Board of Governors Fee Waiver
This is a state fee waiver program that was designed to provide education assistance to eligible California residents attending California Community College by waiving the enrollment fees. CCSF prefers to use the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application to determine overall student eligibility for not only the BOGW, but also for other federal or state aid programs.
There are three ways a student may qualify for the BOGW. Qualifications are verified through the FAFSA, CA Dream Act, or BOGW Application.
1. A student is currently a recipient of funds from TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), SSI (Supplemental Security Income), or GA/GR (General Assistance/General Relief), or if the student is a dependent, such funds are the sole source of income for the family. Verifiable documentation is required.
2. Household size and annual family income. The application may ask students to provide documentation of income, such as copy of their Federal Income Tax Return; students are required to provide documentation, if requested.
3. A student has applied for other state and/or federal aid and has demonstrated $1,104 or more of financial need by completing the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application. We highly recommend all students to submit a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application as this the most likely way to qualify for the BOGW.
How to Apply for BOGW
- Apply for BOGW at any point during the academic year
- You must reapply for a BOGW each year, beginning with the Fall term.
- If you are eligible for a BOGW, it will be valid for the entire academic year.
- Apply by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act Application or
- Complete a 2016-2017 Board of Governors Fee Waiver Application
Sustaining BOGW Eligibility
Once you’ve qualified for the BOGW, it’s important to ensure that you’re meeting the following academic and progress standards in order to avoid losing the BOGW:
- Academic – Sustain a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher. If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 for two consecutive primary terms (fall/spring semesters) you may lose your BOGW eligibility.
- Progress – Complete more than 50% of your coursework. If the cumulative number of units you complete is not more than 50% in tow consecutive primary terms (fall/spring semesters), you may lose your BOGW eligibility.
- 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 BOGW.
Loss of BOGW - Ways to regain your eligibility
- Improve your GPA or course completion measures to meet the academic and progress standards
- Successful appeal regarding extenuating circumstances
- Not attending your school district for two consecutive primary terms (fall/spring semesters, or fall/winter/spring quarters)
BOGW Extenuating Circumstances Appeal Include:
- Verified accidents, illness or other circumstances beyond your control
- Changes in economic situation
- Evidence of inability to obtain essential support services
- Disability accommodations not received in a timely manner
- Special consideration factors for CalWORKs, EOPS, DSPS and Veteran students
To file an appeal for the loss of BOGW, you will need to provide the following information and documents:
1. File a BOGW Loss Appeal Form for the semester in which you want to re-qualify for the BOGW. You can find the BOGW Appeal Form here on our Financial Aid Forms page.
2. A typed statement of your situation is required.
3. A comprehensive educational plan with all courses needed to complete the educational goal listed prepared by a counselor.
4. Supporting documentation