Jun 28

 

BOG Fee Waiver Application Forms

 

 

California Community Colleges 2013-2014 Board of Governors Fee Waiver Application

This Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW) is an application to have your ENROLLMENT FEES WAIVED. If you need money to help with books, supplies, food, rent, transportation and other costs, please complete a FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) immediately. The FAFSA is available at the Financial Aid Office of your community college. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information. This BOG Fee Waiver is for California residents only, as determined by the Admissions or Registrar’s Office. Non-California residents are NOT eligible for a BOG fee waiver but may apply for other financial aid by completing the FAFSA.

Has the Admissions or Registrar’s Office determined that you are a eligible California resident? YesNo

Note: Under the provisions of AB 131, students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition under Education Code Section 68130.5 (AB 540) will become eligible to participate in the BOG Fee Waiver program on January 1, 2013. A special application form will be created for this purpose. The application will be distributed to financial aid offices on or before the January, 1, 2013, eligibility date.
Name:
Student ID #
Last
First
Middle
Initial
Email (if available):
Telephone Number: (______)
Home Address:
Date of Birth: _______/_______/_________
Street
City
Zip
Code

 

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CALIFORNIA DOMESTIC PARTNER RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES ACT

The California Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act extends rights, benefits, responsibilities and obligations to individuals in domestic partnerships registered with the California Secretary of State under Section 297 of the Family Code. If you are in a Registered Domestic Partnership (RDP), you will be treated as an Independent married student to determine eligibility for this Enrollment Fee Waiver and will need to provide income and household information for your domestic partner. If you are a dependent student and your parent is in a Registered Domestic Partnership, you will be treated the same as a student with married parents and income and household information will be required for the parent’s domestic partner.

Note: These provisions apply to state student financial aid ONLY, and not to federal student financial aid.

Are you or your parent in a Registered Domestic Partnership with the California Secretary of State under Section 297 of the Family Code? (Answer “Yes” if you or your parent are separated from a Registered Domestic Partner but have NOT FILED a Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership with the California Secretary of State’s Office.) Yes No

If you answered “Yes” to the question above treat the Registered Domestic Partner as a spouse. You are required to include your domestic partner’s income and household information or your parent’s domestic partner’s income and household information in Questions 4, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. Student Marital Status:
SingleMarriedDivorcedSeparatedWidowedRegisteredDomestic Partnership

DEPENDENCY STATUS

The questions below will determine whether you are considered a Dependent student or Independent student for fee waiver eligibility and whether parental information is needed. If you answer “Yes” to ANY of the questions 1-10 below, you will be considered an INDEPENDENT student. If you answer “No” to all questions, you will be considered a Dependent student thereby reporting parental information and should continue with Question 11.

1. Were you born before January 1, 1989? (If “Yes,” skip to question 13) Yes No

2. As of today, are you married or in a Registered Domestic Partnership (RDP)? (Answer “Yes” if you are separated but not divorced or have not filed a termination notice to dissolve partnership. If you answer “Yes,” skip to question 13.)
Yes No

3. Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or currently serving on active duty for purposes other than training? (If “Yes,” skip to question 13) Yes No

4. Do you have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013, or other dependents who live with you (other than your children or spouse/RDP) who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through June 30, 2013? (If “Yes,” skip to question 13) Yes No

5. At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a dependent or ward of the court ? (If “Yes,” skip to question 13) Yes No

6. Are you or were you an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence? (If “Yes,” skip to question 13) Yes No

7. Are you or were you in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence? (If “Yes,” skip to question 13) Yes No

8. At any time on or after July 1, 2011, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless? (If “Yes,” skip to question 13) YesNo

9. At any time on or after July 1, 2011, did the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless? (If “Yes,” skip to question 13) YesNo

10. At any time on or after July 1, 2011, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless? (If “Yes,” skip to question 13) YesNo
If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions 1 – 10, you are considered an INDEPENDENT student for enrollment fee waiver purposes and must provide income and household information about yourself (and your spouse or RDP if applicable). Skip to Question #13.

