Tuition & Fees

Enrollment Services

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Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm | Closed Weekends and Holidays
Phone: (714) 892-7711

Enrollment Fees

Fees are $46 per unit

*Enrollment Fee is subject to change by the State Legislature.

Student Representation Fee

Student Representation Fee: $2 per semester for fall and spring. One dollar ($1.00) will go to the campus and one dollar ($1.00) will go to the Student Senate for California Community Colleges for the purposes of providing student government representatives the means to state their positions and viewpoints before city, county, district, state, and federal government as well as other public agencies on behalf of the student body. This is a voluntary contribution made at the time of registration.

Tuition Pay (Installment Plan)

Students interested in making payments for tuition and fees, can visit the Tuition Pay website for information on how to sign up for an installment plan. Students who chose to sign up must do so within 48 hours of registration to avoid being dropped from classes. Tuition Pay requires a down payment plus a $25 non-refundable fee per semester. This service is only available for the fall and spring semesters and for students who owe $150 or more.

Late Payment Agreement

For students owing less than $150 dollars for a semester or session, and are having difficulty paying the balance prior to the payment deadline, a Late Payment Agreement [PDF] may be submitted to the Enrollment Center for consideration.  Contact Elizabeth at (714) 895-8121 for further details.

Payment By Check

Each remittance of payment by check is considered authorization to convert that
particular check into an electronic transaction. If your check is unable to be converted
electronically, it will be processed as a draft against your account.

Non-Payment Drop Policy

Prior to the Start of Term:
Fees are due IMMEDIATELY at the time of registration. All fees must be paid including the Health Fee, College Service Charge and any Material Fees by all students, including Financial Aid students (BOGW). Golden West College does not bill for registration fees. If payments are not received by the fee payment deadlines, students WILL BE DROPPED from classes (including Waitlist classes) to make seats available for other students seeking to register. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from classes by the refund deadline to ensure cancellation of fees.

Start of Term
Students who are enrolled in classes when the term begins (enrolled after 2:00 p.m. on Friday prior to term start date) and have not paid fees, WILL NOT be dropped for non-payment. Students will incur a financial obligation to the college AND a hold will be placed on their record if payment is not received or they do not drop prior to the refund deadline. This hold will block future registration (adds, drops), obtaining transcripts, grades, diplomas, or verification of enrollment until all fees are paid

Non-Payment Drop Schedule: Winter Intersession/Spring 2017
Students, who have not paid their account balance in full, will be dropped for non-payment of fees as follows:

November 17, 2016 (2:00 p.m.): For Registration between October 3 and October 13
December 1, 2016 (2:00 p.m.): For Registration between October 14 and October 27
December 8, 2016 (2:00 p.m.): For Registration between October 28 and November 3
December 15, 2016 (2:00 p.m.): For Registration between November 4 and November 17
January 5, 2017 (2:00 p.m.): For Registration between November 18 and December 1
January 19, 2017 (2:00 p.m.): For Registration between December 2 and December 30
January 26, 2016 (2:00 p.m.): For Registration between December 31 and January 5
January 27, 2016 (2:00 p.m.): For Registration between January 6 and January 26

Any registration that occurs on January 27th, will NOT be dropped for non-payment.

Students that enroll are responsible for paying their fees or withdrawing from classes prior to the refund deadline to cancel fees.

Note: Not showing up to class for the first class meeting does not equate to withdrawing from a class. If you do not attend a class in which you are enrolled you must drop yourself from the class by the refund deadline. Drops are completed online via MyGWC.

IMPORTANT: Students are responsible for any fees incurred and grades received. It is the student’s responsibility to drop classes by the State mandated refund deadline to avoid fee obligations and MUST print a student class program (available via MyGWC) to verify all withdrawals.

Financial Aid recipients eligible for:

BOGW plus State or Federal Grants and/or Loans (PELL Grants) may NOT be dropped for non-payment. Financial aid students not subject to drop for non-payment receive an email indicating they will not be dropped for non-payment. Those students are responsible for dropping any classes you do not intend to take and verifying the drop by printing the “Student Class Program/Web Schedule bill. Once the financial aid has been posted to your account, if you have a fee balance you will be able to pay the balance through your MyGWC account. You will be notified after the semester begins if you have a balance due.

