Feb 16

Types of BOG Fee Waivers

Method A

You or your parents must be receiving SSI/SSP, General Assistance, or TANF/CalWORKS. You need to show verification that is valid from the last 60 days. If you are eligible for BOG A then you will have Health and Student Center fees, Enrollment fees waived, and you’ll have a reduced Parking Permit Fee.

Method B

You must meet income and household size standards which is established on a yearly basis by the State of California. You will have Enrollment Fees waived, a reduction in parking fees but this method doesn’t waive health fees.

Method C

You need to fill out the FAFSA or the California Dream Act application. This will determine your eligibility for a BOG. You’ll have the enrollment fee waived and a reduction in parking fees but no reduced health care fees.

Special Classifications

You can get a BOG if you’re a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, qualified veteran or a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.


Jan 29

BOG Waiver Income Limit

Education comes for a heavy price, not just physically but also literally. It takes many efforts, by the parents, to make their kid complete his education. Only prolonged hours of hard work, years of savings and annual compensations can help a child in realising his potential and true talents. However, the story is not as bright always. Few underprivileged sections of the society do not get enough money or cannot collect enough resources to let their kids be enrolled in higher colleges. It becomes a very complicated situation for the parents as well as the government of the states. This impasse can be broke down only through the government’s intervention, because a government is chosen by its people for the single basic reason of helping them.

Keeping this in mind, the government of the California has decided to opt for a common BOG, board of governor, programme. The guidelines mentioning every inch of the information is available on the site of BOG fee waiver programs. This includes all the college falling into the California state region. The income limit set by the board of governors is as follows:

Family Size                                                                                        2012 Income

1                                                                                                                               $16,755

2                                                                                                                                $22,695

3                                                                                                                               $28,635

4                                                                                                                                $34,575

5                                                                                                                               $40,515

6                                                                                                                                $46,455

7                                                                                                                                 $52,395

8                                                                                                                                $58,335


Each Additional Family

Member                                                                                                                 $ 5,940

This chart clearly explains the income limit for a family to apply for the Board of governors’ fee waiver. The guidelines clearly explains the criteria you must fulfil in order to use the Board of governors fee waiver program and those points are

1} You or your family are receiving public assistance from the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or General Assistance

2} you have certification from the California Department of Veterans’ Affairs or the National Guard Adjutant General for a dependent’s fee waiver

3} you are a dependent of or a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honour.

4} you are a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.


In case that you do not fall into the either categories that are mentioned above, even then you can still be able to access the enrolment fees waiver program. However, for that you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Nevertheless, it would be better if you complete the FAFSA application as soon as possible so the BOD can define your eligibility for a fee waiver and possibly other financial assistance. You can fill a FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.

So these are all the details which will help you to access the fee waiver program from the BOD. All you have to do is to collect the application form, from the office either or through the internet. Fill up the application form as soon as possible and submit it physically or through the internet. Remember to complete and submit the form much before the deadline, because keeping the form to yourself, until the deadline would make your form the most unlikely to be considered.

Jan 20

Board of Governor’s Enrollment Fee Waiver (BOG):

Education is such an important part of life. For those who get it without any reservations, it does not usually mean a lot. However, it is the underprivileged section of the societies, who truly understand the dire need of education. People in colleges come from different backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures and races. Moreover, what unite them together in the temple of education is only and only the power of knowledge. However, to run any institution, money is necessary, and so willingly or unwillingly every student opting for any courses, from any university, across the world, needs to pay for his courses and degrees. So how do good students, coming from a humble beginning, complete their education?

It all starts from the primary schooling, where the government provides fee waivers for the bright but underprivileged students of the society. Moving on to colleges, the concept of facilitating bright students with fees waivers and book continues to be a part of any government’s ultimate agendas. The governors of California have started one such brilliant initiative, collectively. Together they call themselves BOG, where the abbreviation “BOG “stands for boards of governors. BOG is a California based board, which provides special enrollment fee waivers to the bright and intelligent students belonging exclusively to California.

Of course, like any other institution or organization, here as well you need to fit into the eligibility criteria. The most basic one is being a Californian, which also means that if you belong outside the Californian state, you are not fit for this Board of Governors fee waiver programme. You can access to the Board of Governors fee waiver either by visiting the college directly or by submitting your qualification details online, on their e-varsity portal. Your qualification details will include things like your school or undergraduate certificates, your degrees, co-curricular activities regarding information and so on.