If you answered “No” to all questions 1 – 10, complete the following questions:

11. If your parent(s) or his/her RDP filed or will file a 2011 U.S. Income Tax Return, were you, or will you be claimed on their tax return as an exemption by either or both of your parents?
Will Not FileYes No

12. Do you live with one or both of your parent(s) and/or his/her RDP?
Yes No

If you answered “No” to questions 1 – 10 and “Yes” to either question 11 or 12, you must provide income and household information about your PARENT(S)/RDP. Please answer questions for a DEPENDENT student in the sections that follow.

If you answered “No” or “Parent(s) will not file” to question 11, and “No” to question 12, you are a dependent student for all student aid except this enrollment fee waiver. You may answer questions as an INDEPENDENT student on the rest of this application, but please try to get your PARENT information and file a FAFSA so you may be considered for other student aid. You cannot get other student aid without your parent(s’) information.

METHOD A ENROLLMENT FEE WAIVER

13. Are you (the student ONLY) currently receiving monthly cash assistance for yourself or any dependents from: TANF/CalWORKs?
Yes No
SSI/SSP (Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Program)? Yes No
General Assistance?Yes No

14. If you are a dependent student, are your parent(s)/RDP receiving monthly cash assistance from TANF/CalWORKs or SSI/SSP as a primary source of income?
Yes No

If you answered “Yes” to question 13 or 14 you are eligible for an ENROLLMENT FEE WAIVER. Sign the Certification at the end of this form. You are required to show current proof of benefits. Complete a FAFSA to be eligible for other financial aid opportunities.

METHOD B ENROLLMENT FEE WAIVER

15. DEPENDENT STUDENT: How many persons are in your parent(s)/RDP household? (Include yourself, your parent(s)/RDP, and anyone who lives with your parent(s)/RDP and receives more than 50% of their support from your parents/RDP, now and through June 30, 2013.)

16. INDEPENDENT STUDENT: How many persons are in your household? (Include yourself, your spouse/RDP, and anyone who lives with you and receives more than 50% of their support from you, now and through June 30, 2013.)

17. 2011 Income Information

(Dependent students should not include their income information for Q 17 a and b below.) DEPENDENT STUDENT: PARENT(S)/ RDP INCOME ONLY INDEPENDENT STUDENT: STUDENT (& SPOUSE’S/ RDP) INCOME
a. Adjusted Gross Income (If 2011 U.S. Income Tax Return was filed, enter the amount from Form 1040, line 37; 1040A, line 21; 1040EZ, line 4). $
$
b. All other income (Include ALL money received in 2011 that is not included in line (a) above (such as disability, child support, military living allowance, Workman’s Compensation, untaxed pensions). $
$
TOTAL Income for 2011 (Sum of a + b) $ $

The Financial Aid Office will review your income and let you know if you qualify for an ENROLLMENT FEE WAIVER under Method B. If you do not qualify using this simple method, you should file a FAFSA.

SPECIAL CLASSIFICATIONS ENROLLMENT FEE WAIVERS

18. Do you have certification from the CA Department of Veterans Affairs that you are eligible for a dependent’s fee waiver? Submit certification.
YesNo

19. Do you have certification from the National Guard Adjutant General that you are eligible for a dependent’s fee waiver? Submit certification.
YesNo

20. Are you eligible as a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor or as a child of a recipient? Submit documentation from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
YesNo

21. Are you eligible as a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack? Submit documentation from the CA Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board.
YesNo

22. Are you eligible as a dependent of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty? Submit documentation from the public agency employer of record.
Yes No

If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions from 18-22, you are eligible for an ENROLLMENT FEE WAIVER and perhaps other fee waivers or adjustments. Sign the Certification below. Contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions.