BOGW only Students:  BOG Fee Waivers pay enrollment fees ONLY. If your BOG Fee Waiver (BOGW) has been applied to your registration account, you must pay the required health fee, College Service Charge and materials fees or you will be dropped from your classes, including waitlisted classes, if enrolled prior to the start of the semester. You may verify that your BOGW has been posted to your registration account by logging in to your MyGWC and checking your account balance.
NOTE: If your BOGW has not been posted to your account, please pay the total balance due to avoid being dropped.

Tuition Pay (Installment Plan)

Students interested in making payments for tuition and fees, can visit the Tuition Pay website for information on how to sign up for an installment plan. Students who chose to sign up must do so within 48 hours of registration to avoid being dropped from classes. Tuition Pay requires a down payment plus a $25 non-refundable fee per semester. This service is only available for the fall and spring semesters and for students who owe $150 or more.

Late Payment Agreement

GWC Late Payment Agreement [PDF]
Contact Elizabeth at 714-895-8121 for more information or questions regarding our Late Payment Agreement.

Financial Aid Payments (BOG Fee Waiver)

Students who are having difficulty finding resources to pay fees should visit the Financial Aid website at http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/gwcfao for information on fee waivers, grants, and student loans.

BOG Fee Waivers pay enrollment fees ONLY. Students with a BOG Fee Waiver must pay the required health fee, College Service Charge and materials fees or you will be dropped from your classes if you register prior to the start of the semester.

If you know the financial aid office has posted your fee waiver (BOGW) to your account, but it is not showing on your MyGWC, click on the refresh button on your browser to recalculate your fees.

Student Health Fees

$19 per semester for fall and spring; $16 for summer session. This is a mandated fee unless the student presents a waiver. Those eligible for a waiver are:

  1. Students who depend solely on prayer for healing in accordance with the teachings of a bona fide religious sect, denomination, or organization. For further information, call (714) 895-8121.
  2. Students enrolled only in courses of less than two weeks duration.
College Service Charge

$17 for each fall and spring semester and $10 for the summer semester. This charge underwrites many student services and campus programs. The College Administration and Student Council encourage students to support the campus community by paying this non-mandatory fee.

$1.00 of each $17 funds student scholarships and the library text book program. Information about specific programs funded by this charge and requests for a waiver of the College Services Charge are available during posted business hours in the Student Activities Office. The request to waive the College Services Charge must be secured in advance prior to the student’s payment of registration fees. The period to obtain this waiver is between the date class schedules are available online through the last day to enroll in the regular school semester. This fee is subject to change. For further information call (714) 895-8261.

Non-Resident

Students who are not California residents as defined by the Education Code are required to pay the non-resident tuition fee in addition to the fees described above. Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to prove that he/she is a California resident. Please Note: Effective Summer 2016, non-resident tuition will be $211 per unit and non-resident capital outlay will be $45 dollars per unit.

Material Fees

In accordance with regulations of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, Title 5, California Administrative Code, Section 59400 et seq., the Coast Community College District shall provide free of charge to students all instructional materials, except for materials which the District Board of Trustees has approved as required materials for a particular course. The student must purchase these materials from the College at the District cost. The Board has approved such fees because these materials are required to complete the objectives of the course and they are tangible property of continuing value outside the classroom which the student will retain as his or her own property.

Parking Permits

$30 per semester and $15 for the summer session. A current Golden West College Parking Permit is required to park a vehicle in campus parking lots. Permits may be purchased on-line through the college’s website during normal operating hours. The permit must be displayed in clear view on the left rear bumper (driver’s side) or hung from the inside rear view mirror so as to be clearly visible. Mechanical permit dispenser machines are available in each parking lot for parking by the day. Failure to properly display a valid parking permit may result in the issuance of a citation. A student whose permit is lost or stolen must purchase a new permit.

Purchase a parking permit button

Parking citations are issued in cooperation with the West Orange County Municipal Court.

