Need help paying your fees?
The Board of Governors of the California Community College system offers a fee waiver program for low-income residents of California who are attending a community college. The California College Promise Grant 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 California College Promise Grant, you need to:
- Be classified as a resident of California or AB 540 student, according to Admissions and Records.
- 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 California College Promise Grant or
- Completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or California Dream Act application 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.
How do I apply?
Eligibility is re-determined every academic year. Applications can be submitted online or in-person.
Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021 complete one of the following:
- Apply for the California College Promise Grant online at CCCApply. (Complete the 2020-2021 Application)
- 2020-2021 California College Promise Grant (CCPG) (Paper English) (En Español)
- 2020-2021 FAFSA at www.FAFSA.gov or the California Dream Act Application (if you are not eligible to file a FAFSA) online at www.caldreamact.org
What are the income ceilings for the California College Promise Grant?
|2020-2021 Income Ceilings|
|Family Size||2018 Income|
|Each Additional Family Member||$6,630|
Academic Standing - How to Avoid Losing the California College Promise Grant
Once you've qualified for the California College Promise Grant, 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 more than 50% of your coursework
If the cumulative number of courses you successfully complete is not more than 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 your 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 your fee waiver eligibility. After the second consecutive term of probation, you may lose your fee waiver eligibility at your next registration opportunity.
How to regain eligibility:
If you lose eligibility for the California College Promise Grant, 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 (coming soon)
- 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, FYE 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 California College Promise Grant under these regulations.