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California College Promise Grant

Formerly the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver

Helping Students Succeed

Whether you want to move into a career or move on to a four-year university, California community colleges want to help you achieve your educational goals. The California College Promise Grant is available for eligible students at California community colleges, and will waive your per-unit enrollment fee at any community college throughout the state. Once you’ve qualified for the California College Promise Grant, it’s important to ensure that you’re meeting the academic and progress standards to avoid losing the fee waiver. Take a look at the videos below for a quick review of important information on the California College Promise Grant eligibility requirements.

What is the California College Promise Grant?

The California College Promise Grant is available specifically for California community college students, waiving your per-unit enrollment fee (currently $46) at any community college throughout the state.

How do I Apply?

Download the 2018-2019 California College Promise Grant application in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF). Once you complete the application, you'll need to mail or hand deliver it to your community college's financial aid office. To find contact information for your college's financial aid office, you can use the zip code locator on the right side of this page.

You can also apply online through CCCApply.

California College Promise Grant Eligibility Brochure

California College Promise Grant Fact Sheet

California College Promise Grant Handout

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Am I Eligible?

The three eligibility requirements to qualify for the California College Promise Grant are:
  1. You must be a student at a California Community College (CCC).

  2. You must be determined a resident, or be exempt from non-resident fees under AB 540.

  3. You must have financial need based on either Type A or Type B criteria:
If you do not meet either Type A or Type B eligibility guidelines, you may still be able to have your enrollment fees waived if you complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). See FAFSA for more information.


Can I lose my Eligibility for the California College Promise Grant?

Yes, it is possible to lose your California College Promise Grant under the following circumstances:

Academic — Sustain a GPA of 2.0 or higher

If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 for two consecutive terms (fall/spring semesters, or fall/winter/spring quarters), you may lose your eligibility for the California College Promise Grant.

Progress — Complete more than 50% of your coursework

You could also lose your eligibility for the California College Promise Grant if the overall number of units completed is less than 50% in two consecutive terms (fall/spring semesters, or fall/winter/spring quarters).

Combination of Academic and Progress Standards

Any combination of two consecutive terms of cumulative GPA below 2.0, and/or cumulative unit completion of less than 50% may result in loss of fee waiver eligibility.

How will I know?

You’ll be notified within 30 days of the end of each term if you are being placed on either Academic (GPA) and/or Progress (Course Completion) probation. Your notification will include the information that a second term of probation will result in loss of fee waiver eligibility. After the second consecutive term of probation, you may lose eligibility for the fee waiver at your next registration opportunity.


If I lose my Eligibility for the California College Promise Grant, what do I do?

How to regain eligibility

If you lose eligibility for the California College Promise Grant, there are a few ways that you can have it reinstated:

  • Improve your GPA or Course Completion measures to meet the academic and progress standards
  • Successful appeal regarding extenuating circumstances (see below)
  • Not attending your school district for two consecutive primary terms (fall/spring semesters, or  fall/winter/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 veteran students
  • Disability accommodations not received in a timely manner

Please note that foster youth and former foster youth (no more than 24 years old at the beginning of the academic year) are not subject to loss of the California College Promise Grant under these regulations. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the financial aid office or registrar at your college.