Financial Aid Services at College of San Mateo - BOG Waiver
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Financial Aid Services
Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW)

How do I obtain a Board of Governors Fee Waiver?
Part-time or full-time students may qualify for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver as explained below. Arrangements for assistance should be made prior to registration. You can apply for a BOG Fee Waiver via WebSMART.

Method A
  1. Be a California Resident
  2. Receive TANF/CalWORKS or SSI/SSP (Supplemental Security Income / State Supplemental Program) or General Assistance / General Relief while enrolled.
  3. Sign an application under penalty of perjury that he/she is a program recipient and provide documentation such as an Aid Verification Summary (TANF), copy of a Benefits Letter from the Social Security Administration Office (SSI), photocopy of the most recent public assistance check (General Assistance).
Method B
  1. Be a California Resident
  2. Meet the income standard described in the chart below:
  3. Part-time or full-time students may qualify for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver as explained below. Arrangements for assistance should be made prior to registration.
Board of Governors Fee Waiver Program (BOGFW-B)
2015-2016 Income Standards2016-2017 Income Standards
Family Size2014 IncomeFamily Size2015 Income
1 $17,505 1 $17,655
2 $23,595 2 $23,895
3 $29,685 3 $30,135
4 $35,775 4 $36,375
5 $41,865 5 $42,615
6 $47,955 6 $48,855
7 $54,045 7 $55,095
8 $60,135 8 $61,335
Each Additional
Family Member
$6,090 Each Additional
Family Member
$6,240

Method C
  1. Be a California Resident
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and request the information be sent to the district college you plan to attend
  3. You will receive a confirmation that the FAFSA was processed generally within two days after completing that process
  4. It can take 2-3 weeks to process the completed application
Special Classification
  1. Be a California Resident
  2. Have certification from the California Department of Veterans Affairs or the National Guard Adjutant General that you are eligible for a dependent's fee waiver
  3. Have a certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs or the CA Victim Compensation and government Claims Board that you are eligible as a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor as a child of a recipient or a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack
  4. Have documentation that you are eligible as a dependent of a deceased law enforcement / fire suppression personnel killed in line of duty
New Eligibility Regulations Effective Fall 2016
California Community College students receiving the BOGFW must meet minimum academic and progress standards to remain eligible for hte BOGFW due to changes made by SB 1456 Student Success Act if 2012 to Title 5 of the California Education Code.

Students must:
  • Maintain a cumulative GPa of 2.0 (Academic Standard)
  • Successfully complete at least 50% of all units attempted (Progress Standard)
If a student is placed on academic and/or progrss probation for two consecutive primary terms (fall or spring semester), they will lose eligibility for the BOG Fee Waiver as well as enrollment prioirty. For more information and on this regulation and the conditions by which students can appeal, please check our district probation and district student forms pages.

Students are encouraged to utilize the numerous support services on campus to help them regain good academic standing.