GWC Catalog

Student Resources and Activities

Academic Honors

Golden West College recognizes academic honors through a semester (fall and spring) Academic Honor’s List and an annual acknowledgement of those who graduate with honors.

Eligibility for Academic Honor’s List:

  • A 3.5 grade point average in 12 or more units (completed in one semester) in courses evaluated with letter grades.

Eligibility for Graduation with Honors:

  • Meet all graduation requirements.
  • A 3.5 cumulative grade point average and a minimum of 48 units in courses evaluated with letter grades.*
  • All graded coursework is included in making this determination.

*Spring grades will not be used in computing the grade point average for the graduation ceremony, but will be used in determining the final grade point average for the diploma.

Adult Education

(714) 892-7711 ext 55062

The Office of Adult Education at Golden West College seeks to serve adult education students in the local community as they consider their pathways to college and career options through free, non-credit classes.

Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society

Alpha Gamma Sigma, established in 1922, is California’s Community College Honor Society. The state organization schedules two conferences each year, awards thousands of dollars annually to outstanding AGS honor society members and provides a forum for academic excellence, student success, and community involvement on the California community college campuses

Eligibility for membership in the Sigma Pi Chapter at Golden West College is based on completing 12 or more graded college units at GWC, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Membership is renewable each semester. Chapter dues and grade verification are required. Permanent membership is awarded to students completing 60 units, with two semesters of membership, and a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better. Permanent members receive recognition on their GWC transcript and diploma and at the state level. All graduating AGS members in good standing may wear a gold AGS stole at the GWC graduation ceremony. The Sigma Pi Chapter at Golden West College recognizes academic achievement and promotes scholarship eligibility and transferability to four-year institutions.

Active AGS members practice leadership and organizational skills, initiate service programs for the campus and community, and develop networking, and interpersonal communication skills. Members meet weekly on campus during the fall and spring semesters. There are no scheduled meetings during intersession or summer.

Students must apply for membership during the first ten weeks of the fall or spring semester. AGS membership application forms, dues and grade verifications should be submitted to the GWC Fiscal Services Office.

Associated Students of Golden West College ASGWC

(See Campus Life)

Athletic Programs

The athletic program of Golden West College is coordinated by the Athletic Director. Included in the Physical Education complex are the Gymnasium, Cardiovascular/Strength Training Fitness Center, and the Yoga/Pilates Center.

Out door facilities feature a rubberized all-weather track, football field, baseball stadium, softball stadium, tennis, sand volleyball courts, and soccer fields. The total complex is complemented by an Olympic-sized, 50-meter pool and a rehabilitation pool.

Intercollegiate Athletics: Golden West College is a member of the Orange Empire Conference of the California Community College Athletic Association. Member colleges of the conference are Cypress, Fullerton, Irvine Valley, Orange Coast, Santa Ana, Santiago Canyon, Riverside, Saddleback, and Golden West. The College sponsors a full program of intercollegiate athletic competition.

In football the college is a member of the Southern California Football Association comprised of Southern California Community Colleges.

Men’s sports include football, soccer, basketball, cross country, and water polo in the fall; and baseball, basketball, swimming, track and field, and volleyball in the spring.

Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, water polo, soccer, and volleyball in the fall; and basketball, track and field, women’s beach volleyball, swimming, and softball in the spring.

Athletic Eligibility: To be eligible for intercollegiate participation at Golden West College, student athletes must be enrolled in 12 units of course work. To remain eligible in subsequent semesters, they must satisfactorily complete 24 units between seasons of competition of which 18 need to be academic, vocational or remedial, and maintain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average since the start of the semester/quarter of the first participation. Questions on athletic eligibility should be referred to the Athletic Director.

Physical Education and Fitness Programs: To meet the fitness needs and increase awareness of how to live a longer and healthier life, a number of the college’s physical activity facilities are available for use by the surrounding communities.

A variety of cardiovascular conditioning and strength training classes are offered for enrollment. Also there are outdoor sand volleyball, and tennis courts and the running track which are open to the community year-round during the week from dawn till dusk as long as their use does not interfere with regularly scheduled classes and/or competitions.

For additional information on athletic eligibility and teams or physical education and programs, contact or or call (714) 895-8333.



The GWC Bookstore provides all required textbooks and supplies for students and faculty. It also offers general interest books, greeting cards, GWC gifts and school spirit clothing and general merchandise to accommodate the needs of the campus community.

Hours: Contact the bookstore at 714-895-8764 or visit:

Online Ordering: Both textbooks and merchandise are available for online ordering with in-store pick-up or delivery. You may visit the website 24/7 at:

Software titles are available at and are educationally discounted up to 85%

Returns: Textbooks: A full refund will be given in the original form of payment if textbooks are returned during the first week of classes with original receipt. With proof of a schedule change and original receipt, a full refund will be given in original form of payment during the first 30 days of classes. Textbooks must be returned in original condition. Unwrapped loose- leaf books and activated eBooks are non-refundable.

General Reading Books, Software, Audio, Video and Small Electronics: A full refund will be given in your original form of payment if merchandise is returned within 14 days and with original receipt. Opened software and small electronics may not be returned. They can be exchanged for the same item if defective.

All other merchandise: A full refund will be given in your original form of payment with an original receipt.

For additional details visit the bookstore or

Buyback of textbooks: Students should bring their textbooks back to the bookstore at the end of the semester to receive up to 50% cash back. Finals week is the best time to get the most cash back, so sell early!

Books must include all original material and a student ID will be required at the time of buyback.

Textbook Rentals: Renting is easy and cost effective. A majority of textbooks are available to rent. When shopping for textbooks in-store, the course information tag displays a “Rental” option as well as a New and Used options. Students also may shop online for rentals at

Students must be 18 years of age or older and provide a telephone number, government issued ID, email address and a personal credit card at the time of the transaction. All accepted forms of payment may be used to pay for textbook rentals.

