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Board of Governors Fee Waiver Changes for fall 2016

 

Board of Governors Fee Waiver:

The Board of Governors Fee Waiver program is a State financial aid program administered by the Chancellor's Office of the community college system.

Only California residents may apply. This fee waiver waives the enrollment and student center fees portion of your registration.

BOG Fee Waiver – Important 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 (BOG). These are different and separate standards from those for student federal aid, Cal Grant, and enrollment priority.

The Academic and Progress Standards for the BOG are:

Academic Standards Progress Standards
Cumulative GPA of 2.OO or higher 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.
  • The AHC 100 total degree-applicable completed unit cap does not apply to the BOG eligibility.

In order for students to maintain BOG 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 communicate with 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 BOG. 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.

Appeals

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 (LAP), 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 began with fall 2015.  The first semester a student could lose BOG 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. 

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Students who received a BOG for 2015-2016 must reapply for the 2016-2017 school year. Summer 2015 is the start of the new year for BOG. If you have completed the 2015-2016 financial aid application (FAFSA or Dream Act), please check myHancock to see if your BOG has been awarded to you

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Attention Students!!  Beginning 2015-16 school year, BOG will be implementing academic standards.  These changes may affect your BOG eligibility for 2015-16 school year.  Keep checking Allan Hancock's website and/or myHancock financial aid messages/deadlines for updates.

Do not mail your BOG application with your registration packet. Prior to submitting your packet, take the BOG application to the Financial Aid office. Staff will determine your eligibility at that time.

The BOG is separate from other financial aid programs and has its own application form and eligibility criteria.There are three types of BOGs: A, B, and C:

BOG-A - Recipients of public assistance (e.g., General Assistance/Relief, TANF/CalWORKs, SSI) are eligible for BOG-A. Proper documentation must be provided to the Financial Aid office to receive BOG-A.

BOG-B - Eligibility for BOG-B is based on household size and total family income for the calendar year preceding the academic year for which the student is applying.

BOG-C - In order to be eligible for BOG-C, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have demonstrated financial need as determined by the Financial Aid office. You can complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov.

 

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