California College Promise Grant

The California College Promise Grant (CCPG), formerly known as the Board of Governors' Fee Waiver (BOGFW), is a state funded program which is available to California Residents* who meet the specific income eligibility requirements. The program waives the current Enrollment Fee of $46 per unit. Follow this link to apply online today for the 2019-20 academic year!

Student Health fees, Student Center fees and parking fees may be reduced or waived under qualifying CCPG standards (refer to information listed below).

The CCPG will be in effect for the academic year which includes the (Summer, Fall and Spring) semesters.

There are no minimum or maximum unit requirements for the program.

*Note: California Residency status is determined by the Registrar at the SWC Admissions Office.

Students who are placed on academic and/or progress probation or Disqualified (DQ) in two consecutive primary terms (Fall/Spring) will lose eligibility for CCPG at the next registration opportunity.


To determine student eligibility for the CCPG the Southwestern College Financial Aid Department will use the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADA) and will automatically award those students who are eligible and who have registered for classes. 

How Do I Regain Eligibility?

If you lost eligibility for the CCPG, you wil be notified within 30 days of losing eligibility. You have several options to regain eligibility:

  • Improve your GPA or course completion measures to meet the academic and progress standards
  • "Sit out" by not attending SWC for two consecutive primary terms (Fall/Spring)
  • Successfully appeal the loss of California College Promise Grants by completing a CCPG Appeal Form and submitting it to the Financial Aid Office.

Types of California College Promise Grants

Special Classifications

You are eligible for a CCPG if you are a dependent of a qualified Veteran, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, Victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, or deceased Law Enforcement/Fire personnel killed in the line of duty. Verification of eligibility from the appropriate agency is required. Students who are eligible for a special classification CCPG will have their enrollment fees waived only.

AB540 Students

Under AB131, students who are registered as AB540 students are entitled to apply for a CCPG and should complete the CCPG application at the link above. For students needing to qualify under the CCPG-C, students with a valid SSN should complete the FAFSA application and students without a valid SSN should complete the California Dream Application. For more information on AB540 eligibility and the California Dream Act, please follow this link.