CERTIFICATION FOR ALL APPLICANTS: READ THIS STATEMENT AND SIGN BELOW

I hereby swear or affirm, under penalty of perjury, that all information on this form is true and complete to the best of my knowledge. If asked by an authorized official, I agree to provide proof of this information, which may include a copy of my and my spouse/registered domestic partner and/or my parent’s/registered domestic partner’s 2011 U.S. Income Tax Return(s). I also realize that any false statement or failure to give proof when asked may be cause for the denial, reduction, withdrawal, and/or repayment of my waiver. I authorize release of information regarding this application between the college, the college district, and the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges.

I understand the following information (please check each box):


Federal and state financial aid programs are available to help with college costs (including enrollment fees, books & supplies, transportation and room and board expenses). By completing the FAFSA, additional financial assistance may be available in the form of Pell and other grants, work study and other aid.


I may apply for and receive financial assistance if I am enrolled, either full time or part time, in an eligible program of study (certificate, associate degree or transfer).


Financial aid program information and application assistance is available in the college financial aid office.

Applicant’s Signature
Date
Parent Signature (Dependent Students Only)
Date

CALIFORNIA INFORMATION PRIVACY ACT

State and federal laws protect an individual’s right to privacy regarding information pertaining to oneself. The California Information Practices Act of 1977 requires the following information be provided to financial aid applicants who are asked to supply information about themselves. The principal purpose for requesting information on this form is to determine your eligibility for financial aid. The Chancellor’s Office policy and the policy of the community college to which you are applying for aid authorize maintenance of this information. Failure to provide such information will delay and may even prevent your receipt of financial assistance. This form’s information may be transmitted to other state agencies and the federal government if required by law. Individuals have the right of access to records established from information furnished on this form as it pertains to them.

The officials responsible for maintaining the information contained on this form are the financial aid administrators at the institutions to which you are applying for financial aid. The SSN may be used to verify your identity under record keeping systems established prior to January 1, 1975. If your college requires you to provide an SSN and you have questions, you should ask the financial aid officer at your college for further information. The Chancellor’s Office and the California community colleges, in compliance with federal and state laws, do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, domestic partnership or any other legally protected basis. Inquiries regarding these policies may be directed to the financial aid office of the college to which you are applying.

FOR OFFICE USE ONLY
BOGFW-A
TANF/CalWORKs
GA
SSI/SSP
BOGFW-BBOGFW-C Special Classification
Veteran National Guard Dependent
Medal of Honor 9/11 Dependent
Dep. of deceased law enforcement/fire personnel
RDPStudentParent Student is not eligible

 

Comments:
Certified by:
Date:

Agency Certification, Untaxed Income (PDF)

Jun 18

Since the State of California wanted to help the citizens obtain a college degree, they have developed several financial aid programs. One way to have a federal financial aid grant is to apply for it through FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

California FAFSA application must be given the earliest time possible because it is granted first come first serve, provided that you are qualified.

There are several types of California financial aid that could be given to you when you apply for FAFSA. The most prominent is the California Pell Grant. This is a grant given to those who scored lower in EFC. This is usually in the form of cash. However, California welfare assistance can also be given in some rare cases.

California Financial Aid for Undocumented Students

Since the primary criteria of being qualified to receive a financial aid grant is to be a citizen of California, it does not mean that an undocumented individual can no longer have the right to receive such rewards.

An undocumented individual means that a person is neither a legal permanent resident nor a US citizen. This means that the person does not possess any legal documentation, visa, or even green card. An undocumented student though can apply for a legal residency if he wants to and can even go to college. That person is then eligible to receive any financial aid program supported by the State Universities, grants, and even waivers. If you are an undocumented student, you can visit maldef.org to look for scholarships that do not require you to be a citizen of the United States or a legal resident.

California Financial Aid for Single Mothers

It is truly hard for single mothers to go back to school easily without any financial assistance considering their current situation. The State of California noticed this need that is why they have made financial aid grants available for single mothers. Financial aid can either be in many forms. Loans are one, but single moms might find it hard to pay it still. Other options are then made available. Some of the aid includes cash assistance, food, healthcare, education and housing.

