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BOG Tuition Waiver Program

Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG) Program

The Board of Governor’s Enrollment Fee Waiver (BOGW) was created to provide access for California residents to Community Colleges so that the cost of enrollment would not be a barrier. BOGW is based on financial need. It assists with mandatory registration fees; it does not waive other fees, such as health fee, parking fee, mailing fees, student activities fees which must be paid by the student. The fee waiver is not a cash award.For eligible California residents, this program waives the $46/unit enrollment fee. The BOG is not a cash award and does not cover other educational expenses.

2016-2017 Fee Waiver Application

The deadline to apply for a BOGW is the last day of the school year. This means that the Financial Aid Office must receive a valid BOGW application or Student Aid Report (SAR) no later than the last day of finals during Spring semester.


Eligibility Requirements for BOG

All applicants must meet income, academic, and residency requirements to become eligible for the BOG tuition waiver.

 Income Requirements

1. BOGW A (Method A) Qualified applicants (or their parents if applicant is dependent) must be currently receiving:
(You must provide proof of benefits)

  1.  AFDC/TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families)
  2.  SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
  3.  General Assistance
  4. Have certification of a dependent’s fee waiver from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.



2. BOGW B (Method B) The student (or their parents, if dependent) must meet the maximum income guidelines below.
(You MAY be required to show proof of income – Federal Tax Return, etc.).

Number in Household
2016 – 2017 Maximum Income Standards
5 $42,615
6 $48,855
Add $6,240 for each additional family member.




3. BOGW C (Method C) If you do not qualify for a BOGW under Method A or Method B, you need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for a BOGW. Many students who don’t meet the strict income criteria of Method B still become eligible for a BOGW by filing a FAFSA.

Once the college receives the FAFSA results, to determine BOGW C (Board of Governor’s Waiver) eligibility, the financial aid office subtracts the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from their cost of attendance. If what remains (‘financial need’) is $1104 or greater, the student is given a fee waiver. Waivers are posted onto the registration computer system automatically once results are received from the federal processor. The waiver will automatically appear on the system if you are eligible. When you register using the Passport system you will not be assessed the $46/unit enrollment fees.

Academic Requirements

Academic — Sustain a GPA of 2.0 or higher. If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 for two consecutive primary terms (fall/spring semesters), you may lose your fee waiver eligibility.

Progress — Complete more than 50% of your coursework. If the cumulative number of units you complete is not more than 50% in two consecutive primary terms (fall/spring semesters), you may lose your fee waiver eligibility.

Combination of Academic and Progress Standards – Any combination of two consecutive terms of cumulative GPA below 2.0, and/or cumulative unit completion of not more than 50% may result in loss of fee waiver eligibility.


BOG Loss Petition Form

Students who have been disqualified for not meeting academic requirements for the BOG can petition for reinstatement. The Petition form can be downloaded below. Please follow all instructions on the Petition form before submitting.

BOG Loss Petition Form

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