Important Board of Governor Fee Waiver (BOGFW) Program Update
In an effort to help students succeed in the California community colleges, the Student Success Act of 2012 (California Senate Bill 1456) was signed into law by Governor Brown. Among other aspects, the Act included the creation of minimum academic and progress standards that must be met for continued eligibility for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver Program (BOGFW). These are different and separate standards from those for student federal aid, Cal Grant, and enrollment priority.
The Academic and Progress Standards for the BOGFW are:
Academic Standards: Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Progress Standards: Cumulative satisfactory completion of more than 50% of all coursework attempted.
- These standards do not apply to foster youth (24 years and younger).
- Eligibility to receive support services is not affected.
- Exemption is extended to enrollment priority.
- The 100 total degree-applicable completed unit cap does not apply to the BOGFW.
In order for students to maintain BOGFW eligibility, they must meet both the Academic and Progress Standards listed above.
In the future, within 30 days of the end of a primary term (Fall or Spring), the College will send a communication to those students who failed to meet the standards for two consecutive primary terms and will include instructions for how to appeal the loss of the BOGFW. This appeal is separate from any appeal for federal student aid, and the approval of one appeal will not mean the automatic approval of the other.
Students will be able to appeal the loss of the Board of Governors Fee Waiver based upon the following verifiable circumstances:
- Extenuating circumstances – cases of accidents, illnesses, or other circumstances beyond a student's control.
- A change in a student's economic situation.
- Evidence that a student was unable to obtain essential support services.
- Special consideration of factors for CalWORKs, EOPS, DSPS, and veteran students.
- Students with disabilities who applied for but did not receive accommodation in a timely manner.
- Significant academic improvement.
- Successful appeal for enrollment priority extends to the fee waiver.
Measurement of these standards will begin with fall 2015. The first semester a student could lose BOGFW eligibility as a result of not meeting these standards is fall 2016. Students who do not meet the standards will receive notifications no later than 30 days from the spring 2016 semester end date.