Several California community colleges provides online BOG Fee Waiver applications through CCCApply. Through CCCApply you can easily access the fee waiver aid, here filling your application would take minutes and your application forms will also reach to the desired authorities, as soon as possible. Moreover, the form intended for applying to the BOG Fee Waiver is obtainable via PDF from the icanaffordcollege.com website. The amazing part is that all the colleges, in the California state, comes under this and you hence, you need not worry for college to college, individually.

If you have decided to fill in the form for any particular college, then mostly colleges will ask for your social security number, date of birth, term of admission, gender, ethnicity, primary language, planned employment, contact information, residency information, other personal information, proposed major and academic goals, and previous schooling. In addition to that, you would be also asked to create an email address and password and to select a security question for password recovery. You will need this email address and password to login to inside later to register for classes, check grades, and update your information. So filling a Board of Governors form is as easy as filling up any normal application form.



Nov 01

Apply for FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a program of the United States Department of Education that facilitates the processing, awarding, and monitoring of FAFSA grants, FAFSA student loans, and FAFSA financial aid in general.

Why should you apply for FAFSA?

FAFSA financial aid has a budget of about $150 billion every year for students all over the state. If you are someone who wants to attend college or a career school, but do not have adequate funding, FAFSA gives you a shot at getting the education that you want.

Who can apply for FAFSA?
FAFSA gets around 22 million applications every year for over $6,200 colleges and career school in the different states. The qualifications for FAFSA slightly vary per college and state, but the basic federal qualifications are the same:

  • A citizen of the United
  • Holder of a valid Social Security Number (except for the students from the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau)
  • Holder of a General Education Development (GED) certificate or high school diploma or home schooling papers
  • Enrolled as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate in an eligible program
  • Have a good academic record
  • Have no outstanding federal student loans or no existing refund for a federal student grant
  • Registered with Selective service
  • Have not gotten any conviction for drug related offenses

How can I apply in FAFSA?

Applying for FAFSA is a pretty straightforward process. In addition, since the advent of the internet, it has been a lot easier. Going to the official website of FAFSA will give access to the necessary FAFSA form to fill out, the list of requirements to present, and even the FAFSA estimator. Suffice it to say, applying for FAFSA is just a few clicks and types away.

When do I have to apply for FAFSA?
Since FAFSA operates on a limited budget and on a first come, first served basis, the earlier you apply, the better. Although the set FAFSA deadline is June 30, the deadlines for FAFSA applications vary per educational institution and state. To avoid confusion and to be ahead of the majority of FAFSA applications, the best advice is to apply for FAFSA by January 1 if possible.

Are there different kinds of FAFSA?
There are many different kinds of FAFSA, but they are generally grouped into three:

  • College or school FAFSA
  • State FAFSA
  • Federal FAFSA

Furthermore, FAFSA can be in the form of student loan and grants to name a few.

Is FAFSA the same as a scholarship?
FAFSA is not the same as a scholarship. FAFSA covers expenses for schooling that financial aid awardees will have to settle at a later time. On the other hand, a scholarship is given by institutions without necessarily needing payment later. In effect, scholarships can be much harder to get and sustain.

All other information that you may need about FAFSA financial aid such as FAFSA phone number, free FAFSA forms, and application for FAFSA pin, etc. can be found at the official FAFSA website www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

To get started with any other financial aid such as the BOG you need to complete the FAFSA and submit the required documents to the financial aid office. You can complete this form quickly by going to FAFSA website.

The system will ask you some questions and you should get a SAR or a Student Aid Report from FAFSA in about two to four weeks after you have submitted the FAFSA. This will depend upon whether you did this online or by regular paper. Your SAR will have all the information you put of your FAFSA which will be forwarded to colleges that you listed on the FAFSA and the grant agency for the state. The college will notify you for eligibility and then send you a letter for more information.

Nov 01

What are the Deadlines for FAFSA?

 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is currently the most popular form signed by students in the United States if they are looking for financial aid grants of different types. Both undergraduate and graduate students can apply. FAFSA is not only good for a single program. It is a gateway to receive at least one of the financial aid programs given in the United States and that includes:

  1. Federal Student Aid Programs (9)
  2. State Aid Programs (605)
  3. Institutional Aids

 The application for FAFSA starts every first day of the year. You are encouraged to file as early as possible since some states such as Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Vermont offer grants on a first come first serve basis.

FAFSA Deadlines

The ones who set FAFSA deadlines are the federal and state agencies together with the school financial aid offices. They vary depending on individual rulings. Some schools might set a deadline by the month of January itself, while some take longer. But in general, filing for FAFSA for a certain year has a deadline.