Students may register their email address to receive reminder notices when their rental due date is approached.

For more details visit:

Price Match: We price match to and Visit or contact us with the following information:

  1. Website or location with lower price
  2. Textbook ISBN
  3. New, Used or Used Rental

For additional details/criteria please visit the bookstore or

Forms of payment: The GWC bookstore accepts Barnes and Noble gift cards, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards. The account/card holder must be present at time of purchase.

Calworks Program "Education That Works"

Second Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8111

The CalWORKs Program at Golden West College provides specialized support services for students who are receiving CalWORKs/TANF cash-aid benefits.

Program services include individualized counseling, career assessment, coordination of services with County Social Services Agencies and community based service providers, processing of county paperwork for students, work-study, job development assistance, student success workshops, monthly gas vouchers, and school supplies. The CalWORKs staff is dedicated to ensuring a positive educational experience that leads to student success.

For more information, please contact us at (714) 895-8111, or visit our website at If you meet CalWORKs/TANF eligibility, an intake appointment will be scheduled for you.

Campus Life

First Floor, Student Services Center

Campus Life strives to maximize personal growth and development in students by providing a variety of opportunities for involvement, service, and leadership in co-curricular, campus, and community activities. In response to the varying needs of the student population, Campus Life recognizes diversity as a core value of our campus community. With an emphasis on academic excellence and student retention, Campus Life supports the academic mission of the college by working to create experiential learning opportunities outside of the classroom and encouraging students to actively participate in the greater educational community as part of the college’s fully integrated planning process.

Specific service areas include:

Associated Students of Golden West College (ASGWC): Members of Student Government share active and vital roles in the governance process at Golden West College. Executive Student Council members are elected by the general student body or appointed when vacancies occur. Student Delegates have the opportunity to join ASGWC at any time throughout the year. ASGWC is comprised of five standing committees: Activities, Finance, Publicity, Student Interest, and Sustainability that assist in the organization and operation of campus programs and events.

Campus Life: Provides a variety of on-campus and off-campus programs, activities, and events for Golden West College students. We also assist students, faculty, and staff with planning co-curricular campus activities.

College Service Charge & Student Representation Fee: The College Services Charge is $17 per semester (fall/spring) and $10 for the summer session. The College Service Charge provides funding for ASGWC to provide students with a variety of programs and services. Students also receive discounts at local businesses and free entry to athletics and campus life events. The Student Representation Fee is $2 per semester (fall/spring) with one dollar going to the Student Senate for California Community Colleges and one dollar staying at Golden West College to fund student advocacy and representation.

GWC Student Discount Program: Discounts are available to students, faculty, and staff from local shops and restaurants. An extensive list of student discounts can be found on the GWC App or online at

Locker Rental: Low-cost locker rentals are available for current GWC students. The lockers are located in the Humanities Building and the cost is $5.00 with proof of payment of the College Service Charge or $10.00 without.

Publicity: Free printer services are available to departments, programs, and student clubs and organizations. The LED Marquee (located above the Recreational Education building) and the GWC App are available to advertise on-campus events.

Student Clubs and Organizations: Joining a Club is a great way to enrich your academic experience and meet people with similar interests. GWC has clubs of all types that focus on a variety of topics and interests. To join a Club, attend a meeting, contact the club advisor, join through a current member, or attend Club Expo during the fall or spring semester. Club meeting times can be found on the GWC App. Want to start a new club or organization? The process is easy! All you need to do is recruit five (5) other interested students, obtain an advisor, and file a New Club Application.

Student Participation on College Committees: Students are encouraged to serve as student representatives in the participatory governance process at Golden West College.

Student Center: Offers a variety of amenities to students, including the GWC Cafeteria, a lounge area with a large HDTV, wireless internet access, and a free computer café.

Student Center Stage: Available for student forums, community presentations, and small productions.

Career Center

Second Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8217

The Career Center is a free service designed to serve the career development needs of students and the general public. Our friendly and well-trained staff assists students in exploring occupations and career fields with a comprehensive library of up- to-date computerized and published materials/resources. Individualized assistance is provided by trained personnel and counselors to help you reach your educational and career goals.

Services include:

  • Computerized personality assessments to learn more about yourself.
  • Career inventories to identify occupational fields that match your work values, leisure activities, and personal interests.
  • Computerized career research systems that outline job descriptions, salaries, job outlook, and education/training requirements.
  • A library of published materials covering majors and related occupations.
  • Access to employment opportunities and support with résumé and interviewing skills.
  • Career fairs hosting employers from the local community (offered in partnership with Workforce Development) 

For more information, please contact us at (714) 895-8217, email us at:, or visit our website at

Child Development Center

(714) 899-5900 ext. 2

Registered student parents may enroll their children in Infant/Toddler Care for children ages 6 weeks to 2 years or in Preschool care for children ages 2-6. Full-time Infant Care and Preschool are available from 6:30 am – 6:00 pm, five days per week, Monday-Friday. A part-time option, for 2-3 days per week from 6:30 am – 6:00 pm, is available for children who are 3 or older and fully potty trained. For specific information and fee payment, parents may contact the Child Development Center at (714) 899-5900 ext. 2. Office hours: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Services provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley.

College Emergency Hotline

(714) 895-8999

A person may call the College Emergency Hotline (714) 895-8999 for information regarding emergency campus closures or when the State issues a potential stage three alert for power outages.

Community Education and Activities

One aspect of the community college mission is to promote involvement of the community. Golden West College Community Education and Activities strives to identify and meet the needs of the community which are not met by college credit programs. These services, which are self-supporting and fee-based, include cultural enrichment, educational, holistic health, recreational, and vocational activities.

