payment due?

Payment is due at the time of registration.  Students are responsible for payments.  Students who fail to pay will be automatically dropped by the end of the day.

Student's who have made financial arrangements through PELL grant, BOG waiver, Loans, VA Voc Rehab (Chp 31), GI Bill Post 9/11 (Chp 33), Servicemembers using Tuition Assistance (TA) or scholarships may avoid the non-payment drop policy.

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9. What can I earn at West Hills Community College, Lemoore?

West Hills Community College,Lemoore offers certificates of completion, Associate Degrees in Arts or Associate Degrees in Science.  You can view a list of academic programs in the current catalog

The Associate degree program requires the following:
a) at least 18 semester units in general education
b) a major area of study, with a grade point average of at least 2.0
c) elective units to complete 60 units
d) overall grade point average of at least 2.0
e) Of the required units, at least 12 semester units must be completed in residence

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10. What do I need to do to transfer to a four year university after WHCL?

To transfer to a four year university, you must first determine what will be required by that institution. There are two main systems in California, the California State University (CSU) system and University of California (UC) system. In addition, there are private and out of state universities. You will need to contact each institution for general education requirements.

To transfer to a CSU or UC campus, you will complete lower division courses in the major and in general education.  You may access information about transferring to other CSUs or UCs by visiting ASSIST.

Admission requirements will vary between all of these systems so it is important that you meet with a counselor for transfer information and educational planning. Please contact a counselor to review your transfer requirements.

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  11. What is a Pre-requisite?  What is a Co-requisite?

Prerequisites/corequisites listed in the catalog and the schedule of classes, include:
*Courses for which specific prerequisites/corequisites have been established.
*Sequential course work in a degree-applicable program.
*Courses in which an equivalent prerequisite/corequisite exists at a four-year transfer college or university. 

Questions about prerequisites/corequisites should be resolved with a counselor or instructor prior to the first day of class.

1. A prerequisite is a course requirement that a student must meet in order to demonstrate current readiness for  enrollment in a course or educational program.

2. A corequisite is a course that a student is required to take simultaneously in order to enroll in another course.

3. Strongly recommended preparation means a student is advised, but not required, to meet certain conditions before or in conjunction with a course or educational program.

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   12. What are catalog rights?

A student must fulfill degree requirements as stipulated in the West Hills College Lemoore catalog. A student who maintains “continuous enrollment” may elect:
1. The catalog in effect at the time the student began attending a California public community college or California State University campus or any combination thereof, or


2. The catalog in effect at the time the student began attending West Hills College Lemoore, or


3. The catalog in effect at the time the student is graduated from West Hills College Lemoore. Continuous   enrollment is defined as being officially enrolled each semester during an academic year regardless of the number of units completed. Also, a student is considered to be in attendance even if he/she registered and totally withdrew from the school during that semester/term as long as the official transcript so indicates.

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13. Do I need a high school diploma to attend West Hills Community College, Lemoore?

To enroll at West Hills College, Lemoore a student must satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • High School graduation
  • Successful completion of the California High School Equivalency Examination or G.E.D.
  • Attainment of adult status, 18 years of age, with or without high school diploma
  • Recommendation of the principal the high school student is attending and parental permission.  The student must complete and application for admission.

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