BOG Fee Waiver: Apply Now for 2016-2017

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.

If you submit a BOG application, we also encourage you to find out if you are eligible for other types of financial aid by filing either a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.

*Important: You MUST REAPPLY for the BOG Fee Waiver for each new academic year (July 1 - June 30).

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BOG Fee Waiver RulesNEW Effective Fall 2016

Starting Fall 2016, California Community College students receiving the BOG Fee Waiver must meet minimum academic and progress standards to remain eligible for the BOG Fee Waiver.​

Note: A student's BOG Fee Waiver eligibility at Foothill will be calculated based on ONLY Foothill GPA and unit completion records.


  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00
  • Successfully complete at least 50% of all cumulative units attempted


  1. If a student is placed on "Academic" or "Progress Probation" for two consecutive primary terms (Fall, Winter or Spring quarters) through Admissions and Records, the student will lose eligibility for the BOG Fee Waiver. The student will also lose his/her enrollment priority.

  2. Students who lose BOG Fee Waiver eligibility will have an opportunity to regain eligibility. See details below in the "How to Regain Eligibility" section.

For more information on these changes, click the following links to view:

How to Regain Eligibility

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

  • Improvement of GPA or Course Completion measures to meet the academic and progress standards
  • Successful appeal regarding extenuating circumstances (*See form below)
  • Successful appeal based on significant academic improvement
  • Not attending college in the district for two consecutive primary terms (Fall, Winter or 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

>>To make an appeal, download and complete the *BOG Fee Waiver Appeal Form.

Please note that documented foster youth and former foster youth (age 24 years and younger) are not subject to loss of the BOG Fee Waiver under these regulations. If you are in this category and have questions, please contact Christine Johnson at or 650.949.7470.

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 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 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 a BOG Application and provided the necessary income information on the application.
Getting the BOG Fee Waiver at both Foothill and De Anza

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 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.
Did you know...
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.
Please call (650 )949-7245 if you have questions and/or need one-on-one assistance.
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