The Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver

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The Board of Governors Fee Waiver waives enrollment fees for community college students who are California residents and qualify by meeting certain income and eligibility requirements.

BOG Eligibility Requirements

In an effort to help students succeed in the California community colleges, the Student Success Act of 2012 was enacted to create minimum academic and progress standards that must be met for continued eligibility for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver Program (BOGFW).

  • Academic - Sustain a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Progress - Complete more than 50% of your coursework.
  • If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 for two consecutive primary semesters, you may be subject to lose your fee waiver eligibility.
  • If the cumulative number of units you complete is less than 50% in two consecutive primary semesters, you may be subject to lose your fee waiver eligibility.

The Board of Governor (BOG) fee waiver pays only for the enrollment fees. It does not cover the fees for College Services, Student Health, Parking, facilities usage, or any course materials.

Fee Waiver Facts

  • When you submit this application, you will only be considered for a fee waiver. If you submit a FAFSA application, you will be considered for a Fee Waiver and financial aid.
  • If you qualify for a Fee Waiver, the State of California will pay for your enrollment fees. It does not pay for the College Services Card, Student Health Services, or course materials.
  • Fee Waivers are only for California residents as determined by Admissions & Records. We can award you a Fee Waiver but it will not be applied to your fees if you are not classified as a resident.

If you are applying based on Method A or Method B (as seen on the application) you will need to come to the Financial Aid Office to apply in person. We are required to obtain income documentation to process your application.

Academic & Progress Standards

Any combination of two consecutive terms of cumulative GPA below 2.0, and/or cumulative unit completion of less than 50% may result in loss of fee waiver eligibility.

How will I know if I am in danger of losing my waiver?

You will be notified within 30 days of the end of each term if you are being placed on either academic (GPA) and/or progress (course completion) probation. Your notification will include the information that the second term of probation will result in loss of fee waiver eligibility. After the second consecutive term of probation, you may lose eligibility for the fee waiver at your next registration opportunity.

How do I regain eligibility for my waiver?

If you lose eligibility for the BOG Fee Waiver, you can file an appeal by submitting the BOG Fee Waiver Appeal. In doing so, there are a few ways that you can have BOG Waiver reinstated:

  • Improve your GPA or course completion measures to meet the academic and progress standards.
  • Successfully appeal the ruling regarding extenuating circumstances.
  • Successfully appeal the ruling based on significant academic improvement.
  • Not attending your school district for two consecutive primary semesters.

The appeal process for extenuating circumstances includes the following:

  • Verified accidents, illness or other circumstances beyond your control.
  • Changes in your economic situation.
  • Evidence of inability to obtain essential support services.
  • Special consideration factors for CalWORKs, EOPS, DSPS and student veterans.
  • Disability accommodations not received in a timely manner
Please note that foster youth and former foster youth (24 years old and younger) and recipients of Cal Vet Fee Waiver are not subject to loss of BOG Fee Waiver under these regulations