FAFSA application ends by midnight of June 30 CST. It is the deadline to file FAFSA for the current year. If you are applying for financial assistance for school year 2014 to 2015, the FAFSA filing deadline is by June 30, 2015, though it starts January 1, 2014. This means that the application is valid for 18 months. The same is applied for graduate school FAFSA deadline.

If you want to avail priority filing, you must know that the FAFSA priority filing deadlines are set on March 1. Filing before that time can increase your chances to be given the maximum amount of aid you are eligible to receive.

Filing after the Deadline

The deadlines stated do not mean that your application will no longer be accepted. It will still be accepted; however, there comes so many risks. Since it is commonly a first come, first serve, your chance of being granted with financial aids will be lessened. If you are truly serious upon getting a financial aid for your college education, better be early. Filing FAFSA after deadline presumes you are not being very serious or interested about it at all. There are only a few spots available so do not waste your chance to file earlier as soon as you can.

FAFSA helps not just you, but also your family in giving you quality education from prestigious schools. So if ever you came from a low-income earning family, do not lose hope and chances upon the possibility to study in your dream school in college even if it is expensive. FAFSA is here to realize that dream. Just do everything you can to avail one of the FAFSA financial aids and that includes noting when the deadline to file FAFSA is. Forgetting it for a moment might lead to you filing it late. If you want to help your family, file FAFSA earlier and enjoy the aid that might be given to you. Do your best in school and be thankful to the state, which gave you the opportunity to study for free or for a lesser fee.

Nov 01

Am I Eligible for FAFSA?

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is one of the hottest topics of the youth, especially since the financial situation across the globe began to go pretty much unstable. FAFSA raises many questions and to avoid misinformation, here is a rundown of FAFSA FAQ to help students and families learn how to avail of it.

What is FAFSA?

Federal Student Aid is a component of the United States Department of Education and is the largest provider of financial aid for students across the US. Under the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the role of the Federal Student Aid is to manage programs regarding financial assistance (grants, work-study funds, loans) for students attending college or career school.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) sometimes referred to as FAFSA financial aid, is a program developed by Federal Student Aid to facilitate the process of submission, screening, and approval of student aid.

What does FAFSA do?

FAFSA is involved in the entire process of student financial aid:

  • Accepting and processing applications
  • Disseminating useful information regarding student financial aid through FAFSA online and other avenues
  • Managing student aid report and federal student loan portfolio
  • Serving as an oversight in monitoring the compliance of students, schools, financial institutions, and all other program participants with laws and regulations regarding federal student aid programs
  • Securing repayment from federal student loan borrowers
  • Assisting students and families through the process of financial aid

How many people avail of FAFSA?

The United States Department of Education awards approximately $150 billion a year in federal student aids. FAFSA processes about 22 million submissions yearly, covering over 6,200 colleges and career schools in different states.

Who is eligible to apply for FAFSA?

The criteria for eligibility for federal student aid varies on the type of student aid one wants to apply for. The following are the basic eligibility criteria for FAFSA:

  • A citizen of the United States (or eligible non-citizen of the United States)
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (except for the students from the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands)
  • Have a General Education Development (GED) certificate or high school diploma or home schooling papers
  • Be enrolled as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate in an eligible program
  • Have satisfactory academic performance
  • Have no existing refund on a federal student grant or no outstanding federal student loan
  • Be registered with Selective service (except for students from Republic of Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and Federated States of Micronesia)
  • Have not incurred conviction for offenses related to illegal drugs (possession of, sale of, etc.) while receiving federal student aid

What are the different types of federal student aid?

There are many types of federal student aid such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Education Award for community service with AmeriCorps, aid in serving in the military or for being the spouse or child of a veteran to name a few. Federal student aids are generally categorized under:

  • Grants
  • Loans
  • Work-study

 How is the FAFSA estimator used?

The FAFSA estimator is also called FAFSA4caster and is found at the FAFSA website. All that needs to be done is to select the answers to the questions on the page and the options for paying for college or the FAFSA estimate will be revealed at the end.

What is the FAFSA pin?

The FAFSA pin is a 4-digit number used in combination with the unique Social Security Number, name, and birthdate. The FAFSA pin is used to identify FAFSA accounts and access personal information. The FAFSA pin is something that has to be applied for and it is used to sign Federal Student Aid documents, make binding legal obligations and access personal records.

Nov 01

File Your FAFSA Early for the Most Federal Student Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a program by the United States Department of Education. Every year, about $150 billion is awarded in federal student aids. With this much budget, it is no surprise that the amount of FAFSA applications submitted yearly is about 22 million, which covers more than 6,200 colleges and career schools all over the country.