California Financial Aid for Graduate Students

The state of California wanted to help every individual who wants to go to college and this includes those graduate students. A financial aid can only be given to a graduate student provided that:

  • He is enrolled and admitted into a degree program.
  • A US citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • Has a valid social security number
  • Has a good academic standing and progress
  • No pending loans or owe any grant money to an institution
  • Enrolled in at least 6 units per quarter

California just wanted to help their citizens have a better future. These financial aid programs just prove how the State cares for their people. The financial aid programs are very flexible and there are plenty of grants available. You just have to show sincerity and dedication to have the grant if you truly wanted to finish college.

2012-13 College Expenses

Community Colleges
State Colleges
California Colleges
Private Colleges
Tuition
$1,002
$ 5,014
$ 11,285
$38,700
Textbooks
$ 750
$ 1,704
$ 1,564
$ 1,485
Room & Board
$ 800
$ 16,758
$14,336
$15,200
Total
$ 2,552
$23,476
$27,185
$55,385

How to Pay for College

  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Part-time work
  • Student Loans

Sources of Financial Aid

  • Federal government
  • State government
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Private organizations,
    foundations, church groups, employers

Where to Find Scholarships

  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Part-time work
  • Student Loans

Sources of Financial Aid

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Private organizations, church
    groups, employers

Tips on Private Scholarships

  • It never hurts to try!
  • Look for local
    scholarships. The applicant pool may be
    smaller and the chance of getting it higher.
  • Start early and pay close attention
    to deadlines.
  • Many organizations prefer continuing
    students so don’t get discouraged.

Federal Government Grants

  • PELL Grant (up to $5550)
    www.studentaid.ed.gov
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity
    Grant (up to $4000)
    www.studentaid.ed.gov
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
    ($1500)
    www.csac.ca.gov/doc.asp?id=125
  • Academic Competitiveness Grant
  • National SMART Grant (up to $4000)
  • Teach Grant Program
    (up to $4000)
  • California Chafee Grants (up to $5000)
  • Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents
    Grants (up to $11,259)

Cal Grant Programs (How to be eligible?).
To be eligible, student must be:

  • U.S. citizen or
    eligible non-resident
  • California resident
  • attend a California college or
    university in 2012 -13
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of
    3.0 or more
  • Family income and assets below the state
    ceilings
  • Students from disadvantaged or low
    income families, with family income and
    assets below the state ceilings

How to Apply State Financial Aid

  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal
    Student Aid) by March 2, 2013
  • Cal Grant GPA Verification Form
  • Contact your high school college
    counselor for details

Other Grants

  • UC Grants
  • CSU Grants
  • Independent College Grants
  • Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver
    (BOG Waiver) Waives California Community Colleges’
    enrollment fees for financially need California
    residents

Jun 17

Other than BOG Waiver, FSFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the other way to get your financial aid, you must provide tax information. The deadline for Priority Application is March 2. However, students can apply year-round.

The amount of aid you will receive depends upon your family’s situation. The maximum Pell Grant would be $4,731 per year. The maximum Subsidized Stafford Loan for a first year student is $3,500. Work-study allocations usually begin at $3,500 per year.

You have to complete a certain number of units with a minimum GPA of at least 2.0. In addition, you need to maintain an overall completion rate of at least 67% and an overall GPA of at least 2.0. to continue to receive the FSFSA.

Provided that you maintain satisfactory academic progress, you can receive Federal Financial Aid until you exceed 150% of the published length of an eligible program. You will have to reapply for Federal Financial Aid every year.

Financial aid administrators may make adjustments to a student’s FAFSA information on a case-by-case basis:

  • Loss or reduction in income
  • Child support
  • Financial responsibility for elderly grandparents
  • Extensive medical or dental expenses not covered by insurance

Normally you can apply both BOG Waiver (Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver) and FSFSA(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as long as you are qualified.

