Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver

The Board of Governors (BOG) fee waiver is a California Community Colleges financial aid program for California residents that waives the enrollment fees for students. To obtain an BOG Fee Waiver, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by visiting fafsa.ed.gov, complete the California Dream Application by visiting dream.csac.ca.gov, or complete a paper BOG Fee Waiver Application. The BOG Fee Waiver application form is available below or at the Mendocino College Financial Aid Office. 

The following are the types of BOG Fee Waivers and their corresponding eligibility criteria.

Type A (documentation required)

  • Receive AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children), TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), SSI/SSP (Supplemental Security Income), or General Relief. Students must show proof (i.e., copy of a CA-7 with current or last month’s date, agency verification, etc.);
  • Be certified by the California Department of Veterans Affairs or the National Guard Adjutant General for eligibility for a dependent's fee waiver;
  • Be eligible as a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor or as a child of a recipient or a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • Be eligible as a dependent of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty.

Type B (documentation required)
Meet the income standards listed in the Total Family Income table below. Students should be prepared to show previous year's federal tax return(s), W2s, or other income verification.

Board of Governors Fee Waiver Program 
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    $6,240

* These standards are based upon the federal poverty guidelines, as published each year by the U.S. 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 (in this case, 2015) that is equal to or less than 150% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines based on family size.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the 2015 Poverty Guidelines in January 2015. 
These income standards are for the 2016-2017 academic year and are to be used to determine BOGFW-B eligibility EFFECTIVE July 1, 2016.

Type C
Students who have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California Dream Application and have a minimum unmet need of $1,104.

Once students are awarded a fee waiver, it will be applicable for the entire Financial Aid year (Fall,Spring and Summer) based on continuing eligibility.

Loss of Eligibility for BOG Fee Waiver
Effective fall 2016, a student shall become ineligible for the BOG fee waiver if the student is placed on academic or progress probation or any combination thereof for two consecutive primary terms (see academic standards).  Foster Youth are not subject to the loss of the BOG Fee Waiver; this exemption is effective until the date specified in Education Code section 66025.9(c).

Primary terms are defined as fall and spring semesters.  Terms shall be considered consecutive on the basis of the student’s enrollment so long as the break in a student’s enrollment does not exceed one primary term.

Academic Standards

  • Sustain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher - If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 for two consecutive primary semesters (fall/spring), you may lose your fee waiver eligibility.
  • Complete more than 50% of your attempted units - If the cumulative number of units you complete is not more than 50% in two consecutive primary semesters (fall/spring), you may lose your fee waiver eligibility.
  • Any combination of two consecutive semesters of cumulative GPA below 2.0, and/or cumulative unit completion of not more than 50% may result in loss of fee waiver eligibility.

Notification of Loss of BOG Fee Waiver
The District shall notify students who are placed on academic or progress probation for the first time, of the potential loss of BOG Fee Waiver.  Notifications will be sent to students 30 days after the end of each primary term that resulted in the student’s being placed on probation.  The notification will clearly state that two consecutive primary terms of probation will lead to a loss of the BOG Fee Waiver until the student is no longer on probation.  Each student will be notified about probation through the email address on file.  The notification will advise students about the available student support services to assist them in maintain eligibility.  Guidelines for appeals and deadline dates will be provided in the notifications.

The District shall also notify the students placed on academic or progress probation for a second consecutive term which has resulted in the loss of his/her fee waiver.  Each student will be notified about the loss of fee waiver through the email address on file.  

Appeal Process
1. 
Students may appeal the loss of a BOG Fee Waiver for any of the following reasons:

  • Academic/Progress Probation Extenuating Circumstances: verified illness, accident or circumstances beyond the control of the student or other circumstances that might include documented changes in the student’s economic situation.   (Examples of documentation are doctor’s notes, accident report, verification of loss of job, etc.)
  • Significant academic improvement by completing the most recent semester with a 2.00+ term GPA and completion of more than 50% of semester coursework;
  • Student with a verified disability, applied before the deadline but did not receive an accommodation in a timely manner; 
  • Student was unable to obtain essential support services; 
  • Student requests special consideration as a participant in one of the following programs:  CalWORKs, EOPS, DRC, Veterans;
  • Student has not enrolled at Mendocino College for two consecutive semesters (fall/spring) since becoming ineligible for the BOG Fee waiver.

2. Students must submit their appeal by the appropriate deadline for the semester in which they are enrolled. For more information regarding deadlines, please visit: http://www.mendocino.edu/student-services/financial-aid/policies/dates-deadlines-and-disbursements

3.  Incomplete appeal packets will not be considered by the committee and will be returned to the student for completion as time allows. 

4.  Appeals will be reviewed within ten (10) business days of the above stated deadlines by the Academic Review Committee.

5.  Notification of the appeal results will be sent to the email address on file. 

 

The BOG Fee Waiver Application and Appeal forms are located below.

Form
2016-2017 BOG Fee Waiver Application - English
2016-2017 BOG Fee Waiver Application - Spanish
2016-2017 BOG Fee Waiver Appeal

 

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