What Is It?

The Board of Governors Waiver "waives" your enrollment fees at California Community Colleges if you qualify.  This means you do not have to pay the per-unit enrollment fee for all classes you are enrolled in for the academic year.

2 Ways To Apply:

1.  by submitting FAFSA or Cal Dream Application 

  • Apply this way because... you want to be considered for all federal and/or state aid programs in addition to the BOGW or because your income is too high to qualify for Paper BOGW Application.
    • Remember...

2.  by Paper BOGW Application

    • Apply this way because... one of the following situations applies to you:
      • You do not want to apply for other "Federal or State Aid" and you qualify for BOGW under Method "A" or "B" below.  Use Paper BOGW Application because it will process faster!
      • You are a "Dreamer" (an undocumented or AB540 individual) and you missed the Cal Grant March 2nd deadline, and you qualify for BOGW under Method "A" or "B" below.  Use Paper BOGW Application because it will process faster!
      • You are an "Independent Student" according to the Paper BOGW Application Only, and you qualify for BOGW under Method "A" or "B" below.  Use the Paper BOGW Application because you are not considered an "Independent Student"  on FAFSA or Cal Dream Application.

 

NOTE:  You DO NOT need to submit both a FAFSA or Cal Dream AND Paper BOGW!  

Paper BOGW Application Here:

2017-2018 Board of Governor's Fee Waiver Application (English)

2017-2018 Board of Governor's Fee Waiver Application (solicitud en español)

2016-2017 Board of Governor's Fee Waiver Application

2016-2017 Board of Governor's Fee Waiver Application (solicitud en español)

 

BOGW Academic & Progress Requirements:  (Starting Fall 2016)

Now, you must meet "Academic & Progress Standards" to remain eligible for BOGW!

 

BOGW Eligibility Requirements:

You Must...

  • be a California resident as determined by your college's admissions office
  • be enrolled in at least one unit
  • meet one of the following Methods:

 

Method A:  Applies to both Paper BOGW Application & FAFSA or Cal Dream Applications.

You meet Method A if any of the following apply to you...

  • You received need-based aid (TANF, CalWORKS, SSI or General Assistance payments) in 2014 or 2015 for 2016-2017 Academic Year or in 2015 or 2016 for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.  Or for dependent students, your parent received this assistance or their Registered Domestic Partner (RDP) did.

  • You have certification from the California Department of Veterans Affairs or the National Guard Adjunct General that you are eligible for a dependent's fee waiver.

  • You are a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor or the child of a recipient.

  • You are a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

  • You are a dependent of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty.

 

Method B:  Applies to both Paper BOGW Application and FAFSA & Cal Dream Applications.  

NOTE:  The FAFSA or Cal Dream Application have wider guidelines for qualifying for BOGW than the Paper BOGW Application.  This means... you could qualify for BOGW through FAFSA or Cal Dream Applications when you do not qualify for BOGW through the Paper Application. 

 

Method B Income Limits for Paper Application Only:

 

        2016-2017                                2017-2018

Family Size Income       Family Size Income
 $17,655   1  $
2  $23,895    2  $
3  $30,135   3  $
4  $36,375         4  $
5  $42,615   5  $
6  $48,855   6  $
7  $55,095   7  $
8  $61,335   8  $
Each Additional Family Member  $6,240   Each Additional Family Member  $

 

Method C:  Applies to FAFSA and Cal Dream Applications Only!

You qualify for Method C when your "Financial Need" is $1,104 or greater. 

"Financial Need" is the result of subtracting the "Estimated Family Contribution" (as determined by FAFSA and Cal Dream Applications) from the student’s "Cost of Attendance" (as determined by the your college).