Board of Governors Fee Waiver

This program determines if you qualify to have your ENROLLMENT FEES WAIVED. This FEE WAIVER is for California residents only. If you need money to help with books, supplies, transportation and other costs, please complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Application (for eligible AB 540 students).  It's OK to file both a BOGW and a FAFSA. We will let you know if you qualify for an automatic BOGW FEE WAIVER.  Even if you do NOT qualify using the simple BOGW method, you should file a FAFSA.  Many, many students do not qualify under BOGW Method A or B, but still qualify for a BOGW Method C fee waiver and additional financial aid by filing the FAFSA.

Apply now for a BOGW

To qualify for the BOGW Program, you must:

  • Be a California resident,
  • Be a non-California resident eligible for tuition exemption AB 540,
  • Be a non-California resident eligible for tuition exemption AB 1899, and
  • Meet the qualifying income standards for one of the BOGW methods below
  • BOGW Method "A" -   You, or your parents if applicable, must be currently receiving benefits from CalWORKs, TANF, SSI/SSP, or General Relief.  Bring proof of your benefits to the Financial Aid Office.
  • BOGW Method "B" -  You, and your parents if applicable, must meet the following income standards for the school year in which you are applying, based upon your Total Family Income.  Your income must be equal to or less than the amount indicated for your household size.


Family Size 2015 Income
1 $17,820.00                      
2 $24,030.00
3 $30,240.00
4 $36,450.00
5 $42,660.00
6 $48,870.00
7 $55,095.00
8 $61,335.00
Each Additional Family Member $6,240

These standards are based upon the federal poverty guidelines as published each year by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Under Title 5 of the California code of Regulations, the income standards for the BOGW program equal 150% of the federal poverty guidelines for the base year.

These standards are to be used to determine BOGFW-B eligibility.