Jun 17

Most states such as New York and Florida require a durational residency requirement (usually at least 12 months). Arkansas requires 6 months. Tennessee is the only state that has no durational requirement. However, some states require two years, such as California and Arizona. For new immigrants in California, you normally need to reside at least two years to qualify for the in-state tuition. Some new residents can apply for some financial aids like BOG Waiver (Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver) or FSFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if they can’t afford the tuition, which is normally called out of state tuition.

So does New York have BOG fee waiver like California? The answer is No.

If you are qualified, go to the school’s Register office and present them the utility bills, telephone bills or the contract for your renting house or car registration etc to be eligiable as a lgeal residency of the state for at least one year. If you are working, you may show them the tax return report like 1040 form or your annual end salary report W2 form.

What Is BOG (Board of Governors) Fee?

The BOG fee waiver is a financial grant given by the government to qualified students in California to help them with the payment of their tuition. This waives their fees for enrollment for the whole school year and some parts of their permits for parking during the semesters of spring and fall. The BOG fee does not include Bus passes, Student rep fee, class material fees, Student activity card, health services fee and other fees that are optional. It is also not responsible for other BOG fee waiver taxable costs. It is the student’s responsibility and initiative to make sure that he or she is able to comply and pay for all the fees needed in the school. The Board of Governors (BOG) fee waiver is a California Community Colleges financial aid program for California residents that waives the enrollment fees for students. Per-unit enrollment fee is set by the California state legislature for all community colleges and is subject to change. The current fee is $20 per unit for identified California resident students.

BOG Fee Waiver Deadline

Each school in California has their own way of handling the BOG fee waiver process. Though the deadline usually falls before the semester starts, try and check with the school you are going to enroll in just to be sure.

How to qualify BOG? To qualify for the BOG fee waiver program, your family income needs to fall within the following range. In your case, if your family member is just you and your husband, your 2012 income should be below $20,535 to qualify for the 2008-2009 BOG fee waiver program.

Board of Governors Fee Waiver Program (BOGFW-B)
2012-2013 Income Standards

Family Size 2012 Income
1 $15,315
2 $20,535
3 $25,755
4 $30,975

 

BOG Fee Waiver Eligibility/Requirements/Qualifications

Not everyone can apply for the BOG Fee Waiver. You have to be:

  •  A resident of California
  • Enrolled in a college for at least one unit
  • Fall on any of these criteria:
    • A student dependent on need-based aids like TANF, SSI, General Assistance payments, or CalWORKS from the year 2011 or 2012
    • Has a Registered Domestic Partner (RDP) or parent that receives financial assistance
    • Has a certification of eligibility from the National Guard Adjutant General or the California Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Is a recipient or a child of a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor
    • Is a victim or dependent of a victim of the terrorist attack back in September 11, 2001
    • Is a dependent of a dead fireman or policeman that passed away in the line of public duty
    • Has a low family income considering the size of the household. The income for the 2013-2014 application will be based on the applicant’s family income on the year 2012. (You can see the full details in the BOG Fee Waiver Guidelines 2013)
      • Family size of 1 = Family income of $16,755
      • Family size of 2 = Family income of $22,695
      • Family size of 3 = Family income of $28,635
      • Family size of 4 = Family income of $34,575
  • Has a successful application of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The BOG fee waiver will be given to anybody whose financial need is greater than or equal to $1,104

There are many things that the government of the State of California offers to their citizens especially in the field of education. The BOG (Board of Governors) fee is one of them. Those in California going to community college may apply for a BOG Waiver or the Board of Governors Fee Waiver. This will waive the $46 dollar per unit enrollment fee they pay. There’s certain criteria that the student must meet.

If you are eligible for the BOG fee waiver, it is best if you act quickly and submit all the needed requirements. College costs a fortune and even a little help with your finances is really going to do a lot in your recent circumstances and even the future.

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