Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW)
BOARD OF GOVERNORS FEE WAIVER POLICY
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
The BOG Fee Waiver pays enrollment fees when:
- you are eligible for a Cal Grant or other need-based financial aid,
- you receive CalWORKs/TANF, SSI or General Assistance (or if you are a dependent student and one of your parents receives this assistance),
- your total family income is within the income standards* (see below), or
- you fall into a special classification that includes dependents of veterans.
For details on the BOG waiver, go to www.icanaffordcollege.com 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|
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.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS FEE WAIVER POLICY
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.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
- Minimum cumulative progress rate of 50%
Students will lose BOG Fee Waiver eligibility if their GPA and/or progress rate falls below the minimum for two consecutive semesters.
REINSTATEMENT OF BOARD OF GOVERNORS FEE WAIVER
It is possible for students to have their Board of Governors Fee Waiver eligibility reinstated in the future. Reinstatement of eligibility requires:
- Achieving the cumulative Academic Standards
- Demonstrating significant academic improvement (significant academic improvement is defined as achieving no less than the minimum grade point average of 2.0 and progress standards of 50% in the term in which eligibility is determined). Reinstatement will be automatic and does not require the student to appeal for reinstatement.
- Successfully appealing the reinstatement of Board of Governors Fee Waiver eligibility due to documented extenuating circumstances. Reinstatement will not be automatic and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
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.
CONDITIONS FOR FILING AN APPEAL
BOARD OF GOVERNORS FEE WAIVER APPEAL FOR EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES (printable PDF at www.butte.edu/financialaid).
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
|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:
- A typewritten statement explaining your situation and why the BOGFW should be reinstated
- Documentation to support extenuating circumstances, or the need for an accommodation
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.