Programs offered through Community Education and Activities are lectures, work shops and educational programs on a variety of sub jects and programs from children to seniors.

Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit proposals to present programs in such areas as seniors, “College for Kids,” business, holistic health, personal and professional development.

Gold Key Card Program: Gold Key cards are available to persons who are 60 years or older. This card entitles seniors to free parking in GWC student stalls, reduced rates on services at Cosmetology, and discounted prices at designated GWC events such as plays, concerts, and lectures. Gold Key cards are available for a fee of $5.00 per semester and are effective through the end of each semester. The cards may be purchased in the Community Education and Activities Office.

Community Education and Activities Programs Refund and Transfer Charges: Refunds must be requested at least three working days prior to the program start date or the printed refund deadline date for selected programs. There will be a $10.00 processing fee per person for each program.

Participants who have registered for a program and request a transfer to another program must pay a $10.00 processing fee per person for each program. Transfers are accepted no later than three (3) working days prior to the program start date or the printed refund deadline date for selected programs.

Swap Meet: Community Education and Activities takes pride in its many accomplishments. Among them is the success of the Golden West College Swap Meet which began in the spring of 1979 with a turnout of 100 vendors. The Swap Meet is open Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year except during winter break and Easter Sunday. Featuring over 700 vendor spaces per day, the Swap Meet provides a great environment for family outings. Admission and parking are free to the public.

Cooperative Work Experience Programs

(714) 895-8217

GWC students may earn units of credit towards completion of a certificate or degree for work-based learning with employers approved by the college. The learning objectives must relate to the student’s educational and/or vocational interests. The educational value of the student’s work-based learning experience will be assessed through the use of job-related student learning outcomes.

Units of Credit: Students may earn 1 – 4 units of credit per semester and can accumulate a maximum of 12 units of work-based learning credit (16 units if studying for a vocational degree or certificate) while attending Golden West College. Units may be transferable to California State University campuses as elective units


  • The work-based learning experience must be directly related to the student’s college major or career goal.
  • A minimum of 3 learning objectives are identified for each work-based learning experience with the assistance of a college mentor and job supervisor.

For enrollment information please contact the Career Services Office, (714) 895-8217, or email


Second Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8799

The Counseling Department is dedicated to assisting students to achieve success in their academic, career, and life goals in an inclusive environment that embraces the diversity of our students and community. Our professionally trained counselors are available to assist you with clarifying career and educational goals, educational planning and course selection, university transfer, and personal counseling. Services include:

  • Online orientation for a successful college experience
  • Counseling courses to help clarify career and academic goals
  • Individualized counseling to assist students with achieving their career and academic goals
  • Assistance with course selection and program planning
  • Information for transferring to other colleges and universities
  • Special workshops and seminars on a variety of educational, career, and personal topics
  • Electronic and Video counseling, for answers to general questions, is available at:

To meet with a counselor call (714) 895-8799 or come by the Counseling Center located in the 2nd floor of the Student Services Center.

New Student Advisement and Priority Registration Process

Assistance in planning college courses to meet desired goals is made available to each student prior to enrollment in courses. All new students are strongly encouraged to complete the Priority Registration Process, which includes completion of the orientation, placement in Mathematics and English, updating your Program of Study and creating a Student Educational Plan (SEP). The Priority Registration checklist and the online student orientation can be accessed from the student tab on

Transfer Center

Second Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8794

The Transfer Center is dedicated to helping students make a seamless transition from the community college to a four-year college/university. We serve as a resource center for students seeking to continue their education at baccalaureate and graduate level programs. The following information and services are offered by our center:

  • Transfer related information and publications from different colleges/universities.
  • Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) selected University of California Campuses and Transfer Admission Agreements with private universities
  • Associate Degree for Transfer programs
  • General Education and major articulation for UC, CSU, and private/independent universities.
  • Transfer fairs with representatives from various colleges/universities in both the fall and spring semesters
  • Workshops and assistance with university applications, financial aid, and transfer services
  • College campus tours
  • Individual appointments with an Admissions representative from local UC, CSU and private universities

Students can visit our website at for updated information and calendar of events. For assistance, please visit the Transfer Center located on the 2nd floor of the Student Services Center, call (714) 895-8794, or email

Cultural Programs

Art Gallery

The Art Gallery at Golden West College exhibits regional, national, and international art. Gallery exhibits include our annual juried student exhibit and several traditional and contemporary art exhibits throughout the year.

(714) 895-8772

The annual dance concert features GWC students and invited guests. There are additional performances and master classes offered in the GWC studio dance theater and in the community.

Intercultural Program (ICP)
First Floor, Student Services Center

(714) 895-8146

The Intercultural Program supports the Golden West College mission to create an intellectually and culturally stimulating learning environment for students and the community. The ICP enhances academic excellence through co-curricular programming which includes a variety of intercultural events, celebrations, workshops, field trips, invited speakers, and other collaborative programs offered at the college, the Coast Community College District, and within the local community. For more information, visit the Intercultural Program office located within the Center for Global and Cultural Programs on the 1st floor of the Student Services Center, go online to, or call (714) 895-8146.

(714) 895-8772

On-campus and off-campus concerts are performed each year by the Chamber Choir, Early Music Ensemble, and Symphonic Band.

Theater Productions

The Golden West College Theater Department provides a diversified theater season consisting of Mainstage Theater and Stage West Theater productions. Drama, comedy, and musical productions are offered, with themes from the classical to the contemporary.

For more information about Golden West College’s outstanding Fine and Performing Arts programs, call (714) 895-8772 (Arts and Letters Division Office) or go online to (Performing Arts).

Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS)

First Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8721

Golden West College offers students with disabilities a variety of support services to ensure equal access to instruction. If students have a verified disability, they are encouraged to request assistance from the Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS). After meeting with a DSPS counselor, services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Registration Assistance
  • Sign Language Interpreters
  • CART/Captioning Services
  • Adaptive Technology
  • Alternative Media
  • Academic and Career Counseling
  • Testing Accommodations
  • Note Taking Services
  • Priority Registration
  • Courses are offered in Reading, Language, and Math in the High Tech Center (HTC)
  • Adaptive Physical Education Courses
  • Liaison with Campus and Other Agencies

For additional information, eligibility, policies, and procedures regarding accommodations and services, please call: (714) 895-8721 (voice), email: or visit:

Golden West College, in alignment with the Coast Community College District strives to ensure compliance with accessibility standards for electronic and information technology (AP-3722; BP-3722). GWC works to ensure all curriculum, instructional material, websites, and media/videos are accessible to students with disabilities and the appropriate accommodations are available through DSPS. If you need assistance, find material that is not accessible, or media/videos that are not captioned, please contact the DSPS office immediately so we can make sure all areas are in compliance with the American with Disability Act; Title 5 of California Code of Regulations, and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Extended Opportunity Programs And Services (EOPS) & Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

Second Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8768

The Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS), CARE (single parents), and Guardian Scholars (Foster Youth) Programs at Golden West College are categorically state funded. The programs are designed and dedicated to the delivery of comprehensive services and benefits that encourage the enrollment, retention, and transfer of students who are challenged by language, social, economic, and educational disadvantages. One of the programs main objectives is to ensure participants equal access to success while pursuing their certificate of achievement, an Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.), and/or meet four-year university transfer requirements.

Eligible students are welcome to take advantage of the following services:

  • Book Service

  • High School Outreach

  • Transfer Assistance

  • Counseling

  • Peer Advisement

  • Tutoring

  • Learning Skills Classes

  • Priority Registration Program (if qualified)

  • Foster Youth Services

  • Study Hall Access

  • Single Parent Services

Voluntary participation in these programs is based on state mandated guidelines. Students must apply for financial aid, complete an EOPS application, complete the College assessment test, and be enrolled as a full-time student at Golden West College. Students must also maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Financial Aid Office. If applying for the CARE Program or Guardian Scholars Program, an additional application is required to establish eligibility.

Financial Aid

First Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8394

The Financial Aid Office (FAO) administers all Federal and State financial aid programs available to GWC students. This includes grants, fee waivers, loans, and on-campus work opportunities. The FAO’s goal is to assist students and their parents in paying for educational costs (which includes reasonable living costs) by using the U.S. Department of Education methodology to evaluate the student’s or student’s family’s ability to pay these costs and distributing limited financial aid resources in an equitable manner.

All students who are U.S. citizens or legal residents should apply for financial aid even if they think that they will not qualify. Because many different types of aid exist with differing qualifications, only a financial aid staff member can really determine what types and how much aid a student qualifies for. Often those who think they will receive nothing, qualify for something.

Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Golden West College may not have enough of certain funds to award all eligible students, so students are highly encouraged to file their applications early (October or November for the following fall semester). Another reason to file your application before March is to ensure that you meet the state priority filing deadline for Cal Grant (March 2nd). You may apply for financial aid after March 2nd and through the year for which you want to receive aid, however those who apply later will miss these early filing opportunities and will also wait longer for their financial aid application to be reviewed.

It is up to the student to make the effort to learn where, when and how to apply for financial aid. It is important for the student to understand that they are responsible for meeting all deadlines and requirements. The Golden West Financial Aid Staff is available to assist applicants in completing the process successfully. The GWC Financial Aid website (http:// is an additional resource for prospective and current applicants to learn more about various financial aid, scholarship opportunities, important deadlines and additional support resources.

You May Be Eligible For Financial Aid If You: Go to and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include the Golden West College federal code: 001206.

  • Are determined to have financial need based upon your FAFSA data and the Financial Aid Office review.
  • Are a United States citizen or a permanent resident or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Are an undergraduate student enrolled in an eligible program at Golden West College.
  • Do not owe a refund on any grant received at any post-secondary institution and are not in default on any student loan.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the GWC Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

You may also be asked to submit some or all of the following:

  • A signed copy of your IRS tax transcript, or Income Certification if you did not file.
  • A signed copy of your parent’s IRS tax transcript, or Income Certification if they did not file.
  • Untaxed Income Verification.
  • For men, proof of selective service registration.
  • Any other information necessary, as requested by the Financial Aid Office.

For a comprehensive overview of applying for and receiving financial aid at Golden West College, visit .

Financial Aid Programs

First Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8394

The application form for all financial aid awards administered by the GWC Financial Aid Office is the FAFSA. The FAFSA is an online application that you both complete and submit online to the United States Department of Education. FAFSA Worksheets are available in the Financial Aid Office to help guide you through this process. A few programs may require you to submit a secondary application form in addition to the FAFSA. Apply for FAFSA at and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include the Golden West College federal code: 001206.

Federal Pell Grant: A Federal grant for undergraduate students. The award is based upon the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) (determined by the FAFSA) and is prorated to the number of units a student is enrolled in or completes.

Federal SEOG: The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cal Grants: State grants for undergraduate students. Students must submit their FAFSA by March 2nd to be considered for a Cal Grant for the following academic year. The State of California awards these grants to students through the GWC Financial Aid Office on an entitlement basis and also on a competitive basis. If the student has not completed 24 degree-applicable units within the Coast Community College District, then the student must have their high school GPA verification form submitted to the State of California by their high school by March 2nd.

