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          Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW)


2015-2016 APPLICATION will be available approximately May 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

For faster processing complete the FAFSA at

(Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016)


Summer Students: If you need to complete the BOGFW application before May 1, 2015, and have NOT completed the FAFSA, please complete the form below (BOGFW 2015-2016) and turn it into the financial aid office at your campus. Do this before your registration date/time so that your enrollment fees will be waived. 

BOGFW 2015-2016 


2014-2015 APPLICATION will be available May 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

For faster processing complete the FAFSA at

(Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015)


Who Qualifies for BOGFW?

The Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW) waives your course enrollment fee if you are a California resident, and if one of the following conditions applies to you when you enroll:

  • You are qualified for federal student financial aid during the same academic year for which you are seeking a BOGFW and have a need of $1,104. 
  • You or your parents are receiving TANF/Cal WORKS benefits, SSI or General Assistance at the time that you apply for the BOGFW A. You will be required to provide documentation to show participation in one of these programs.
  • You fall into the qualifying income bracket as determined by filling out a BOGFW B application. The Financial Aid Office will process your application and notify you if you qualify.
  • You qualify according to one of these groups:
  1. Certification from the CA Department of Veterans Affairs that you are eligible for a dependent's fee waiver?
  2. Certification from the National Guard Adjutant General that you are eligible for a dependent's fee waiver?
  3. Certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs that you are eligible as a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor or as a child of a recipient?
  4. Certification form the CA Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board that you are eligible as a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack?
  5. Certification from a public agency employer that you are eligible as a dependent of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty?

The Orange County Veterans Service Office must complete the certification form. For more information contact (714) 567-7450. Reminder - you must also complete the online Board of Governors Fee Waiver application at the links below; please click on your home college's logo:

Coastline Community College 
 CODE: 013536

Golden West College 
 CODE: 001206

Orange Coast College
CODE: 001250


Military Contract Education and Military Spouse Programs are not eligible for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver.

How does the BOGFW work?

You do not receive an electronic funds transfer or a debit card; instead your enrollment fees are waived after registration activity. You are responsible for paying any and all fees remaining which include the Health Fee, College Service Charge, material fees, and parking permit.

Your Board of Governors Fee Waiver will be posted on the college’s registration fee screen and will be valid for Coastline Community College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College. If you paid your enrollment fees before the Board of Governors Fee Waiver was applied to your account, the Registration Office will complete a refund of those fees.

Important Program Update 

In an effort to assist students succeed in the community colleges, the Student Success Act of 2012 (California Senate Bill 1456) enacted a number of significant changes, including changes in the eligibility for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW). The changes in eligibility for the BOGFW start with the Fall 2016 semester and include academic and progress standards. These are different and separate standards than those for student federal aid, Cal Grant, and enrollment priority registration.

Academic and Progress Standards will be applied to two consecutive terms (Fall/Spring):

            Academic Standards                                       Progress Standards

Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher                   Cumulative satisfactory completion of at least 50% of coursework

  • These standards do not apply to foster youth and former foster youth (24 years and younger).
  • Eligibility to receive support services is not affected.
  • Exemption is extended to enrollment priority.
  • The cap of 100 credit units completed does not apply to the BOGFW.

    E-mail communications will be sent to students indicating if these standards were not met and will include instructions for appealing academic or progress standards within 30 days of the end of a term.


    Students will be able to appeal the loss of the Board of Governors Fee Waiver based upon the following verifiable circumstances:
  • Extenuating circumstances – cases of accidents, illnesses, or other circumstances beyond a student's control.
  • A change in a student's economic situation.
  • Evidence that a student was unable to obtain essential support services.
  • Special consideration of factors for CalWORKs, EOPS, DSPS, and veteran students.
  • Students with disabilities who applied for but did not receive accommodation in a timely manner.
  • Significant academic improvement.
  • Successful appeal for enrollment registration priority extends to the BOGFW.

    Students who have not met the standards will receive notifications 30 days after the Spring Semester 2016 ends and it will impact their eligibility for the BOGFW for the Fall 2016 Semester. Guidelines for appeals and deadline dates will be provided in the notifications as well as in the college class schedules, web site, and catalog.