California College Promise Grant (CCPG) - Financial Aid Office

About the CCPG

The California Community Colleges offer a California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the Board of Governors Waiver (BOGW)) to help eligible students cover the cost of classes - Enrollment Fees ($46 per unit) - for the academic year. This is a non-monetary award available to California residents only.

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To obtain a CCPG, students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Paper applications are available at the Financial Aid Office or download an application here. Undocumented students and students without a social security number can apply using the California Dream Act application. California residents (those who have lived in California for at least one year and one day) must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible:
  • Receiving monthly cash assistance from TANF/CalWORKs, SSI/SSP or General Assistance (or if as a dependent student, your parent(s) receive this assistance) as their only source of income.
  • Congressional Medal of Honor recipients (or a dependent), dependents of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, or have certification from the California Department of Veteran Affairs/ National Guard Adjutant General or are dependents of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty.
  • Meet the income standards listed in the Total Family Income table below. Students should be prepared to show previous federal tax return(s), W2s, or other income verification. These amounts are estimated at the time of publication and are subject to change.
California College Promise Grant Program (Formerly Board of Governors Fee) Waiver Program CCPG Part B 2018-2019 Income Standards*
Family Size Base Year Income
1 $18,090.00
2 $24,360.00
3 $30,630.00
4 $36,900.00
5 $43,170.00
6 $49,440.00
7 $55,710.00
8 $61,980.00
Each Additional Family Member $6,270

*These standards are based upon the federal poverty guidelines, as published each year by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Under Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, the student or student’s family must have a total income in the base year (in  this case, 2016) that is equal to or less than 150% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines based on family size.

The base year is defined as the income year used for the determination of an expected family contribution (EFC) for federal Title IV student financial aid unless professional judgement is exercised by a financial aid office to use the current year income.

These income standards are for the 2018-2019 academic year and are to be used to determine California Promise Grant Part B (CCGP-B) eligibility effective July 1, 2018.

Loss of CCPG

Effective Fall 2016, California Community College students receiving the CCPG must meet minimum academic and progress standards to remain eligible for the CCPG:

  • Academic - Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Progress - Successfully complete at least 50% of all attempted units.

If a student does not meet these standards and/or a combination of these standards for two consecutive terms the student will lose eligibility for the CCPG. 

Application Forms

2018-2019 Financial Aid Year (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019)


  • It is recommended that students apply for the CCPG prior to enrolling.
  • The fee waiver will not be applied to courses dropped prior to Financial Aid processing the application.
  • BOG/CCPG will be applied only within the current academic year. No retroactive awarding to previous academic years.
  • There shall be no reimbursements after June 30 of the academic year. If a student is found to be ineligible after receiving a Promise Grant, the college has the option of pursuing recovery of the ineligible enrollment fees.

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