Cal Grant A awards assist low and middle-income students with tuition/fee costs and are made on the basis of need and grade point average. Students who plan to enroll at a community college before transferring to a four-year college or university may apply for a community college re

Cal Grant B awards assist very low income, first-year students with living expenses, books, supplies, transportation, and other non-tuition costs. (Renewals may also cover tuition/fee costs.)

Cal Grant C awards assist low and middle-income vocational students with tuition and training costs. Recipients must be in a program of study that is four months to two years in duration, at a vocational school, community college, or independent college.

Full Time Student Success Grant: The Full Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG) is awarded to students who are Cal Grant B eligible and are enrolled Full-Time (12 units or more).

Community College Completion Grant: The Community College Completion Grant (CCCG) is awarded to students who are eligible for both a Cal Grant B and the Full Time Student Success Grant, in addition recipients must have a comprehensive Student Education Plan and be enrolled in 15 units that are required per his/her Ed Plan.

Chafee Grant: A grant that is only available to students who were foster youth. The grant pays up to $5,000. You may apply at: https://www.chafee. Students who are eligible for a Chafee Grant should also contact the EOPS office to learn more about qualifying for the Guardian Scholarship Program.

Federal Work-Study: The Federal Work Study (FWS) program is designed to provide eligible students who have financial need an opportunity to earn a part of their educational expenses through work. Most of the FWS work is done on the GWC campus, making it easier for students who have transportation issues or difficulty scheduling classes around a demanding job. FWS funds are awarded on a first-come, first served basis to students with the lowest EFCs who have indicated on their FAFSA a desire to work.

Direct (Stafford) Student Loan: This is a loan and must be repaid. The loan is available in both subsidized and unsubsidized forms. Entrance and exit counseling is required. You must complete and submit a FAFSA, and complete any required documents.

California College Promise Grant (formally known as the BOGFW): Available only to California residents attending a California Community College. The fee waiver will waive the per-unit enrollment fees for all qualified applicants. The fee waiver does not waive any other college fees, which you must pay. If not paid, you will be dropped from your classes.

Dream Act: AB540 students who meet the qualifications will be exempt from paying nonresident tuition and have the opportunity to qualify for a Cal Grant, Full Time Student Success Grant and the Community College Completion Grant. Please visit the following website for additional information, and click on California Dream Act.

Dreamer Student Emergency Aid Grant: The State of California has provided limited funds to provide AB-540, or DACA students with emergency funding to help these students who are enrolled in at least 3 units at Golden West College afford to stay in school. This is a state grant and does not need to be paid back. To request emergency funding, you must meet the eligibility requirements below: The GWC Financial Aid Office must receive a valid California Dream Act Application (

Rights and Responsibilities of Students: All students are entitled to receive equitable treatment in the awarding of financial aid. It is the student’s responsibility to report any changes in his/her financial or academic status. All financial aid recipients are expected to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress or they will lose their financial aid eligibility. Please read the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy on our webpage.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Parents’ Contribution: The primary responsibility for assisting students with the cost of a post-secondary education lies with the student and often times his/her family. The expected contribution is determined by a federal need analysis process evaluating the family’s financial information provided on the FAFSA.

Student’s Contribution: All students are expected to contribute toward their own educational expenses. A student’s income and assets will also be assessed through federal methodology based upon data submitted on the FAFSA.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy for Financial Aid Recipients

SAP standards apply to all federal and state aid applicants whether or not they have previously received student financial aid.

Students receiving financial aid must agree to make Satisfactory Academic Progress toward their educational goal. Failure to maintain these standards will result in the loss of eligibility for financial assistance. This policy applies to students receiving assistance from those financial aid programs administered by the GWC Financial Aid Office and is separate from the College’s academic progress policies.

All students must meet the SAP policy (partially detailed below) to be eligible to receive financial aid.

The Financial Aid Office reviews academic progress at the end of each academic term. SAP includes measures of cumulative G.P.A. and unit completion progress, with a maximum number of attempted units allowed. Please read the SAP policy in its entirety on our website.


Refunds: In accordance with Public Law 105-244 students who receive federal financial assistance and withdraw from all of their classes before completing more than 60% of the semester will be required to return any unearned federal funds. The amount of the return will be calculated on a pro-rata basis. Federal Work Study (FWS) earnings are excluded from the calculation.

Repayments/Over-Awards: Should it be determined at any time that the student received funds for which he/ she was ineligible, the student will be required to repay these funds. Students will be notified in writing via email of repayment options and the consequences of non-payment.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Be advised that financial aid award amounts may increase or decrease due to a variety of factors, which may include a change in either the student’s enrollment status or the student’s FAFSA data. The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to modify financial aid award amounts at any time due to either changes in the availability of funds or changes in Federal regulations.

For More Information: This section only briefly touches upon what you should know about student financial aid. Please visit the GWC Financial Aid Office on the first floor of the Student Services Center, go to the GWC Financial Aid website ( or call (714) 895-8394 for more information and specifics about student financial aid.

GWC Mobile App or

The GWC App connects students to everything you need to succeed in college. Connect with faculty, staff, classmates, and friends. Access a robust campus life calendar, connect with your peers via the Student Feed and direct messaging, view your class schedule, and get involved with student clubs and organizations. Download the GWC App for free on your mobile device through the App Store or Google Play by searching for Golden West College.

GWC Foundation

(714) 895-8316

The Golden West College Foundation was organized in 1985 to solicit and manage gifts to benefit the college and its students. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting the College’s mission of providing comprehensive academic opportunities to the community for lifelong learning.

A board of directors provides the leadership and direction for the organization’s operation and manages the Foundation. The Foundation has grown steadily since 1985 with assets over $9,800,000. This has been accomplished through donations of cash, bequests and grants from individuals and businesses. The Foundation has provided over $8,800,000 in scholarships to Golden West College students, and over $8,900,000 in program support. In addition to cash assets, the Foundation annually receives donated equipment and supplies that represent thousands of dollars in gifts-in-kind.

