California College Promise Grant


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 California College Promise Grant (CCPG) will waive all per-unit enrollment fees for an eligible student.  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 CCPG and a FAFSA. We will let you know if you qualify for an automatic  FEE WAIVER.  If you do NOT qualify using the simple online application method, you should file a FAFSA.  Many, many students do not qualify under Methods A or B, but still qualify for a Method C fee waiver and additional financial aid by filing the FAFSAApply now for a California College Promise Grant 

Here is HOW To qualify

To receive the California College Promise Grant [CCPG] Program, you must

Be classified as a resident of California or be a non-California resident eligible for tuition exemption AB 540, or AB 1899 student by Admissions and Records,  and for California resident homeless youth as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

If you have not had your California residency or eligibility status determined by the Admissions or the Registrar or homeless status determined by the Financial Aid Office, see one of those offices to obtain the determination. California College Promise Grant eligibility cannot be determined until your status has been verified. 

Meet income criteria

  • Provide 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
  • Establish that your income (or your parent's income, if you are a dependent student) was within set income standards for the CCPG or
  • Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and have remaining financial need or
  • Be a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient (or dependent); being a dependent of a victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack; have certification from the California Department of Veteran Affairs or the National Guard Adjutant General; or be a dependent of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty that you are eligible for this waiver.


California College Promise Grant Program Part B

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 program equal 150% of the federal poverty guidelines for the base year.

These standards are to be used to determine Fee Waiver B eligibility.

 California College Promise Grant Type B Income Standards

2023-2024 Income Ceilings

Family Size 2021 Income
1 $20,385
2 $27,465
3 $34,545
4 $41,625
5 $48,705
6 $55,785
7 $62,865
8 $69,945

Each Additional

Family Member


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines 5CCR § 58620(b)(1)(F): For purposes of this subdivision, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines used each year shall be the most
recently published guidelines immediately preceding the academic year for which a fee waiver is requested. 5CCR § 58620: Student (dependent or independent) household income in the prior year equal to or less than 150% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines for a family of that size.