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:

How much does SBVC cost?

The enrollment fee at San Bernardino Valley College is $46.00 per unit (for California Residents) for the Fall 2023 semester. There are some additional mandatory fees that are also charged each semester. Students are responsible for paying all miscellaneous, mandatory fees or a hold will put on their account.

For financial aid purposes, however, each student is assigned a budget that represents the student's estimated cost of attendance. The budget for the 2022-2023 school year for students living at home is $16,224 and $25,224 for students living on their own. The budget is made up of average costs for tuition and fees, books and supplies, rent and groceries, transportation and personal/miscellaneous expenses. The budget represents the average costs for a student who attends San Bernardino Valley College for a full academic year.

Use our Net Price Calculator for the cost to attend SBVC!

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, San Bernardino Valley College is providing all current and prospective students and parents with this Net Price Calculator (NPC) The NPC will provide you with and estimated net price for attending San Bernardino Valley College based on the student's individual circumstances.

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 (Budget) - 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.

In the event a student withdrawals from all courses or there is a change in enrollment status, in any given semester, this may cause a student to be placed into overpayment status and a letter will be sent with the amount owed to the home address on file with the college.

  • Repayment of federal financial aid funds that had previously been disbursed to a student will be calculated based on the student’s enrollment status for the duration of the semester.
  • In the event a student is placed into repayment, they will not qualify for any additional financial aid funds until the debt has been repaid in full.
  • Ineligibility of federal financial aid funds, while in overpayment status, applies while a student is in attendance at San Bernardino Valley College as well as any other college.
  • Overpayment of federal financial aid funds will be reported to the National Student Loan Database System and forwarded to collections should the student not repay the debt owed.

Important websites that every student should know

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Important Financial Aid terms that every student should know

  • Academic Year: The period of time that starts with the Fall semester, includes the following Spring semester, and ends with the following Summer Session at San Bernardino Valley College.
  • COA (cost of attendance): The amount of money students spend to go to school and support them while attending. It includes enrollment, books, food, housing, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses.
  • Dependent Student: A student who is less than 24 years of age, unmarried, has no dependent children, is not an orphan, ward of the court, or veteran of the military.
  • EFC (Expected Family Contribution): The projected amount a student and their family is expected to contribute to the cost of attendance of the student.
  • GED (General Equivalence Diploma): A certificate given to students who have passed state approved high school equivalency test.
  • Grant: A type of financial aid, usually awarded based on financial need, which does not have to be repaid.
  • Independent Student: A student who is 24 years old or older, an orphan or ward of the court, military veteran, married or who has dependent children of their own is considered to be independent.
  • Need Analysis: the generic term for the federally regulated process used to estimate a family's ability to meet educational costs (i.e., to estimate financial need).
  • SAR (Student Aid Report): The report mailed to student aid applicants which confirms the financial information submitted on the FAFSA.