The primary focus of the Foundation Board of Directors is to work towards building support for college-wide needs. To nurture groups who have special interests in supporting Golden West College, the Foundation provides direction to two auxiliaries. Each auxiliary is managed by its own board and officers, requiring membership dues for operational expenses. Membership is open to the public.

Information is available by calling the Foundation office, (714) 895-8316, or at or addressing a letter to the Golden West College Foundation, 15744 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647-3103.

Golden West College Patrons

Organized in April 1973, the Golden West College Patrons membership is composed of alumni, community members and GWC staff and faculty. The Patrons is a volunteer organization that raises monies for student scholarships through their Chefs for Scholarships event held each fall. The members also volunteer each year in support of other events such as Commencement, Scholarships and Awards, and Gala.

Hens and Chickens

The Hens & Chickens Quilt Fellowship of GWC began in 1989 when a group of quilters did not want to disband after taking a quilting class. Their name was taken from the name of a quilt block. Members range in age from 7 to 75. Each year they create a custom, one-of-a-kind quilt which is raffled and proceeds are given as The Hens & Chickens Quilt Fellowship Scholarship.

Hispanic Serving Institution

Golden West College is proud of its designation by the Federal Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, defined as a non-profit institution that has at least 25% Hispanic full-time students. Because of our location in Huntington Beach, Orange County, and our commitment to attract a broad range of students seeking educational opportunities, the Hispanic students play an important role in our campus life. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Puente Program and Club, the Intercultural Center, and the Mi Casa Student Club as well as to participate in a variety of courses that explore the impact and contribution of the Hispanic cultures in American society. Chicano/ Latino students from the surrounding high schools have the opportunity to attend the annual Chican@/Latin@ College Day event, as they have been doing since its inception in 1975. This event is a well-established tradition, embraced by the local high schools, Latino community and CCCD.

Online Instruction

(714) 895-8389

The Online Instruction Department supports online learning and instruction by providing students with technical support for online education, and assisting faculty in developing and maintaining their courses within the Canvas learning management system.

Located in the annex building of the Learning Resource Center, the Online Instruction Department welcomes walk-ins from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Online Instruction team may also be contacted for phone support from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (714) 895-8389, and online at

Online Courses

Online courses require a specified number of hours per week of course participation within Canvas (see course details in the searchable schedule). These hours can be completed at times that fit within the student’s schedule, provided all course due dates are met. Since there are no on-campus meetings for fully online classes, students must log on to Canvas (through on the first day of class to avoid being dropped for non- attendance.

Hybrid Courses

In addition to the specified Canvas participation hours, Hybrid courses also require on-campus course meetings. The meetings may be weekly for the duration of the semester, or there may be only a few specified meeting dates (see course details in the searchable schedule). In either case, these meetings are not optional. Students should ensure they will be able to attend all on-campus meetings before signing up for a Hybrid course.

Canvas as a Supplement to On-Campus Courses

Instructors teaching a traditional, face-to-face course may choose to utilize Canvas to post information, administer assignments and exams, or communicate with their students.

Please note that, although there are some exceptions, most Canvas courses do not appear to students before the start date of the course. Additionally, while Canvas courses usually remain open for a certain number of days after the semester ends, they will not be available to students indefinitely.

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Second Floor, Student Services Center

Outreach is dedicated to making the transition to college easier by providing information to all who inquire about Golden West College and its programs.

Services include:

  • Group and individual tours (by appointment)
  • Classroom presentations
  • College Nights, Parent Info Sessions, and Career Fairs
  • College- and career-readiness information for elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Information requests
  • Special Campus Events
Public Safety

(714) 895-8924
(714) 895-8999 Emergencies
911 Emergencies

Golden West College maintains a Public Safety Department with personnel available 24 hours a day. Anyone may report any criminal or non-criminal activity, or emergency, by calling (714) 895-8924 or (714) 895-8999 for emergencies (or by dialing 911). The Public Safety Building is located in the southwest corner of the campus, next to Nursing & Health Services (Goldenwest St. and Edinger Ave). The Public Safety office is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Additional information regarding the Golden West College Public Safety Department and their services can be obtained by visiting: 

Puente Program

(714) 895-8214

The Puente Program is a two semester learning community that includes three main components. The accelerated writing course sequence incorporates Mexican-American, Latino and other multi-cultural authors with emphasis on English writing skills. Intensive counseling provides students with sustained, in-depth career and academic guidance throughout their enrollment in community college. Students then receive mentoring from members of the community who are recruited, trained, and matched with students to share career advice and personal experiences. Students in the Puente Program enroll as a cohort in required coursework each semester and participate in the program as a true learning community that supports personal, academic, and cultural development of students.

All students are eligible to enroll in the Puente program. Once enrolled in the Puente Program, students can continue to take advantage of Puente mentoring, counseling, and guidance while enrolled at Golden West College.

Eligibility: All students are eligible to enroll if they meet the following requirements:

  • Eligibility for English G095 in the fall semester, by multiple-measures assessment.
  • Completion and submission of the Puente Program application, available in the Counseling Office, or online at
  • Enrollment in the program is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Commitment to the goals of the Puente Program, including an intent to transfer to a four-year college/university.


  • Intensive writing training
  • Mentoring
  • Transfer counseling
  • Career development
  • Identity development
  • Inclusion in an active learning community

Puente Classes:

Fall First Semester:

English G100 – Introduction to College Writing/Reading, 3 units

English G095 – English Basic Skills Corequisite, 2 units

College G100 – Becoming a Successful College Student, 3 units

Spring Second Semester:

English G110 – Critical Thinking, Literature, 4 units

Counseling G104 – Career and Life Planning, 3 units


Citizens and organizations donate funds for scholarships to be awarded to deserving Golden West College students. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement, financial need, and/or contribution to campus and community life according to the criteria set up by the donor. Application forms are available in November of each year and awards are presented in May at the Scholarship and Awards Ceremony. Funds are available the following academic year.

