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Financial Aid Services
Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW)

How do I obtain a Board of Governors Fee Waiver?
Part-time or full-time students may qualify for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver as explained below. Arrangements for assistance should be made prior to registration. You can apply for a BOG Fee Waiver via WebSMART.

Method A
  1. Be a California Resident
  2. Receive TANF/CalWORKS or SSI/SSP (Supplemental Security Income / State Supplemental Program) or General Assistance / General Relief while enrolled.
  3. Sign an application under penalty of perjury that he/she is a program recipient and provide documentation such as an Aid Verification Summary (TANF), copy of a Benefits Letter from the Social Security Administration Office (SSI), photocopy of the most recent public assistance check (General Assistance).
Method B
  1. Be a California Resident
  2. Meet the income standard described in the chart below:
  3. Part-time or full-time students may qualify for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver as explained below. Arrangements for assistance should be made prior to registration.
Board of Governors Fee Waiver Program (BOGFW-B)
2012-2013 Income Standards2013-2014 Income Standards
Family Size2011 IncomeFamily Size2012 Income
1 $16,335 1 $16,755
2 $22,065 2 $22,695
3 $27,795 3 $28,635
4 $33,525 4 $34,575
5 $39,255 5 $40,515
6 $44,495 6 $46,455
7 $50,715 7 $52,395
8 $56,445 8 $58,335
Each Additional
Family Member
$5,730 Each Additional
Family Member
$5,940

Method C
  1. Be a California Resident
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and request the information be sent to the district college you plan to attend
  3. You will receive a confirmation that the FAFSA was processed generally within two days after completing that process
  4. It can take 2-3 weeks to process the completed application
Special Classification
  1. Be a California Resident
  2. Have certification from the California Department of Veterans Affairs or the National Guard Adjutant General that you are eligible for a dependent's fee waiver
  3. Have a certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs or the CA Victim Compensation and government Claims Board that you are eligible as a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor as a child of a recipient or a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack
  4. Have documentation that you are eligible as a dependent of a deceased law enforcement / fire suppression personnel killed in line of duty
Another Option for BOGFW
Students who complete the FAFSA with demonstrated financial need will automatically be considered for a BOGFW.

However, students needing an immediate determination of fee waiver eligibility should first complete the Fee Waiver Application online on WebSMART and then do the FAFSA to see if there may be other opportunities for assistance.

Advantage of Completing the FAFSA vs. BOGFW Application
FAFSA will determine eligibility for:
  • BOGFW
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal SEOG Grant
  • Federal Work-Study
  • Federal Student Loan
  • Cal Grants
BOGFW will determine eligibility for:
  • BOGFW