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Fee Waivers

​​​​​The California College Promise Grant

(formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver)​​​

What is it?

The California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver) is a state sponsored program which waives enrollment fees ($46 per unit) for eligible California residents.  All additional fees are not waived.  Here is a video about it from the California Community College Chancellor's office.

How do I apply for the California College Promise Grant?

You will be considered for the California College Promise Grant​ when you submit your Online FAFSA or  Online DREAM ACT Application. If you choose not to submit a FAFSA or Dream Act application, you can apply for the California College Promise Grant separately at this link.

What semesters are my fees waived?

If you are eligible for the 2018-2019 California College Promise Grant it will cover Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 semesters.

Do I need to re-apply each year?

YES – make it habit to complete your financial aid applications (FAFSA or DREAM) each year before March 2nd.

What are the eligibility requirements?

California residents have FOUR ways to qualify for a California College Promise Grant
1Students receiving cash assistance from: TANF/CalWORKs, SSI/SSP, or General Assistance.  Proof of benefits dated within the last 60 days must be submitted to verify eligibility. 
2Low income students according to standards set by the State of California Chancellor's office.
3Submit your FAFSA application! This eligibility is determined by information on your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application at FAFSA on the Web for US Citizens and eligible non-citizens.  For AB540 students please complete the Online Dream Act​ application. Once we receive a valid SAR (Student Aid Report), your eligibility can be evaluated.



Special Classifications: This is for dependent students of any of the following: a qualified Veteran (CalVet), a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient; a Victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack; or a deceased law enforcement/fire personnel killed in the line of duty.  Proof of eligibility from the appropriate agency is required.
AB-2990AB-2990: This is a tuition waiver for the surviving spouse or child of of a deceased person who was a resident of California and employed by or contracting with a public agency, whose principal duties consisted of law enforcement service or active fire suppression and prevention, and who died as a result of his or her duties. 
Additionally...All Students must Meet Academic Standards

Sustain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher


Have a cumulative completion rate of more than 50 percent of the coursework you attempt. (Drops, withdrawals and failing grades affect your completion rate.)

If I am not meeting the Academic Standards, when will I lose my California College Promise Grant?

If your cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 and/or the cumulative number of units you complete is not more than 50 percent for two consecutive primary terms you will be ineligible for the California College Promise Grant the next semester.

What are primary semesters?

At Santiago Canyon College a primary semester is considered Fall and Spring semesters.  Winter and summer sessions are not considered primary semesters.

How can I regain eligibility if I lose my California College Promise Grant due to not meeting the Academic Standards requirements?

If you lose this grant due to not meeting the Academic Standard requirements, here are a few ways that you could have it reinstated:

  1. Improve your GPA or course completion ratio to meet the academic standing and progress standards
  2. Successfully complete the appeal process.
  3. Do not attend Rancho Santiago Community College District schools for 1 year (sit out 2 consecutive primary semesters).  But, before selecting this option we highly advise you to meet with the Financial Aid Office or Counseling Office to ensure you understand all your options.

Can I appeal my loss of California College Promise Grant if I am not meeting the Academic Standards?

Yes – Click on the Appeal Process Link for the appeal process.

Is there more than one way to apply for the California College Promise Grant?

Yes –