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Student Learning Services

Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) High Tech Center (HTC):

First Floor, Learning Resources Center (LRC)
(714) 895-8322 or

The High Tech Center (HTC) located in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) is a specialized computer lab that provides adaptive computer hardware and software for students registered through the GWC DSPS office.

Individual assistance is provided on an as needed basis. Students must register for HTC Open Lab unit and be earning units at GWC concurrently with the semester in which they are enrolled in. For assistance in registering for the HTC Open Lab please contact the DSPS Office.

Adaptive programs include: ZoomText, Kurzweil 3000 (Scan/Read software for learning disabled students), JAWS, Dragon Naturally Speaking, MyReader 2, adaptive keyboard and mouse, adaptive equipment, large monitors, CCTVs and adjustable work stations.

The High Tech Lab also provides an Open Lab class and readiness courses that students can take to improve their skills in English (reading and language) and Math. Students can take a 0.5-unit or 1-unit course depending on their needs. Registration fees are based on the number of units and any associated material fees.


Second Floor, Learning Resources Center (LRC)
(714) 895-8741

Students, faculty, and staff use the resources of the Golden West College Library in order to locate information to meet their educational, vocational, social, and personal goals. Librarians teach information competency concepts at the reference desk, during library orientation sessions, through social media and during library classes that assist and instruct library users on the scope of information; how to locate and retrieve relevant information; how to organize, analyze, and evaluate information; and understand the ethical and legal issues surrounding information and information technology.

The Library’s materials collection is comprised of approximately 45,000 books, a magazine and newspaper browsing collection, full-text online periodical databases, e-books, computers with internet access and Microsoft Office, and DVDs. The Library aims to provide 24/7 quick and easy access to timely materials. Other amenities include photocopiers, printers, group study rooms, and resources for physically-challenged students. The Student Textbook Access Reserve (STAR) Collection provides copies of many textbooks for use within the library. Also, the Library has a laptop/Chromebook loan program that can be accessed at the Public Services Desk.

Student Success Center
First Floor, Learning Resources Center (LRC)

The primary focus of the center is to promote student success by providing all students access to the following programs: 

Student Computer Center
First Floor, Learning Resources Center (LRC)
(714) 895-8904

The Student Computer Center is a computer laboratory that provides unlimited use of computers, high speed internet access, color printing, scanners, course software, CD-RW-DVD combo, Microsoft Office, as well as eleven Macintosh computers loaded with the most current Digital Art software. The Student Computer Center also offers faxing and copying services at a minimal charge to students. To use the Student Computer Center, students must register for Learning Skills G922.

Tutorial and Learning Center

First Floor, Learning Resources Center (LRC)
(714) 895-8904

Academic support is available to all GWC students in the classes for which they are currently enrolled. The Tutorial and Learning Center provides the following services:

  • Community tutoring 
  • Drop-in tutoring 
  • Group tutorials 
  • Individual appointments 
  • International Conversation Lab 
  • Online tutoring 

Additional support services include: review sessions before major exams, study skills videos, as well as self-help pamphlets and literature. The Tutorial and Learning Center is located in the Learning Resource Center room 129. For hours and additional information please call 714-895-8904 or visit

Developmental Math Program
(714) 895-8384

The Developmental Math Program encompasses MATH G010, Elementary Algebra, MATH G030, Intermediate, MATH G040, Accelerated Elementary and Intermediate Algebra, and MATH G080, Pre-statistics, which provides the entry-level math knowledge, skills, and techniques required to enter upper-level math sections. This program focuses attention on student- specific needs, tutoring, and other support programs to assist students in becoming successful in their math course, and lays the foundation for the advanced/transfer math courses.

Embedded Tutoring Program (ET)
(714) 892-7711 x55233

The Embedded Tutoring program at GWC used embedded tutors to provide more individualized attention and assistance during class activities, and to motivate students’ participation and engagement in the classroom.

In embedded tutoring, a tutor works in and/or out of the classroom under the instructor’s guidance to help students understand course concepts and enhance student engagement.  The Embedded Tutor functions as:

  • A peer tutor, providing support to students as they work with the class content and texts
  • A mentor, helping students foster connections with support services
  • A model student, demonstrating effective student behaviors and successful academic habits

To find out whether a class has an embedded tutor, please contact the Student Success Center at (714) 892-7711 x55233

Writing and Reading Center
First Floor, LRC
(714) 895-8303

The Writing and Reading Center offers many short courses that help students improve their reading and writing skills. The courses focus on understanding college-level texts, writing essays and research papers, and improving vocabulary and grammar skills. All courses include one-on-one tutoring with experienced instructors. Each course can be taken for units of credit, and all courses are open for enrollment until week 12 of the semester. Fee varies from course to course. Pl

Mathematics Computer Lab

The Math Computer Lab is located in the Math and Science Building, Room 227. Each semester some hours are reserved for scheduled classes. At other times the lab is open on an as needed basis to assist any student currently enrolled in any Mathematics course here at GWC. Please check the posted schedule at the beginning of each semester to see when open hours are available. Phone: (714) 892-7711 ext. 51133. Hours: M-Th 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Student Health Center

First Floor, Nursing and Health Services
(714) 895-8379

Golden West College offers health services for all currently enrolled students who are attending classes and have paid the health fee. Most services are included in the health fee which is currently $20 per semester for fall and spring; $16 for summer session (subject to change). Healthy students learn better and stay in school.

