Financial Aid - Federal School Code: 006972


Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW)


The California Community Colleges system provides a Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver for eligible California residents which permits enrollment fees to be waived. 


Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW) requires minimum need of $1,104

  • Waives enrollment fees (tuition) for eligible students who are California residents or who have AB 540 status, as determined by Admissions & Records.
  • Not paid as cash. BOG Fee Waiver is a resource applied directly to your student account to pay for class fees. Does not waive service fees, which must be paid by you or by your financial aid. See Fees.

 The BOG Fee Waiver pays enrollment fees when:

For details on the BOG waiver, go to and choose Financial Aid Info at the top of the page.

Board of Governors Fee Waiver Program

BOGFW-B 2016-2017 Income Standards*

Family Size 2015 Income
1 $17,655
2 $23,895
3 $30,135
4 $36,375
5 $42,615
6 $48,855
7 $55,095
8 $61,335

Each Additional Family Member

*Income Standards. 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 student or student's family must have a total income in the prior year (2014) that is equal to or less than 150% of the US Department of Health and Human Services  Poverty Guidelines based on family size.



California Community Colleges

California Code of Regulations, Title V, Section 58621 requires that Butte College establish, publish, and apply a policy providing that a student who is otherwise eligible for a Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver become ineligible if the student is placed on academic or progress probation, or any combination thereof for two consecutive primary terms (Fall and Spring). Terms shall be considered consecutive on the basis of the student’s enrollment so long as the break in the student’s enrollment does not exceed one primary term. Loss of eligibility shall become effective at the first registration opportunity after such determination is made.

Students placed on academic or progress probation shall be notified, via Butte College student email, of their status no later than thirty days following the end of the term that resulted in the student being placed on academic or progress probation.

The following Academic Standards are applied to the Board of Governors Fee Waiver ONLY.

Students will lose BOG Fee Waiver eligibility if their GPA and/or progress rate falls below the minimum for two consecutive semesters.


It is possible for students to have their Board of Governors Fee Waiver eligibility reinstated in the future. Reinstatement of eligibility requires:

Please note: A student who successfully appeals the loss of enrollment priority for the same term in which the student has been determined to lose the BOG Fee Waiver shall also have BOG Fee Waiver eligibility restored for the same term. Students who have a verified Foster Youth determination and students receiving special category fee waivers are not subject to the loss the BOG Fee Waiver.



A student who has lost eligibility due to failure to make academic standards may file an appeal, known as a Board of Governors Fee Waiver APPEAL.  An appeal will be reviewed only for documented “extenuating circumstances.” Appeals not meeting the definition of “extenuating circumstances” will not be accepted. Submission of an appeal does NOT GUARANTEE the reinstatement of students’ BOG Fee Waiver. Therefore, students should be prepared to pay for their enrollment fees pending the outcome of their appeal. If an appeal is approved, the student will receive the BOG Fee Waiver for the semester at the earliest rebill cycle following approval.

Examples of Extenuating Circumstances

Required Documentation

Verified illness, accident, or circumstance beyond student’s control Documentation verifying onset or circumstance and duration of illness or situation contributing to the loss of the Board of Governors Fee Waiver
Students with disabilities who applied for but did not receive accommodation in a timely manner Attach requested accommodation documentation verifying the date and duration of the occurrence

Changes to economic situation
Documentation verifying the circumstance and dates of changes to economic situation
Evidence student was unable to obtain essential support services Documentation verifying date and request for essential support services
Special consideration of factors for CalWorks, EOPS, DSPS and Veterans students Documentation of situation to be reviewed for special consideration


Be sure to attach the following:

Butte College offers many student support services to assist in maintaining your BOG Fee Waiver eligibility. We encourage you to take advantage of services, such as; counseling, tutoring, EOPS, DSPS and other education planning services to ensure that you maintain your eligibility while you work to meet your educational goals.

What Happens Next?
The Financial Aid Office will review your Board of Governors Fee Waiver Appeal and inform you by Butte College student email within 4 to 6 weeks whether your appeal has been approved or denied.