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VBC Requirements

How To Be Considered For The Valley-Bound Commitment

To be considered for the Valley-Bound Commitment Program:

  1. Apply online for admission to SBVC at www.valleycollege.edu
  2. Complete the SBVC Orientation online (approximately 45 minutes) or in-person (approximately 90 minutes). For more information, visit the SBVC website “Orientation” page found at Student Services > Counseling > Orientation. 
  3. Schedule and complete the SBVC Assessment Exam. Prepare in advance by visiting the SBVC website “Assessment” page found at Student Services > Counseling > Assessment.
  4. Apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.gov by completing all financial aid requirements and meeting “economically-disadvantaged” status (***If you are an AB540 student, see information below). 
  5. Be determined as “financial aid eligible” by the SBVC Financial Aid Office. 
  6. Submit a Valley-Bound Commitment Application Packet including:  a) One-sheet Valley-Bound Commitment Application; b) 1,000 word personal essay showing how the program will help you achieve your dreams through education; c) High school transcripts (unofficial or official).
  7. Graduate with a high school diploma from one of the 12 designated high schools (after having attended at least one of the schools for 9th-12th grade). 
  8. Enroll in Student Development and/or basic skills courses to ensure seamless transition into college. 
  9. Enroll as a full-time SBVC student (12+ units). 
  10. Maintain a college grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. 
  11. Serve 30 hours of community service over two semesters at SBVC.

***All AB540 Students

  1. Apply online for admission to SBVC at www.valleycollege.edu.
  2. Complete a California Dream Act application at www.CalDreamAct.org.
  3. Download (or request from SBVC Admissions/Records Office), sign and submit a “California Nonresident Tuition Exemption” form to the SBVC Admissions/Records Office. The form is also available in the "Admissions" section of the SBVC website by clicking on Admissions & Financial Aid > Admissions & Records > Admissions > Residency.
  4. Complete the SBVC Orientation online (approximately 45 minutes) or in-person (approximately 90 minutes). For more information, visit the SBVC website’s “Orientation” page found at Student Services > Counseling > Orientation. 
  5. Schedule and complete the SBVC Assessment Exam. Prepare in advance by visiting the SBVC website’s “Assessment” page found at Student Services > Counseling > Assessment. 
  6. Be determined as “financial aid eligible” by the SBVC Financial Aid Office. 
  7. Submit a Valley-Bound Commitment Application Packet including: a) One-sheet Valley-Bound Commitment Application; b) 1,000 word personal essay showing how the program will help you achieve your dreams through education; c) High school transcripts (unofficial or official). 
  8. Graduate with a high school diploma from one of the 12 designated high schools (after having attended at least one of the schools for 9th - 12th grade). 
  9. Enroll in Student Development and/or basic skills courses to ensure seamless transition into college. 
  10. Enroll as a full-time SBVC student (12+ units). 
  11. Maintain a college grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. 
  12. Serve 30 hours of community service over two semesters at SBVC.