The Health Center is designed to provide affordable and convenient health care services for short-term acute illnesses with a focus on prevention. The Health Center is open Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters. Call for intersession and summer hours. A Registered Nurse will be on duty on these days to provide treatment, health counseling, and referrals to appropriate services. Physicians and psychologists are available by appointment after consultation with a Registered Nurse. We are located in the Nursing and Health Services building next to the Edinger street parking lot on the south side of the campus. To make an appointment call (714) 895-8379. Services are confidential and comply with health privacy laws.

Services include:

  • Basic treatment and first aid
  • Treatment of illness
  • Immunizations
  • Family Planning
  • Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • Mental health consultation
  • Short term mental health therapy
  • Social Services consultation
  • Medical lab work
  • Health counseling and education
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Basic physical exams, at an additional charge

Visit our webpage at or search Google for GWC Student Health Center 

Study Abroad Program

First Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8146

GWC students are encouraged to explore options for earning course credit while participating in Study Abroad. Several short-term study abroad programs led by district faculty members are offered each year through the Coast Community College District. In addition, a variety of quality programs are available through independent providers. For more information and advising on how to plan your study abroad experience, please visit the Study Abroad office located within the Center for Global and Cultural Programs on the 1st floor of the Student Services Center, visit the website or call (714) 895-8146. 

Veterans Education & Transition Services (V.E.T.S.)

First Floor, Student Services Center, located in The Admissions and Records Office.

Golden West College is accredited by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education for the training of veterans seeking benefits under state and federal regulations.

School Certifying Official (SCO)

Application and certification for benefits are provided by the School Certifying Official located in the Student Services Center, on the first floor in Admissions & Records. For information, contact Sonia Cazarez at  

Eligibility for Benefits

The Veterans Services office will assist veterans and dependents using the following VA educational benefits:

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR Chapter 1606)

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program (VR&E Chapter 31)

Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)

To apply for educational benefits, veterans and dependents can use VA Form 22-1990 which is available on the VA website

Eligibility for benefits is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The number of units veterans and dependents must take to qualify for benefits varies according to the educational benefit used. Call the VA’s Western Regional Processing Office toll free at (888) 442-4551 for information about compensation and periods of eligibility.

After registering for classes, students using Chapter 33 Post 9/11 or Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment educational benefits must immediately contact the Veterans Services office at 714-895-8140 to request a fee deferral, or they will be dropped in accordance with the non-payment drop schedule.

Requirements for Receiving VA Educational Benefits

To qualify for benefits, veterans and eligible dependents must be working toward an approved educational objective. A list of approved programs for VA benefits can be found on the VA WEAMS Institutional Search Tool at

Veterans and dependents must submit official sealed transcripts from all colleges attended previously to Golden West College within four weeks of being admitted, or future certifications for benefits may be delayed.

Students must have a counselor-approved Student Education Plan. Only classes that are applicable towards their educational goal will be certified for educational benefits.

Students must notify the School Certifying Official of all changes in enrollment at the time of the transaction. The veteran is responsible for any overpayment in housing allowance caused by enrollment changes.

Students must maintain satisfactory standards of progress. Students who are on academic or progress disqualification may not be eligible for benefits.

Registration Priority for Veterans

All students are subject to the provisions of SB1456.

Under the provisions of California Education Code Section 66025.8

(a) GWC will grant priority registration to any member or former member of the Armed Forces of the United States, who is a resident of California, and who has received an honorable discharge, a general discharge, or an other than honorable discharge, and to any member or former member of the State Military Reserve, for any academic term attended for four academic years after he or she has left state or federal active duty, which he or she shall use within 15 years of leaving state or federal active duty.

(b) A former member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the State Military Reserve who received a dishonorable discharge or a bad conduct discharge is not eligible for priority registration for enrollment pursuant to this section.

Proof of current military status (military ID or DD214 Member 4) must be submitted to the Veterans Services window located in Admssions & Records.

CalVet Tuition Fee Waivers

In recognition of the sacrifices made by veterans while serving our country with honor, the State of California may grant their dependents a tuition fee waiver while attending a California Community College, a campus of the California State University system, or a campus of the University of California System. In addition to submitting an application to the California Department of Veterans Affairs, dependents MUST complete the California College Promise Grant (formally known as the BOGFW) available on the school’s website. Please note: the Financial Aid Office recommends students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which includes the California College Promise Grant (formally known as the BOGFW) application.

Students who have been approved for the CalVet tuition fee waiver should take their Authorization Letter to the Financial Aid Office. Please note that the waiver is for tuition only. Students must pay any and all remaining fees or they will be dropped in accordance with the non-payment drop schedule.

For more information about this program, contact your local County Veterans Service Office.

Active Military Tuition Assistance

Active military using Tuition Assistance should consult with the Director of Admissions & Records:

Veterans Resource Center (VRC)

First Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 892-7711 ext 55144

The purpose of the VRC is to address the unique needs of our veteran student population and provide the tools that each individual veteran needs in order to meet his/her educational goals. It also provides students with a place to socialize with fellow veterans and is a meeting place for the GWC Student Veteran Organization.

The VRC features:


Mess Hall

Computer Lab

Study Hall

Student Services in the Center include:

Academic counseling

Mental health counseling


Peer-to-peer mentorship

Book vouchers and gas cards

School supplies

Chromebook loan program

Free printing

The Stand and The Rack

The Stand and The Rack
Forum II, Room 103

The Stand (food pantry) and The Rack (closet for professional attire) are open to support student needs. Located on the west side of Forum II, near the Student Services Center.

Zero Cost Course Materials (ZCCM)

Courses listed in the schedule under the attributes section denoted by a green $0 symbol exclusively use digital course materials that are free of charge to students and therefore not required to be purchased.