You can pay parking citations online at

Pay citation Online button

These citations, if ignored, will affect future vehicle registration privileges.

Student ID

New students should have their photos taken for a Golden West College Student Identification Card as soon as they register, and have paid all of their fees.

Photos are taken in the Photo ID area of the Records Office during normal business hours. Students must bring a copy of their current Student Class Program and another form of photo identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.).

The GWC Photo ID card is required for most services on campus and can be used in subsequent semesters when properly validated.

The cost for ID cards is included in your college fees.

Textbooks

Textbooks, manuals and other supplies are the responsibility of the student, and may cost as much as $800 per semester. Required items are available at the campus Bookstore. Check with the Bookstore for refund, exchange and buyback policies.

Living Expenses

Housing, transportation, food and other living costs are the responsibility of the student. Golden West College does not operate dormitories or any off-campus housing. A housing referral service is available through the Associated Students Office. The referral lists are not approved, inspected, or in any way supervised by the college.

Library Fine Policy

Library Fine Policy: GWC Library charges fines on overdue materials. Fines are 25 cents per item per day to a maximum of $10. There is a 3-day grace period. Fines are assessed for weekends, holidays, as well as during Library hours since books can be returned 24 hours a day in the outside book return.

Fines are charged for reserve materials returned late at the rate of 25 cents per hour up to $10. There is no grace period for overdue reserve items. Outstanding fines will be evaluated to determine which patrons, if any, should be suspended. These are students with fines in excess of $10.

When a book is lost, the Public Services librarian will determine the replacement cost
of the item.

All fees are subject to change during the academic year.

Refund Policy

In Accordance with California State Regulations and Coast District Policy, registration fees will be refunded according to the following:

Enrollment fees, Non-Resident Fees, Material Fees:
100% refund of fees paid at registration for each class dropped by the refund deadline. No refund will be made after the refund deadline. There are no exceptions.

Health Fee, College Service Charge:
100% of the fees paid at registration will be refunded if the student totally withdraws from all classes by the refund deadline for each class. No refund will be made after the refund deadline. There are no exceptions.

Parking Permit:
Return the parking permit (If purchased) in-person or by mail. The Parking Permit must be postmarked or returned to the Enrollment Center (Registration Office) on or before the earliest refund deadline on your official Student Class Program, which is available via the student tab on your MyGWC portal.

To Be Eligible For a Refund:
Students must officially withdraw from classes by the refund deadline (Refer to the Student Class Program/Web Schedule Bill on the Student tab of the MyGWC portal page. It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from classes and to verify all withdrawals.

An instructor may drop students for non-attendance. Instructors are not responsible for making sure drops are made by the refund deadline. If the student has not been dropped from the class by the instructor, the student is responsible for withdrawing from the class by the refund deadline. Students who are officially enrolled in a class after the refund deadline will not be eligible for a refund. There are no exceptions.

Refund Processing:
Refunds will be automatically processed every week beginning the first week of registration of the semester in which the fees were paid and each week thereafter until the end of the term. Refunds are not processed during the first two weeks of the fall and spring terms. Official withdrawals made in accordance with the refund policy and by the withdrawal deadline will generate a credit balance on the student account.

Online Credit Card Payment Refunds:
Registration fee payments made by credit card through MyGWC will be refunded to the same credit card used for payment. Allow 6-10 business days for the refund to post. If the Credit Card used to pay fees is no longer valid, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Enrollment Center once the credit has been posted to the student’s account and prior to the refund being processed. The refund will be converted to a check refund upon proper notification.

On Campus Payment Refunds:
Fee payments posted on campus, by cash, check, money order or credit card, will be refunded through Higher One as either a check, mailed to the mailing address the Enrollment Center has on file, direct deposit to an existing bank account or to a Higher One account depending on the refund choice made by the student. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain correct and up-to-date address information. Addresses can be updated on MyGWC, under the Student Tab, and then click on Banner Self Service.

Important:
Payments made using multiple payment methods (online credit card payments and cash, check or money order) during the current registration period will be refunded to the credit card used for online payments