The FAFSA financial aid process is a very detailed one and it can take as short as a few weeks to as much as two months, depending of course on when you applied and the completeness of the application you submitted. Simply put, the sooner you apply, the better.

When are the FAFSA Deadlines?

FAFSA Deadlines vary depending on the federal government, state government, and college or university. Aside from having different deadlines, each of the three also have different quotas or specific number of federal student aids awarded each year.

  • The federal FAFSA deadline is always June 30, which gives applicants about 18 months to file the form.
  • The state FAFSA deadlines are often earlier than federal deadlines and they vary for every state. The best advice is to check with the state department for the exact deadline and requirements.
  • The college FAFSA deadlines vary for every institution. Some have deadlines as early as February. It is also best to check with the educational institution of your choice so that you stay updated with the important dates regarding FAFSA.

Why is do you need to file your FAFSA early?

Most financial aids for students are first-come, first-served basis. Since there is a specific allocation for every type of federal student aid, the access to loans, and grants are controlled within the limited pool of money. Simply put, if you don’t file for FAFSA early on, there will be many more who might get the financial aid before you.

When is the best or earliest time to file FAFSA?
Submit your FAFSA as soon as you can. The best advice is to file your FAFSA as early as January 1 and begin filing for other scholarships after. Remember that your application has to go through a whole process, along with many other applicants. Getting it in early will make your documents get read, verified, and hopefully approved faster so you will not have to worry about the limited slot for the different kinds of grants available.

Why should I file FAFSA before applying for a scholarship?
If you get a scholarship approved before you get FAFSA, your scholarship will be credited against the FAFSA meaning you may not get as much financial aid as you hoped for or maybe even get denied. It is wise to remember that when you have to make a choice between federal student aid and scholarship, scholarship is not something you have to pay back in the future.

More related information such as FAFSA worksheet, eligibility requirements, kinds of FAFSA loans, FAFSA calculator or FAFSA estimator, calendar of specific deadlines, application for FAFSA pin and FAFSA forms are available at the official FAFSA website www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Nov 01

How to Find FAFSA Preparer Online?
With the United States Department of Education allocating over $150 billion and receiving over 22 million FAFSA financial aid  applications, it is easy to see why many applicants are seeking to submit way ahead of the FAFSA deadlines and find ways to turn in a good application. Although the process of filing for FAFSA does not appear that complicated, there are those who choose to seek for FAFSA help either for expedited processing of FAFSA application or just Professional FAFSA Filling Assistance. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about Professional FAFSA Filling Assistance:

What are the benefits of hiring a Professional FAFSA Filling Assistance?
You can think of a FAFSA preparer pretty much like a tax preparer. The FAFSA preparer helps with the following:

  • Expedited processing of FAFSA application (application can be finished as quickly as 20 minutes) so you never miss a deadline whether college FAFSA, state FAFSA or federal FAFSA
  • Reviewing of the important points and necessary information that needs to go into your FAFSA application
  • Gives personalized advice and consultation as to how to get the most out of your FAFSA application.
  • Provides better explanations and insights as to how the whole FAFSA system works and saves you the confusion

How to Find FAFSA Preparer Online?

Finding a FAFSA preparer online is as easy as going to any search engine for a basic search. The trickier part is really finding a preparer to trust with your personal information and FAFSA application. It is important to note that FAFSA and the United States Department of Education are not affiliated with any of the companies or websites that offer FAFSA filing services. Since many sites offer Expedited FAFSA Filing and Professional FAFSA Filling Assistance, here are some things to look for when you search for one:

  • Client Feedback

Check the reviews and comments of those who have availed of the company services. In some cases, word of mouth works too, ask those who have gotten their FAFSA approved to know which FAFSA preparer online they enlisted.

  • Years in Existence

Although it may not always be the case, companies who have been around for longer may have a better system and better trained staff.

  • Availability of Services

There are some companies that offer 24/7 service and there are those with a wider array of services compared to others.

  • Guarantee of Confidentiality and Privacy

Since the FAFSA application requires a Social Security Number (and then some more), it is best to look at the policies of a company regarding the handling of your information.

  • Cost

It does not have to cost too much to get help with FAFSA, but at the same time, be wary that something very cheap may be dubious and remember that you may need to turn over some personal information so beware.

Of course, if you are not enlisting Professional FAFSA Filling Assistance, the only other FAFSA Filing Options left are to file it yourself or ask a person you trust to do it for you.

May 22

Are There Any Deadlines for BOG Fee Waiver?

