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Eligibility For Financial Aid

Am I eligible for Financial Aid at SBVC?

Financial Aid at San Bernardino Valley College is awarded based on calculated financial need. In addition, eligibility for federal financial aid requires that a student meet the following guidelines:

• Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
• Have a valid Social Security number
• Register with the Selective Service (for men between the ages of 18 and 26)
• Be working toward a degree or certificate
• Have a high school diploma/GED effective July 1, 2012 
• And maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress once in school.

How much does SBVC cost?

The enrollment fee at San Bernardino Valley College is $46.00 per unit effective beginning Summer 2012 semester. There are some additional mandatory fees that are also charged each semester.

For financial aid purposes, however, each student is assigned a cost of attendance. The cost of attendance for the 2014-2015 school year for students living at home is $12,093 and $18,726 for students living on their own. The cost of attendance is made up of average costs for tuition and fees, books and supplies, rent and groceries, transportation and personal/miscellaneous expenses. The cost of attendance represents the average costs for a student who attends San Bernardino Valley College for a full academic year.

How is my aid calculated?

The information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to calculate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for a student. This represents the amount that the student and/or student's family can contribute toward the student's education. The EFC is determined using a complex federal formula. Keep in mind that that your expected family contribution will not be what is actually paid out by the student and/or student's family. At SBVC, the EFC is used to determine the amount of aid eligibility a student has. The student will never be "billed" for the EFC amount. A student's financial need is determined by subtracting the EFC from the Cost of Attendance. 

    Cost of Attendance 
   -Expected Family Contribution 
   =Financial Need

To preview an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution, Cost of Attendance and Financial Need please visit the FAFSA4Caster.  The Financial Aid Office then awards a student all sources of aid for which he or she qualifies, not exceeding the student's financial need. Because SBVC is a public institution, financial aid resources are limited to federal and state funds -- no institutional funds are available. If a student's or student's family's income situation has changed from the income provided on the FAFSA, contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.