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BOG Fee Waiver


New regulations go into effect beginning in the Fall 2016 Quarter that will impact your eligibility for a Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG).  All 113 California Community Colleges are required under SB 1456 to implement these regulations and notify students who may be at risk of losing eligibility, regardless of whether or not they currently receive the BOG waiver.  The BOG waiver is available for eligible students at California Community Colleges, and will waive your per unit enrollment fee at any community college throughout the state.

 Minimum Requirements for Maximum Success

Academic – Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher

If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 for two consecutive primary terms (fall/winter/spring quarters), you may lose your fee waiver eligibility.

Progress – Complete more than 50% of your coursework

If the cumulative number of units you complete is not more than 50% in two consecutive primary terms (fall/winter/ spring quarters), you may lose your fee waiver eligibility.

Combination of Academic and Progress Standards

Any combination of two consecutive terms of cumulative GPA below 2.0, and/or cumulative course completion of not more than 50% may result in loss of fee waiver eligibility.

How will I know?

You'll be notified within 30 days of the end of each term if you are being placed on either Academic (GPA) and/or Progress (Course Completion) probation. Your notification will include the information that a second term of probation will result in loss of fee waiver eligibility. After the second consecutive term of probation, you may lose eligibility for the fee waiver at your next registration opportunity.

How to regain eligibility

If you lose eligibility for the BOG Fee Waiver, there are a few ways that you can have it reinstated:

  • Improve your GPA or Course Completion measures to meet the academic and progress standards
  • Successful appeal regarding extenuating circumstances
  • Successful appeal based on significant academic improvement
  • Not attending your school district for two consecutive primary terms (fall/winter/spring quarters)

The appeals process for extenuating circumstances includes:

  • Verified accidents, illness or other circumstances beyond your control
  • Changes in economic situation
  • Evidence of inability to obtain essential support services
  • Special consideration factors for CalWorks, EOPS, DSPS and student veterans
  • Disability accommodations not received in a timely manner

Loss of BOG/Priority Registration Appeal Form

Please note that foster youth and former foster youth (age 24 years and younger) are not subject to loss of the BOG Fee Waiver under these regulations.

Students are encouraged to take positive steps now to improve the conditions that resulted in their being placed on probation.  Many support services are available at De Anza and Foothill College.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact one of the offices listed below:

Counseling - Academic Progress/Probation

Admissions and Record

Financial Aid Office


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Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver: Fast & Simple

State law requires that students attending California Community Colleges pay enrollment fees. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver permits these enrollment fees to be waived for all eligible California and AB540 students. Please be aware that the BOG Fee Waiver is designed to cover your enrollment fees only. Other campus resources exist to assist with the purchase of books and supplies and must be applied for separately.

Understanding Eligibility:

If you are a California resident or qualify for AB540 status, you may be eligible for a BOG Fee Waiver if you meet at least one of the following criteria.

  1. You have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen OR you have filed a California Dream Act Application if you are an undocumented AB540 student, AND you have unmet need of $1104 or greater, or
  2. You or your family are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/CalWORKs, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI/SSP), or General Assistance, AND you have submitted a paper BOG application and proof that you are currently receiving one of the above listed benefits, or
  3. You have certification/documentation from the California Department of Veterans Affairs, California National Guard Adjutant General, California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, or other public agency that you are eligible for a dependent's fee waiver, AND you have submitted a paper BOG application and a copy of the certification/documentation, or
  4. You or your family's income for the base year (the tax year prior to the academic year for which you are applying for the BOG Fee Waiver) was equal to or less than 150% of the federal poverty level, AND you have submitted an online or paper BOG Application and provided the necessary income information on the application.

The BOG Fee Waiver application are available online through OpenCCCapply.

If you are ineligible for the BOG A or B, please submit the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application to see if you are eligible for the BOG C or other types of Federal or State financial aid.

It is the goal of the Foothill-De Anza District to honor one college's BOG Fee Waiver at the other college. This is a manual process and needs to be completed by the Financial Aid Office staff. If you have been awarded a BOG Fee Waiver from either Foothill or De Anza College and you will be attending classes at the other college during the same academic year, please contact the financial aid office to receive the Fee Waiver at both schools. If the BOG Fee Waiver does not waive your classes at the second college, please promptly contact their Financial Aid Office for confirmation and correction.

If you are not a California resident or AB540 student, you are not eligible for the BOG Fee Waiver. Do not complete the BOG application.

If you don't qualify for the BOG Fee Waiver, you can still file a FAFSA ( or California Dream Act Application ( to be evaluated for other types of financial aid.

*Important: You must reapply for the BOG Fee Waiver for each new academic year (July 1st - June 30th).


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Last Updated: 10/13/17