BOGW Enrollment Fee Waiver

Fall 2016 BOG Fee Waiver Changes

Whether you want to move into a career or move on to a four-year university, California community colleges want to help you achieve your educational goals. The Board of Governor's (BOG) Fee Waiver is available for eligible students at California community colleges, and it will waive your per-unit enrollment fee at any community college throughout the state.

Once you've qualified for the BOG Fee Waiver, it's important to ensure that you're meeting the academic and progress standards in order to avoid losing the fee waiver.

Academic - Sustain a GPA of 2.0 or higher

If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 for two consecutive primary terms (fall/spring semesters), you may lose your fee waiver eligibility.

Progress - Complete a minimum 50% of your coursework

If the cumulative number of courses you successfully complete falls below 50% in two consecutive primary terms (fall/spring semesters), 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 your course completion is not a minimum of 50% may result in the loss of fee waiver eligibility.

How will I know?

You'll be notified within 30 days of the end of each 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 fee waiver at your next registration opportunity.

How to regain eligibility.

If you lose eligibility for the BOG Fee Waiver, there are a few ways that you can have it reinstated:

  • 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

The appeals process for extenuating circumstances includes:

  • Verified accidents, illness or other circumstances beyond your control
  • Changes in economic situation
  • Evidence of inability to obtain essential support services
  • Special consideration factors for CalWORKs, EOPS, DSPS, and veteran students
  • Disability accommodations not received in a timely manner

Please note that foster youth and former foster youth (age 24 years and younger) are not subject to loss of BOG Fee Waiver under these regulations.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the financial aid office or registrar in the Admissions & Records Office.


The Board of Governors of the California Community College system offers a fee waiver program for low-income residents of California that are attending a community college. The BOG fee waiver will waive all per unit enrollment fees for an eligible student. It will also waive a portion of parking permit fees. To qualify for a BOG fee waiver, you need to:

  1. Be classified as a resident of California or AB 540 student, according to Admissions and Records.
  2. Meet income criteria by:
    • Providing proof that you are receiving monthly cash assistance from TANF/CalWORKs, SSI/SSP or General Assistance (or, if a dependent student, your parent(s) receive this assistance) or
    • Establishing that your income (or your parent's income, if you are a dependent student) was within set income standards for the BOGW  or
    • Completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at VC and have remaining "financial need" or
    • Being a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient (or dependent); being a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack; having certification from the California Department of Veteran Affairs or the National Guard Adjutant General; or being a dependent of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty that you are eligible for this waiver.