Financial Aid

State Financial Aid Program

Board of Governor's Fee Waiver Program
(BOG Waiver, BOGW)
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Important information about BOGWFall 2016 BOG Fee Waiver Changes

Once you’ve qualified for the BOG Fee Waiver, it is important to ensure that you are meeting the college’s academic and progress standards in order to avoid losing your fee waiver:

  • Academic – Sustain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 for two (2) *consecutive primary terms (fall and spring semesters are primary terms at Las Positas College) you may lose your fee waiver eligibility

  • Progress – Complete more than 50% of your coursework

If the cumulative number of units you successfully complete falls below 50% in two (2) *consecutive primary terms (fall and spring semesters are primary terms at Las Positas College) 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 less than 50% may result in loss of fee waiver eligibility.

*’Consecutive terms’ are defined by the state, as any two primary semesters of attendance during which there were no more than ONE primary term of non-attendance inbetween.  Example: If you attended Spring 2015, didn’t attend Fall 2015, and attended Spring 2016, the Spring 2015 and Spring 2016 terms are considered ‘consecutive’.  If you attended Fall 2014, did not attend Spring 2015 or Fall 2015 but attended Spring 2016, then the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 terms are NOT considered consecutive.

You will be notified within 30 days of the end of each primary 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 BOG fee waiver at your next registration opportunity.

The California Community Colleges offer a Board of Governors Waiver (BOGW) to help eligible students with Enrollment Fee ($46 per unit). The BOGW is a non-monetary program and may require repayment if a student receives a BOGW initially based on incorrect information provided.  BOGW applicants are not required to be enrolled in a specific number of units. The BOGW pays the $46/unit enrollment fee for a given academic year beginning with Summer Term. This program is available to California residents only, or students who qualify under AB540 regulations.

To obtain an Enrollment Fee Waiver, documented students file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov, AB540 undocumented students file a California Dream Application (www.dream.csac.ca.gov) , or either can file a paper BOGW application available at the Financial Aid Office.

California residents (those who have lived in California for at least one year and one day) must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible:

Type A (documentation required):

  • Receive AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children), TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), SSI/SSP (Supplemental Security Income), or General Relief. Students must show proof (i.e., copy of a CA-7 with current or last month’s date, agency verification, etc.);
  • Be certified by the California Department of Veterans Affairs or the National Guard Adjutant General for eligibility for a dependent's fee waiver;
  • Be eligible as a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor or as a child of a recipient or a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • Be eligible as a dependent of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty.

Type B (documentation required):
Meet the income standards listed in the Total Family Income table below. Students should be prepared to show previous federal tax return(s), W2s, or other income verification. These amounts are estimated at the time of publication and are subject to change.

Number in Household
2016 - 2017 Maximum Income Standards*
1
$17,655
2
$23,895
3
$30,135
4
$36,375
5 $42,615
6 $48,855
7 $55,095
8 $61,335
Add $6,240 for each additional family member.

* These standards are based upon the federal poverty guidelines, as published each year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Under Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, the student or student's family must have a total income in the prior year (in this case, 2015) that is equal to or less than 150% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines based on family size.
Students without Social Security Numbers who qualify as ‘AB540’-eligible students through the Admissions and Records Office are encouraged to apply for a fee waiver at California Dream Act or by filing a paper BOGW Fee Waiver Application.

Type C (must have completed a FAFSA)

You have applied for financial aid (FAFSA) and have been determined to have an unmet need by the U.S. Department of Education. A Minimum Unmet Need of $1,104 is required. For more information please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Once you are awarded a fee waiver, it will be applicable for the entire Financial Aid year (Fall, Spring, and Summer). You must reapply for FASFA every new school year!!

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 CLASS-Web system you will not be assessed the $46/unit enrollment fees.

BOGW Application Forms

2016-2017 Financial Aid Year

The deadline to qualify for a BOGW Fee Waiver is the last day of the spring semester.  Note: If a student retroactively demonstrates eligibility for a fee waiver at any time prior to the last day of the spring term for that academic year, the student may request a refund of enrollment fees previously paid, even if one or more terms have been completed. Refunds of enrollment fees paid for the academic year must be requested by June 30 of the academic year.  If a student becomes ineligible for a BOGW after receiving a BOG Fee Waiver, the college has the right to pursue recovery of the ineligible fees.  Fee waivers previously granted due to incorrect information on an earlier FAFSA or Fee Waiver Application are subject to reversal if the corrected information indicates the student does not meet the eligibility requirements, and collection of fees will be required.
If you qualify for a BOGW by the deadline and have already paid registration fees, you may receive a full refund for the waived fees by completing an Application for Refund of Enrollment Fees, available on our FORMS page (Request for Refund of Enrollment Fees) or at Admissions and Records Office, Building 1600 (Second Floor). Note: If a student retroactively demonstrates eligibility for a fee waiver at any time during the academic year, the College may reimburse the students for the fees paid, even if one or more terms have been completed. Reimbursements may be paid to students only within the current academic year. There shall be no reimbursements after June 30 of the academic year. If a student becomes ineligible after receiving a BOG Fee Waiver, the college has the option of pursuing recovery of the ineligible fees.

Loss of Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOGW) - Financial Aid Office

Please be aware that a student who continues a second consecutive term on academic or progress probation will result in the loss of the BOGW Fee Waiver.

Please check with Counseling for the appeal process.

Financial Aid

Building 1600
Room 1650 (second floor)
Tel: 925.424.1580
Fax: 925.449.6038
E-Mail lpcfinaid@laspositascollege.edu

General Information

Federal School Code: 030357


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