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BOGFWImportant! Effective Fall 2016, there will be important eligibility changes to the BOGFW program. Students who are placed on academic and/or progress probation or Disqualified (DQ) in two consecutive primary terms (Fall/Spring) will lose eligibility for BOGFW. Click here for more information!




The 2016-17 Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOGFW) application is available - click here to apply! This waiver covers the Summer 2016, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 terms.

The Board of Governor’s 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.

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

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

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

For the academic year 2016-17 
            You must complete the 2016-17 BOGFW, FAFSA or CADA Application. The 2016-17 BOGFW application is available now. Please click on the link above.

*California Residency status is determined by the SWC Admissions/Registrar’s Department.

To determine student eligibility for the BOGFW 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.  Students who have not completed either of these applications must fill out the BOGFW Application in order to determine if they are eligible.

Types of BOG Fee Waivers

BOGFW Method “A”

Students or their parent(s) must be currently receiving TANF/CalWorks, SSI/SSP, or General Assistance Benefits. To receive a BOGFW-A, the student is required to show verification of Benefits and it must be dated within 60 days of the BOGFW application date. Students who are eligible for a BOGFW-A will have their Enrollment, Health and Student Center Fees Waived, and the Parking Permit Fee will be reduced.

BOGFW Method “B”

Students and/or their Parent(s) must meet the household size and income standards established each year by the State of California. Students who are eligible for a BOGFW-B will have their Enrollment Fees waived, and the Parking Permit will be reduced. Method-B does not  waive the Health Fees.

BOGFW Method “C”

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADA, for eligible AB540 students that meet CADA criteria). Southwestern College will use the results to determine student eligibility for the BOGFW and will award those students who are enrolled and determined to have a minimum financial need of at least $1104. Students who are eligible for a BOGFW-C will have their Enrollment Fee waived and the Parking Permit Fee reduced. Method-C does not waive the Heath Fees.

Special Classifications:

You are eligible for a BOGFW 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 BOGFW will only have their enrollment fees waived.

AB540 Students:

Under AB131, students who are registered as AB540 students are entitled to apply for a BOGFW and should complete the BOGFW application at the link above. For students needing to qualify under the BOGFW-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 click here.

For more information, visit the SWC Financial Aid Office located in the Cesar E. Chavez Student Services Building, First Floor.

Last updated: 1/18/2017 9:13:45 AM