Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG)
In an effort to help students succeed in the California community colleges, the Student Success Act of 2012 (California Senate Bill 1456) was signed into law by Governor Brown. Among other aspects, the Act included the creation of minimum academic and progress standards that must be met for continued eligibility for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver Program (BOGFW). These are different and separate standards from those for student federal aid, Cal Grants.
Effective Fall 2016, California Community College students receiving the BOG Fee Waiver must meet minimum academic and progress standards to remain eligible for the BOG Fee Waiver. Students must:
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00
- Successfully complete at least 50% of all units attempted
Measurement of these standards will begin with fall 2015.
- If a student is placed on “Academic” and/or “Progress Probation” through Admissions and Records for two consecutive primary terms, the student will lose eligibility for the BOG Fee Waiver.
- The student could also lose enrollment priority through Admissions and Records if the “Academic” and/or “Progress” are not met for two consecutive primary terms.
- Students who lose BOG Fee Waiver eligibility will have an opportunity to regain eligibility by meeting the above listed standards or through an Admissions and Records appeal process.
- Foster youth and former foster youth (age 24 years and younger) are not subject to loss of the BOG Fee Waiver under these regulations.
Minimum requirements for maximum success.
Whether you want to move into a career or move on to a four-year university, California community colleges want to help you achieve your educational goals. The Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver is available for eligible students at California community colleges, and will waive your per unit enrollment fee at any community college throughout the state.
Once you’ve qualified for the BOG Fee Waiver, it’s important to ensure that you’re meeting the academic and progress standards in order to avoid losing the fee waiver.
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, or fall/winter/spring quarters), 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, or fall/winter/spring quarters), 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.
Applying for the BOG Fee Waiver
Eligibility for the BOG Fee Waiver can be determined from either the FAFSA, California Dream Act Application, or the BOG Fee Waiver manual application. To maximize your financial aid eligibility, it is important to complete and submit the appropriate application for you:
- Students eligible to apply for Federal Student Aid, enter your 2016-2017 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. Your BOG Fee Waiver eligibility will be determined by information on your FAFSA.
- Undocumented resident students qualifying for AB540 status, enter your 2016-2017 California Dream Act Application at dream.csac.ca.gov.
- Students who wish not to apply for other federal and/or state financial aid, enter your 2016-2017 online BOG Fee Waiver application here.
Tips for Successful BOG Fee Waiver Application
- You will need your 2015 income information. Dependent students will also need parent’s 2015 income information.
- Five to seven days after your entry, check your Financial Aid Award Letter in the Financial Aid section on WebAdvisor to determine if your BOG fee waiver has been awarded.
- Also check MyDocuments in the Financial Aid section of WebAdvisor to determine if additional documents will need to be presented to the Financial Aid Office to verify your eligibility for financial aid.
- If your fee waiver has not been awarded 7 days after your FAFSA or Dream Act entry, visit your campus Financial Aid Office and present a completed, signed manual BOG Fee Waiver application.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will I know if I’ve been placed on Academic and/or Progress Probation?
You’ll 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 a 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 to regain eligibility.
If I lost my BOG Fee Waiver, can I regain my eligibility?
There are a few ways that you may have your BOG Fee Waiver reinstated:
- Improve your GPA or Course Completion measures to meet the academic and progress standards;
- Successful appeal regarding extenuating circumstances; or
- Not attending your school district for two consecutive primary terms (fall/spring semesters, or fall/winter/spring quarters).
What are examples of extenuating circumstances that would qualify for an appeal?
- Verified accidents, illness or other circumstances beyond your control
- Changes in economic situation
- Evidence of inability to obtain essential support services
- Special consideration factors for CalWORKs, EOPS, DSPS and veteran students
- Disability accommodations not received in a timely manner
Who do I contact if I have additional questions or need assistance?
- For BOG Fee Waiver eligibility, Login to your WebAdvisor account and view your 2016-2017 Financial Aid Award Letter.
- For BOG Fee Waiver appeal process information, or to file an appeal, contact the Counseling Department, (530) 661-5703, or Admissions and Records, (530) 661-5700.
I’ve completed my BOG Fee Waiver application, and I do not see it on my award letter, what do I do?
Generally, your BOG Fee Waiver should be viewable on your award letter once it is packaged by the Financial Aid Office. If you qualify for the BOG Fee Waiver, and completed your application but do not see it listed on your award letter, contact the Financial Aid Office in Building 700 on campus with your photo ID to inquire. Due to federal privacy law, the Financial Aid Office will not release your BOG Fee Waiver award eligibility information over the telephone or email.