Financial Aid

State Financial Aid Program

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The Board of Governor's Enrollment Fee Waiver (BOGW) was created to provide access for California residents to Community Colleges so that the cost of enrollment would not be a barrier. Click Here for a video explanation from Financial Aid TV.

BOGW is based on financial need and is not affected by *academic progress. It assists with mandatory registration fees; it does not waive other fees, such as health fee, parking fee, mailing fees, student activities fees which must be paid by the student.
The fee waiver is not a cash award.

For eligible California residents, this program waives the $46/unit enrollment fee. The BOGW is not a cash award and does not cover other educational expenses.

Beginning Fall 2016, students who have not met the college’s *Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for two consecutive terms will no longer qualify for a BOGW waiver the following term. This is based on new State regulations

You must earn at least 50% of units attempted with a minimum 2.0 GPA to meet minimum standards to retain your BOGW.


2015-2016 Fee Waiver Forms
for summer 2015, fall 2015, and spring 2016


BOGW applications enable students to be considered for the BOGW Enrollment Fee Waiver only and not other forms of aid.
By filing a FAFSA, students are considered for the BOGW as well as other forms of aid.



There are three very different methods by which you may recieve a fee waiver:

1. BOGW A (Method A) Qualified applicants (or their parents if applicant is dependent) must be currently receiving:
(You must provide proof of benefits)

a. AFDC/TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families)

b. SSI (Supplemental Security Income)

c. General Assistance

d. Have certification of a dependent's fee waiver from the Department of Veteran's Affairs.


2. BOGW B (Method B) The student (or their parents, if dependent) must meet the maximum income guidelines below.
(You MAY be required to show proof of income - Federal Tax Return, etc.).

Number in Household
2015 - 2016 Maximum Income Standards
5 $41,865
6 $47,955
Add $6,090 for each additional family member.


3. BOGW C (Method C) If you do not qualify for a BOGW under Method A or Method B, you need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for a BOGW. Many students who don't meet the strict income criteria of Method B still become eligible for a BOGW by filing a FAFSA.

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.


When is the Deadline to Apply for a BOGW?

The deadline to apply for a BOGW is the last day of the school year. This means that the Financial Aid Office must receive a valid BOGW application or Student Aid Report (SAR) no later than the last day of finals during Spring semester.

Once you qualify for a BOGW, eligibility continues for the remainder of the terms within the school year. 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).

Financial Aid

Building 1600
Room 1650 (second floor)
Tel: 925.424.1580
Fax: 925.449.6038
E-Mail Financial Aid

General Information

Federal School Code: 030357

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