New regulations & processes
The Big Changes for 2018-19
IMPORTANT: Beginning Fall 2019, The name of the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOG) is changing to California College Promise Grant (CCPG). Only the name is changing. All processes and requirements remain the same, and the type of aid will also remain the same - students will not physically receive the funds, the funding will be available to remove enrollment fees.
The California College Promise Grant (CCPG) - formerly known as the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver - is a state sponsored program that waives enrollment fees for qualifying students who are California residents. The CCPG is only available at California Community Colleges. BOG applicants do not have to be enrolled in a minimum number of units - whether you take 0.5 units or 21 units, your enrollment fees will be waived. CCPG applicants only need to apply once per year for the fees to be waived for the academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer).
The CCPG pays for enrollment fees only. Students are responsible for all other fees that apply (health fee, course material fees, parking permit, student ID, etc.). Assistance for the purchase of books and supplies must be applied for separately by submitting a FAFSA or DREAM Act application.
Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG)
The Full Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG) and the Community College Completion Grant (CCCG) will combine into one award named the Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG) beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.
Cal Grant recipients may be eligible to receive up to $4,000 per year. Each semester's disbursement will be based on the student's enrollment, which must be at least full-time in order to receive a disbursement. Students enrolled in 12 units or more (but less than 15 units) will be eligible to receive $649 for the semester. Students enrolled in 15 or more units will be eligible to receive $2,000 for the semester.
Eligible students for this grant must meet all of the following requirements:
- Must be receiving a Cal Grant Award
- Must enroll in 12 or more units per semester by the "Freeze Date".
- Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Students, who qualified for the SSCG, are encouraged to meet with their academic counselor to ensure that they have a comprehensive Student Education Plan and are on track to complete their program within the timeframe outlined in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
In order to qualify for the Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG) one must be eligible for Cal Grant B or C.
New Requirement for Non-Tax Filers
If the Student (and parents or spouse, as appropriate) did not file taxes, then a "Verification of Non-Filing Letter" must be obtained from the IRS (filers of foreign returns would submit a comparable document). The "Verification of Non-Filing Letter" may be requested online or through a paper 4506-T form.
In addition to the Verification of Non-Filing Letter from the IRS, students (and parents, as appropriate) must also submit a W2 form for each source of employment income, if applicable. If unable to provide the W2, you (and parents, as appropriate) should request a replacement W2 from the employer who issued the original. Also, W2s can be requested from the IRS. If unable to obtain W2 in a timely manner, you (and parent, as appropriate) may submit a signed statement that includes the amount of income earned from work, the source of that income, and the reason why the W2 is not available in a timely manner.
***Maximum Pell Grant award will increase from $5,815 to $6,095 a year.