Since enrollment fees are so high, not all of those who want to go to school can afford to pay. This reason gave way to the establishment of various financial assistances. Aside from the financial assistance that helps students pay up their college fees, there is a unique form of it, which is the so-called Board of Governors Waiver. BOG fee waiver is applicable in California and is available only to the California residents.

What BOG Fee Waiver is all About

Unlike other assistance funds, this one cannot be placed in your hands. BOG fee waiver eliminates the full amount a student has to pay for the whole semester of the year he applied, in which, the transaction happens between the California State and the school. Once you will be granted, you do not need to worry anymore about your tuition fee for the whole school year. It is the state of California who waives this, so most likely, all colleges and universities participate in it. If you consider applying for it, you must know that there is a BOG waiver deadline. It is only valid for one school year. Using it for the next ones would not be possible. It expires its power to waive once it is used for one semester already, be it for summer, spring, or fall. This also does not cover up the allowances for supplies and books. If you want further assistance for books and supplies, you are free to apply to other assistance-giving organizations separately.

Who can avail BOG fee waiver?

The people who cannot afford college education are those who came from low-income earning families. This is why the program is made exclusively for them. Only those who have reached the BOG waiver income limit can avail of the assistance. The whole enrollment fees, including parking fees in excess of $30 can also be waived. Some schools may also depend the granting with the units or amount you are entitled to pay for a school year. Some limits to cover only $46, while some may also cover higher or lesser than that. You just need to qualify with the following BOG waiver qualifications.

  • Be a bonafide resident of California
  • Proof of being dependent either for general or cash assistance; or
  • Complete FAFSA with current financial need; or
  • Received the congressional medal of honor recipient

Methods of Qualification

Type A – your family receives assistance funds such as AFDC/ FSFSA/ CALWORKS/ TANF/ SSI.

Type B – your family’s income should be found in the bracket of eligible earners.

Type C – you must have completed and submitted the FAFSA or CDAA. You must be able to provide proof for this claim.

How to Apply

You can apply for BOG fee waiver online, directly through the website of the school you want to enroll in. Just follow their instructions well for successful application. The reason why an application for FAFSA is mandatory is to increase your chances of receiving other financial aids in case you are most qualified to be a recipient of the BOG fee waiver.

Dec 21

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The New York State noticed the need of the residents to have assistance regarding their postsecondary education. However, the existing federal financial aids can no longer cover for other students applying. This is why an assistance program such as the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is made available.

TAP is a program of the Higher Education Services Corporation (HECS) that replaced the previous financial aid program, which is the TRR (Tuition Remission and Reimbursement Program). TAP is a grant sponsored by the New York State for those New York residents who attend in the selected NY institutions. You can apply for a TAP grant by submitting an application via FAFSA or CUNY. TAP financial aid is willingly granted by the state, so this should not be paid back to the state.

TAP Grant Eligibility

Tap grant is to be given to those students who need financial aid provided that a person:

  • Is a citizen of United States or a noncitizen but is eligible
  • A legal resident of the State of New York
  • Studies at NYS approved postsecondary institutions
  • Graduated HS in the US and passed the test for “ability to benefit”.
  • Enrolled full-time and currently taking at least 12 credits
  • Must have a good academic standing and is matriculated
  • Charged at least $200/year
  • Not in default of federal student loans or federal financial aids
  • Meet income limitations

TAP grant deadline is every June 30 of every academic school year.

TAP Application Process

TAP application can be done either by the use of paper or online application. Whatever the method of submission you will choose, the same application process is applied.

Before applying for TAP, you have to submit first a FAFSA form since this will be the basis for HESC whether you are eligible for TAP or not. TAP application is mostly done online because it is a more convenient way to apply. You can visit the website of HESC to know more about how to apply for TAP online.

To check the status of your application, you also need to visit HESC.org. You can do this anytime you want. If you have provided an email address, HESC will just notify you when you passed. HESC might also send you alert emails to ask some questions regarding your application. If you have not provided any emails, you will most likely receive a postcard sent to you by HESC. In case your application is denied, you will also be notified by a denial notification letter.

TAP grant is only valid for a specific term, so if you are previously a TAP grant receiver, you just have to renew your application. In the renewal, you need to update all necessary information from your FAFSA and TAP. If you opt not to change any information, the same process is also needed.

HESC, as a financial aid agency in New York, wanted to help those college students who want to finish a degree, but could hardly do so because of financial incapability. TAP is just one of the 18 financial aid programs prepared by HESC that is considered as a very successful and helpful program for most students.

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